01/04/2009 - 22:00

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AFTER a third year of summertime daylight saving, Western Australians will go to the polls on May 16 for a referendum to decide whether the state adopts the practice for good.

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AFTER a third year of summertime daylight saving, Western Australians will go to the polls on May 16 for a referendum to decide whether the state adopts the practice for good.

This will be the fourth time a referendum has been held on the issue in WA, with the proposition having been knocked back in 1975, 1984 and 1992.

One key figure in WA's hospitality landscape, leading restaurateur Chris Taylor, thinks the whole process is a waste of time and money.

"I can't believe they're spending $10 million on an answer," Mr Taylor told Gusto.

"I can't understand why the government wouldn't just make a decision and go from there."

Mr Taylor, who heads up the Fraser's Group, which includes Indiana's in Cottesloe, Bluewater Grill in Applecross, The Old Brewery on the Swan River and, of course, Fraser's Restaurant in Kings Park, believes daylight saving is a fantastic idea for the state despite it not overly affecting his businesses.

"Operations wise, it doesn't matter much to me at all actually," he said.

"It's not a negative on our business, I find it as an advantage.

"As for Indiana's, if you want to go for dinner you want to look at sunsets and all that sort of stuff, it's gorgeous.

"Go down there now, it's dark at 7 o'clock instead of 8 o'clock and quite honestly people don't go out to dinner before seven or 7.30 so you're going to a black hole, and that's anywhere along the coast."

According to the Western Australian Electoral Commission, we'll be asked to vote on the following in just over six weeks.

"Are you in favour of daylight saving being introduced in Western Australia by standard time in the State being advanced one hour from the last Sunday in October 2009 until the last Sunday in March 2010 and in similar fashion for each following year?"

Mr Taylor will be voting in favour of daylight saving. And while it seems he's confident his fellow hospitality industry workers will vote with him, he has a novel idea for the government to consider.

"Maybe we should just have it [daylight saving] on our rostered days off," he says.

"Think about it; you're working every night, you want to make the max out of the two days you've got off."

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