(h/t Rúnar) Labor leader Jodi McKay has lobbied the NSW government to consider a request made by one of her constituents that daylight saving is shortened to help combat climate change.
In the letter sent by the Strathfield MP to Energy Minister Matt Kean, Ms McKay writes that her constituent “advises that daylight saving time in NSW had made last summer too hot for walking in Hammond Park, her local park, at 8 pm as the temperature at that time remained at the 40°C mark.”
“[The constituent] has requested the duration of the daylight saving period in NSW be shortened as it has a significant impact on climate change,” Ms. McKay wrote on October 11. “I await your consideration and response on this matter.”
Daylight saving has been a fraught issue since being introduced in 1971, with multiple referendums in Queensland and Western Australia rejecting the arrangement.
Over the years, critics have attributed the change of time to a fall in robberies, increased petrol sales, a jump in heart attacks, less milk being produced by cows and faster fading curtains.
There are also various studies that show the change in time leads to higher or lower energy use.
A spokesman for Ms. McKay said it was not her view that daylight saving should be changed.
“Strathfield has a diverse community with a wide variety of views,” he said. “It is the job of the local member to represent those views to the government without judgment … she will never apologize for making sure that members of her community have their concerns heard.”
Mr. Kean, who is in London, declined to comment.
Without daylight saving, which begins on the first Sunday of October and continues until the first Sunday in April, the sun would rise in Sydney between 4.30 am in summer and 7 am in winter.
Ms. McKay’s constituent is not alone in calling for the daylight saving period to be shortened.
Adam Marshall, now the Agriculture Minister, told the Moree Champion in 2015 that he would propose cutting the first and last months of the daylight saving period.
Despite the Strathfield electorate resident’s concern and numerous university studies, there appears to be no strong connection between daylight saving and climate change.
Read rest at SMH
Credit: Source link