Official: WA now the most backward state in Australia
Slack-jawed Queenslanders from Logan, Roma and Warwick, brooding hermits in remote South Australian hamlets who can’t explain the sudden disappearance of their parents, Tasmanians who get on a bit too well with their cousins…stand aside the lot of you.
As of this weekend’s referendum, Western Australia is officially the most backward state in Australia. The state that’s synonymous with sun has embraced darkness for an extraordinary third time, with a majority of sandgropers siding with the cows and the curtains to reject the devilish communist plot known as daylight savings.
If you’re reading this in Perth - where it’s currently 2am and will be for some time - there’s more than a 50 per cent chance you’ll be offended by this post.
Well, read this.
It’s an amazing account from the PerthNow website about how the head of the yes campaign received death threats for daring to suggest that people wind their clocks forward.
“It was a heated issue from the beginning,’’ former pharmacist turned yes vote campaigner John D’Orazio tells PerthNow. “When the issue was first debated in parliament we got 8000 emails in support, but we got some emails that were vicious and threatening.Two of the matters were referred to police because there were threats of physical violence towards me and my staff.”
While not quite a death threat I received an astonishing response on twitter overnight from a Perth gentleman who took massive umbrage at my casual tweet that “anyone with half a brain would be campaigning for daylight saving to be extended to two hours, 365 days a year.”
“Do you even live in Western Australia?” thundered twitterer twnovelty from his bolthole near the Indian Ocean.
“No thank God” I replied.
“Well BUTT OUT.”
And later: “You have just insulted more than half the population of Western Australia!!!!”
Diddums do. I withdraw unconditionally.
On twnovelty’s twitterfeed, other lovers of the darkness sought comfort in each other’s arms, although with the lights off they could have been seeking comfort in anything. Comments included…
@iAquarian Well, if you really love the sunshine…can’t have it both ways! DLS just mucks up natural sleep cycles. Bad for health
@SilkCharm Why should WA follow the east? Our weather is naturally better anyway. And we are the same zone as major trade partner China.
@Lissaandcleo How is saying No to daylight saving a backward step?
We can think of a few ways, Lissa and Cleo. For starters, it might have made your state a bit of a laughing stock in the rest of the country.
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