50 Reasons Why Brisbane Needs Daylight Saving

By Catherine Blake
6th Oct 2015

Daylight Savings Time Brisbane

The time of year when mass confusion reigns is now upon us: yes, Daylight Saving time is here.

What should actually be pretty simple (ah, just change the clocks by an hour) is in reality harder than complex algebra. And don't get us started on navigating more than one time zone. (So… my 9am meeting Sydney time is at 8am in Brisbane, or is it 10am? Arghhhhh! And what time is it in Perth? Okay, I’ve definitely missed it.)

And to make matters worse, ever since that pesky Daylight Saving referendum of 1992 (referenDUMB, amirite?) Brisbane has been mercilessly shackled to the conventions of AEST while the other capital cities enjoy maximising their surplus sunlight with extra cocktails and exercise or both.

But after 23 years of no Daylight Saving, during which we’ve had to confront our fear of the dark, we think it’s high time Brisbane made the switch. Pay attention Premier Palaszczuk, here are 50 reasons why Brisbane NEEDS Daylight Saving and needs it now:

  1. The sentence ‘I’ll wake you at the crack of dawn’ would lose some of its ominous undertones.
  2. Going to bed at night would feel like taking a nap at midday.
  3. We’d get with the program, and that’s never a bad thing.
  4. As one of the few things that the LNP, the Greens and Labor can agree on there might actually be some political harmony.
  5. North Queensland would still get to do its thing while Brisbane businesses could remain synched with their interstate branches and affiliates.
  6. We’d all have a legitimate excuse to buy designer sunglasses and wear them all the time…
  7. …which would in turn save us the effort of doing eye make up in the morning.
  8. It’d help boost our cred with the young peeps.
  9. We’d all get a nice break from the arduous practises of moon worship.
  10. The abundance of vitamin D would annihilate the very real danger of developing rickets.
  11. The extended daylight would help foster a deeper appreciation of winter.
  12. The city slogan could be changed to ‘Give me Brisbane any time’.  
  13. ‘I’ll call you at 4.30’ would actually mean 4.30. 
  14. Texts from Melbourne wouldn’t wake us up in the morning.
  15. It would rekindle all the fond memories of Brisbane’s long summer days in the early 90s.
  16. Workers on the night shift would actually get to see the sun.
  17. All the shareholders of Victory Curtains & Blinds would make a killing.
  18. With a delayed twilight, power lunches would last forever.
  19. Malcolm wouldn’t groan quite so loudly whenever he had to arrange a teleconference with Clive.
  20. More sunlight would mean less lamps and lower power bills. 
  21. The majestic sunset would happen when everyone would actually be able to enjoy it.
  22. All the extra sunshine would make summer holidays seem twice as long.
  23. We could finally stop wearing those night vision goggles.
  24. There’d be better visibility in bars ergo less regret the morning after.
  25. We’d finally be liberated from Parmalat’s tyrannical monopolization of milk and time.
  26. All the cool cities on the eastern seaboard have daylight saving. Do it to be cool. You want to be cool, don’t you?
  27. We’d be able to walk home from work without the fear of nocturnal beasties stealing the shoes off our feet with their tiny claws.
  28. Shorts would always be appropriate. Even at dinner.
  29. Our local clinics would no longer overflow with patients who viciously stubbed their toes searching for the light switch.
  30. It would make our Alaskan houseguests feel right at home.
  31. Leaving chores like pruning to the last minute would become totally acceptable.
  32. The rate of vampire-related deaths would plummet.
  33. ‘Evening tan’ would be a thing.
  34. Getting lost on a bush hike wouldn’t start getting scary until 7pm.
  35. No one would be bothered if there was a blackout.
  36. The joy of marvelling at your neighbours Christmas lights would be reserved for midnight strolls.
  37. There’d be fewer cars on the road when it gets dark which decreases the chances of collision.
  38. Millinery would get the revival it so richly deserves.
  39. Ditto the folding fan.
  40. We’d neatly avoid the ungodly horror of being woken up a full hour early because we forgot to download the latest update.
  41. People would finally stop laughing at us.
  42. You could stay late at work and still get home with time to mow the lawn.
  43. The glare on our TV screens would encourage families to watch less and talk more.
  44. We’d all get an extra hour’s sleep-in when it came time to set the clocks back.
  45. The one-hour delay in milk delivery would give us a chance to practise being patient...
  46. …and encourage everyone to start drinking long blacks: the Jim Morrison of coffees.
  47. We’d finally use up all the sunscreen in the bulk 5L pump action tub we got on sale at Aldi.
  48. The awkward pause as we tried to calculate the time difference would be a lot shorter.
  49. We could all take up an extreme sport in the evenings.    
  50. We can divert our brain cells toward something more rewarding. Like seeking out new stuff on Netflix.

Okay, okay, even with Daylight Saving we still love Brisbane! Check out our article 90 Things We Love About Brisbane for all the best things to do in our delightful hometown!

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