[time-nuts] Down under Time Nuts & Tsunami's

Jim Palfreyman jim77742 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 8 02:30:39 UTC 2009

OK I've done some research and may have jumped the gun.

(Note to self - do research before posting)

There seems to be a wide variety of conventions out there on
Australian time zones. The best source I could find was
http://www.australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/time which is
probably as official as it gets.

That site states they are AEST (UT+10), ACST (UT+9.5), AWST (UT+8) and
AEDT (UT+11) and ACDT (UT+10.5). (AWDT (UT+9) would be used if Western
Australia had daylight savings).

I still prefer UT+x because it unambiguous and all countries can use.



2009/10/8 Jim Palfreyman <jim77742 at gmail.com>:
> Hmmm. I'm in a pedantic mood today, but I think this is worth raising.
> "09:44 EDT" - what is that?
> I'm presuming Nic (emailing from bigpond and presumably in Australia)
> means "Eastern Daylight Time" which I assume he means Eastern Standard
> Time + 1 hour for daylight savings. I thought it was suppoed to be
> AEST for Australian Eastern Summer Time, but I also recall (a long
> time ago) it being said that there is no standard name for daylight
> savings time zones in Australia. We have EST, CST and WST - but no
> offical names for summer. Is this still correct?
> I always use 09:44 (UT+11) to remove all ambiguity. I would encourage
> all time-nuts to use the same system because it is completely
> unambiguous and can be used wordwide.
> Jim Palfreyman
> 2009/10/8 Nic McLean <mcleann at bigpond.com>:
>> I hope there aren't any timenuts in North Queensland. There is a Tsunami
>> warning issued at 09:44 EDT today for the Great Barrier Reef and Bowen to
>> St. Lawrence.
>> Nic
>> There are several of us down here on the list. I can think of several in
>> AU and at least three or four in NZ. If they don't identify themselves
>> to you, let me know.
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