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The start of Daylight Saving is always very confusing for me. Are we losing an hour, or gaining an hour, do I put my clock forward or back? So how do you cope with Daylight Saving and the 5 different time zones in Australia?

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The only thing that confuses me about daylight saving is why Queensland doesn't have it. (Then again, I guess that's a different discussion altogether). I hate being woken up at 4.30 am in the Summer with the early morning sun.
For the record the time zones are:

Victoria - are on same time as NSW
Tasmania - are on same time as NSW
ACT - are on same time as NSW
South Australia & Broken Hill (NSW) - are half an hour behind NSW
Queensland - are 1 hour behind NSW
Northern Territory - are 1 and a half hours behind NSW
Western Australia - are 3 hours behind NSW

It's really hard to remember when you have to contact people in different states. I have even had the unfortunate experience of ringing someone for work and not realising they were in WA. When I rang at 9am it was very obvious that I had woken them up!

My computer will set it's self for me.
So I just turn it on (the morning of day light saving).Then I go change all the clocks.
I normally will also have a look when it starts and stops on 'Google' for my area.
I LOVE it!
I think we should also have it during winter.
I'm not sure we need 5 different time zones in Australia?
I understand 'why' we do.....but there has to be a better way.
Yes. I try not to think about it too much as it is one of those things that doesn't make sense in my head.
by Vee
The changing of the clock doesn't confuse me, but it does annoy me. That's probably because Britain is all in one time zone though. Why does Australia have five? Surely the zones can't be that far apart to warrant a difference?
Simple way to remember - spring forward, fall back (American wording I know, but it works)
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