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12/03/2006, Australia - "WA daylight saving starts", The Age Company Ltd


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Daylight saving has started in Western Australia, as the state begins a three-year trial of the change.

WA has rejected daylight saving three times in referenda in 31 years but it has come back after the whirlwind passage of a bill through state parliament last month.

West Australians woke to their first morning of daylight saving as clocks were put forward by an hour at 2am (WST).

The state will now conduct a three-summer trial of the change before holding a referendum on whether to make the move permanent.

Daylight saving began on October 1 in Tasmania and on October 29 in NSW, Victoria, the ACT and South Australia, leaving WA three hours behind most east coast states.

WA is now only two hours behind those states.

West Australian political parties have long avoided the thorny issue of daylight saving because it had been rejected in the referenda.

But the seemingly dead issue sprang back to life in October after independent MP John D'Orazio proposed a new bill. Liberal MP Matt Birney then proposed a similar one and Labor worked with both men to develop the final bill - which passed last month.

Queensland and the Northern Territory are now the only states which do not have daylight saving.

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