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WA daylight saving party eyes state seat

AAP logoAAP 1/11/2016 Rebecca Gredley

The Daylight Savings Party of WA is reigniting the debate about whether the state should have an extra hour of sunshine during the warmer months.

Party leader Wilson Tucker is running for a legislative council seat in the state election next March and hopes daylight saving becomes an election issue.

"We wanted to challenge the policy of previous generations and re-engage the conversation," he said.

Mr Tucker, aged 32, believes attitudes towards daylight saving are generational and said the main reason for extra daylight was to align time with recreational hours.

"People want more time in the evening to enjoy themselves, business members who engage with the east coast have a three hour time difference and young families want more time after work," he said.

He is aiming to take the issue to a public vote and believes the "yes" vote would gain a majority.

"It comes down to a cultural shift and attitude...it's time to have the conversation again."

There have been four daylight saving referendums in WA, in 1975, 1984, 1992 and 2009.

The state has rejected the idea each time, with the 2009 "no" vote the highest of all four referendums, following a three-year trial of daylight saving which began in 2006.

Arguments against daylight saving include young children not being able to sleep in the evening while it's still light outside, technology minimising the issue of a time difference with the east coast and that it will be darker in the mornings.

Queensland and the Northern Territory also do not have daylight saving.

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