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"Ditching Daylight Saving: A Critical Look at its Benefits and Drawbacks"

“Ditching Daylight Saving: A Critical Look at its Benefits and Drawbacks”

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The End of Daylight Saving: Rethinking Its Existence and Wind It Up


Daylight saving has been a contentious issue in Australia since its introduction in 1971. While it initially came with promises of reduced power consumption, improved road safety, and more leisure time, the validity of these arguments has come into question in recent years. With power prices rising, housing construction booming, and concerns about climate change and health implications, it may be time for state governments to reconsider the necessity of daylight saving.

The Loss of Purpose

When daylight saving was introduced, the ‘Yes’ campaign made bold claims about its benefits. It was touted as a way to reduce power consumption, lower the road toll, and provide more time for leisure activities. However, as the years have passed, these arguments have lost their weight.

In today’s world, power prices have skyrocketed, rendering the promise of reduced consumption a moot point. Housing construction has overtaken market garden land, leading to less greenery and elimination of tree canopies that help reduce heat. Additionally, the rise of remote work means that the need for leisure time after work has diminished, as people can now enjoy outdoor activities whenever they please.

Road Safety Concerns

One of the primary arguments in favor of daylight saving was that it would reduce the road toll. The idea was that by providing an extra hour of daylight in the evening, there would be increased visibility and therefore fewer accidents. However, the evidence supporting this claim is questionable.

In the United States, there is a campaign to implement year-round daylight saving to prevent deer collisions. While this may be relevant in the US, it is unclear if maintaining a 12-month daylight saving regime in Australia would have any significant impact on wildlife-related accidents. Furthermore, Australian road toll data shows an increase in fatal crashes in October, possibly due to fatigue after losing an hour of sleep when the clocks adjust forward.

Health Implications

Research from Monash University suggests that there are long-term cumulative health problems associated with daylight saving. This is supported by a study from Vanderbilt University, which warns that daylight saving interferes with our circadian rhythms, disrupting our internal clock. If our circadian rhythm is out of sync for six months, it could potentially lead to hidden health issues.

Considering these findings, it becomes apparent that the benefits of daylight saving might not outweigh the potential risks to our health and well-being.

The Need for Rethinking

Given the current circumstances, it is time for state governments to reevaluate the existence of daylight saving. The initial justifications for its implementation are no longer valid in today’s world. Power prices are soaring, housing construction is eradicating green spaces, and the benefits of extra leisure time after work have diminished with the rise of remote work.

Moreover, concerns about road safety and long-term health problems should not be taken lightly. If daylight saving does indeed disrupt our circadian rhythms and contribute to fatigue-related accidents, it is crucial to consider alternative solutions that prioritize our well-being.


In conclusion, the time has come to wind up daylight saving in Australia. The arguments in favor of its continuation have lost their validity, and new concerns about power consumption, housing construction, road safety, and health implications have surfaced. State governments should prioritize the well-being and productivity of their citizens by rethinking the existence of daylight saving and exploring alternative strategies for time management.


"Ditching Daylight Saving: A Critical Look at its Benefits and Drawbacks"
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Patterson Fiona

Hello, Australia! Fiona Patterson here. I'm your go-to gal for all things politics. I've been on the beat for more than a decade, so when it comes to the ins and outs of Canberra, I'm fair dinkum. Let's rip into it and cut through the jargon together.

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