Daylight saving chestnut supported by small business - across whole state
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) says the business community feels daylight saving could impact the state adversely if it not implemented in its entirety.
But, as that is unlikely, after decades of discussion, it has called on governments to get on with the job of creating jobs, building infrastructure and addressing economic concerns and not be distracted by the daylight saving debate ... again.
"CCIQ has previously and extensively surveyed the Queensland business community on daylight savings, canvassing more than 2300 businesses across a range of industries from both south-east and regional Queensland," a CCIQ spokesperson said.
"Business views confirm that the majority of Queensland businesses support the introduction of daylight saving but not at the cost of a split time zone across the state.
"Although three in five businesses statewide support the implementation of daylight saving for Queensland, this support falls to only one in three businesses if daylight saving is introduced in south-east Queensland only.
"The adoption of two time zones simply shifts the cost impacts of not having daylight savings from SEQ to regional Queensland but at the same time significantly exacerbates the financial impact of this issue."
And while the differing time zones along the east coast can impact on business, CCIQ said splitting the state into different time zones would be even worse.
"Many Queensland businesses have indicated that the absence of daylight saving in Queensland has had an impact on their business through increased hours of operation, increased costs, reduced sales and lower employee productivity," the spokesperson said.
"However feedback identifies the negative financial impacts would be significantly heightened if Queensland's time zone was split.
"These results indicate that Queensland needs to implement daylight savings comprehensively across the state or not at all as the evidence overwhelmingly suggests a split time zone would have an overall detrimental effect on the Queensland economy."
As for a previous petition to standardise the east coast, CCIQ said it was an example of "just the innovative thinking required to potentially address this divisive issue".
"However it is difficult to see both NSW and Victoria changing the status quo for the sake of a uniquely Queensland problem.
"Ultimately, the State Government should be concentrating on creating jobs, infrastructure projects and putting us back into surplus -- not wasting time and money on ideas that have been thrown out each year for the past 10 years or more."
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