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    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Government will vote no to daylight saving

    Premier and Minister for the Arts
    The Honourable Anna Bligh

    Monday, June 07, 2010

    Government will vote no to daylight saving

    The Bligh Government will vote against a Private Members Bill in the State Parliament to stage a referendum on split time zone daylight saving for South-East Queensland.

    Premier Anna Bligh said Caucus had voted to oppose the Bill by Independent MP Peter Wellington because regional Queenslanders were overwhelmingly opposed to daylight saving.

    “The Labor Caucus this afternoon has had quite a lengthy discussion about the daylight saving issue and it’s absolutely clear from regional MPs that regional Queensland is absolutely opposed to any splitting of the state and any split time zone,” Ms Bligh said.

    “We’ve decided that we won’t be supporting Peter Wellington’s Private Members Bill for a split time zone in Queensland.

    “This was put to the vote and it was the clear decision of the Caucus.

    “There are a number of people – including myself – who would love to see daylight saving in the south-east corner but we accept that we are a government for the whole state.

    “And that means governing for regional Queensland and doing the right thing for all parts of the state.”

    Debate on the Private Members Bill will be heard in the Parliament later this year.

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