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Daylight saving is here

DOUBLE check your times to meet with friends and don't get to work late on Monday.

Why? Because daylight saving is here.

As of 2am this morning the clocks have moved forward by one hour for Daylight Saving Time (DST).

Daylight saving does not apply to Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory.

The change will be reverted on Sunday April 4, 2010.

Did you know

  • Queensland does not participate in daylight saving time as the public voted against it after a referendum, but it continues to be a contentious topic in the state with many in the south-east corner calling for the state to be divided into two time zones.
  • Western Australians voted against daylight saving time in a referendum earlier this year after trialing it for three years.
  • Daylight saving reputedly saves electricity. In theory less electricity is used, such as for lighting, in the evenings. Studies are being conducted to see if this is true.
  • Daylight saving has been around for a while. Benjamin Franklin reputedly suggested the idea when he was a minister in France, publishing an essay "An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light". It wasn't suggested again until 1907 in England.
  • A book has been written about daylight saving, entitled 'Seize the daylight: The curious and contentious story of daylight saving time'. Written by Dr David Prerau, the book aims to chronicle the long-standing debates. "Proponents have proclaimed DST's benefits, including saving energy, reducing automobile accidents, providing more daylight for outdoor activities, cutting crime, and many others. But DST also has had many detractors—from farmers to parents of schoolchildren - who have waged contentious battles against it", according to the book's website.

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