There's a bit of talk in the news and newspapers about changing South Australia's time zone.
We've been through this sort of talk before and nothing came of it.
Seems governments drag it up every time they want the public focused on something, so whatever else they're up to can be done unnoticed in the background.
I don't agree with changing our time zone. Our state is wide enough to deserve its own zone, with Western Australia also having its own time zone.
Heaven knows the whole country is wide enough!
"They" say turning our clocks forward to be in line with the Eastern states will be good for businesses and the economy.
"I" say wrong!
All that needs to happen is businesses working to an Interstate or International time table. That means working a different schedule than the nine to five they're used to.
Other countries all over the world seem to manage just fine without changing their time zones, we should be able to do the same.
Maybe that means some businesses have to work overnight, or from late afternoon to midnight, or perhaps midnight to morning.
Some places could hire more staff (bye-bye unemployment) and have shifts working around the clock (if necessary).
In this case it would be important to forget the penalty rate, since no one would actually be working overtime, simply doing their eight hour shift.
So what are your thoughts on this?
Should Australia copy the rest of the business world and work when other countries are "open for business"?
Or do we continue to sleep all night while overseas companies are trying and failing to get hold of us?
How does changing the South Australian time zone benefit anyone except the few politicians in the East who think we should join them? And how does it benefit them anyway?
Our own Jay Weatherill thinks we should change our clocks to be more in line with Asia, because we are closer to them and a lot of our business dealings are with Asia, whether it's China, Japan or wherever.
I still don't see the point.
Change the business practices, not the clocks.
I don't see our SA businesses benefiting by changing the clock.
It would be like year round daylight saving, and do our businesses benefit from that?
Of course not.
They still shut down completely when the clocks say 5pm.
And lose out on Interstate or International commerce because of it.
Just like they do in the Eastern States, where they also shut down offices and go home at 5pm.
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