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Daylight saving 'a step forward'

BUSINESSES on the Northern Rivers would benefit if daylight saving was implemented in areas south of Townsville, a Griffith University small businesses expert has said.

Owen Wright has a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Applied Law, and has research expertise in franchising, retailing and entrepreneurial marketing.

He said aligning times along the eastern seaboard would be a ‘big step forward’.

Mr Wright also said research had shown small businesses were ‘indifferent’ about daylight saving, but wanted times to be aligned.

“Most businesses, small or otherwise, have many affiliations with interstate businesses, especially in NSW and Victoria,” he said.

“The effects of daylight saving have a strong impact on the administrative side of most small businesses – this would certainly strongly focus on the Gold Coast and in the Northern NSW.

“Anecdotal evidence is that small businesses don’t care about daylight saving – they just want alignment with the eastern states.”

Mr Wright said millions of dollars would be saved because of the administrative costs incurred through extra wages in staying open later.

The issue on again on the agenda after independent Queensland MP Peter Wellington introduced a private member’s bill to Parliament which would split the State into two time zones.

The south-east corner would adopt daylight saving and the rest of the State would go without it.

Premier Anna Bligh has asked her Labor MPs to gauge support in their electorates and report back in four weeks.

Queenslanders last voted on the issue in 1992, when a proposal for the whole State to move to daylight saving time was rejected.

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