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The votes have been counted and WA has again rejected daylight saving.

For the fourth time in 34 years West Australians gave daylight saving the thumbs down.   West Australians have rejected daylight saving in what will be the final referendum during the Barnett Government’s  power.

Results showing No vote has a lead – 531,786 votes against daylight saving compared to 426,531 for Yes to save  daylight saving. sun going down

Premier Colin Barnett post an early vote  placing a ‘Yes’ on his ballot paper, although he said a ‘Yes’ vote was unlikely to win.

Mr Barnett described the poll as a lifestyle issue and said whatever the outcome it would not really effect people’s lives.

The Yes cause fared best in northern coastal suburbs such as Joondalup, Mindarie, Ocean Reef and Hillarys.

In WA’s agricultural region the no vote had a massive 83.84 per cent of the vote.

Three per cent of WA voters were undecided.

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ballotWEST Australians have been urged to read Saturday’s daylight saving referendum question and instructions on how to vote carefully after No campaigners claimed ballot papers were biased.

Voters are instructed to write Yes or No in response to the question asking whether WA should have daylight saving, but the WA Electoral Commission confirmed that a tick could be counted as a Yes vote while a cross would be ruled invalid.

Premier Colin Barnett, who will vote against daylight saving, urged voters to read the ballot paper carefully.

He also told 6PR Radio this moreferendum werrning that West Australians should not allow politicians to come up with questions for future referendums.

Electoral Commissioner Warwick Gately rejected accusations the referendum was being manipulated, saying legal principles that applied at the 1992 daylight saving e being applied.

 
 
 

 

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The daylight debate is heating up, with less than 10 days to go before 180,000 South West
electors vote in a referendum on the contentious issue.

It seems the three-year trial only deepened the public divide on winding back the clock, with
families in particular using the trial to make up their mind – do they like daylight saving or not?

And while some families in the region have embraced the extra hour of sunlight, others say
it is an inconvenience and interferes too much with their way of life.

The Steiner family from Boyanup will be voting “yes” to daylight saving because the extra
hour of sunlight allows the family of four to spend more quality time together.

Mother Theresa Steiner said her two children, aged nine and 18 months, enjoyed spending
evenings with their father when he returned home from work in the evenings.

“Personally, I like to cram as much as possible into my day,” Mrs Steiner said.

“It is a big plus for my children to be able to spend time in the daylight with their father when he gets home at 7pm.

“As a shift working family, the extra hour for us is an hour well spent.”

And while she claims upsetting her children’s routine has never been an issue, this is not the case for mother-of-four Sarah Quartermaine.

“Obviously having school-aged children influences my view on the issue,” Ms Quartermaine said.

“I go by the clock, not by how light it is outside and we still have to get up at the same time each morning.”

Ms Quartermaine said she would consider changing her vote to a “yes” if daylight saving finished in late February instead of the last Sunday in March.

“At the end of the day it does impact me, but the world is not going to end if daylight saving gets in,” she said.

In the region, almost a quarter of voters in the region are aged 18 to 34, making them first-time voters in a daylight saving referendum.

Less than three per cent of voters in the region are in the 18-19 age bracket. If the “yes” vote is successful at the May 16 referendum, daylight saving will be introduced permanently in WA from the last Sunday in October to the last Sunday in March.

JORDYN RADOS
SOUTH WESTERN TIMES

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