Kevin Anderson says Nationals will continue push to reduce Daylight Saving.

TURN BACK: Mr Anderson and his Nationals colleagues are continuing the push to reduce Daylight Saving. Photo: Peter Hardin 070817PHC12

TURN BACK: Mr Anderson and his Nationals colleagues are continuing the push to reduce Daylight Saving. Photo: Peter Hardin 070817PHC12

A campaign to reduce daylight saving time by one month will continue, despite a motion being defeated in parliament last week.

Nationals MP for Tweed Geoff Provest raised the issue in parliament last week, determined it was time for a change

Mr Provest put up a notice of motion on Thursday, however it was defeated by the opposition.

It comes just moneths after Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall tabled a petition of more than 6,000 signatures, which supported the reduction of daylight saving by one month.

“Daylight saving strikes a good balance, evening things out so that people can carry out their daily work routines with the same amount of daylight, but the last month is problematic,” Mr Marshall said in parliament on Thursday.

He was also supported by Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, who raised concerns over the impact of families and the agricultural sector in his electorate.

Mr Anderson’s reasoning behind the shift is concern for regional school children, who would effectively be going to school in the dark.

“It’s something I’ve been campaigning for, for a very long time to have it reduced by a month,” he said.

“It’s purely because we are getting to that time of the year where we are getting towards winter and need to bring the clocks back in time.

“It’s a situation that consistently affects families in regional NSW.”

Mr Anderson said ideally, he’d like to see Daylight Saving be brought back to four months, rather than six. 

“It sends families out of kilter, it gets too dark and upsets routines in terms of bus timetables and agricultural operations.

“I get letters and phone calls from people who say it is too long.”

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