FW: Olson Timezone Database does not have Australian daylight timezones

Robert Elz kre at munnari.OZ.AU
Thu Oct 23 10:19:11 UTC 2008

    Date:        Wed, 22 Oct 2008 08:59:27 -0400
    From:        "Olson, Arthur David (NIH/NCI) [E]" <olsona at dc37a.nci.nih.gov>
    Message-ID:  <B410D30A78C6404C9DABEA31B54A2813029A029D at nihcesmlbx10.nih.gov>

  | From: Burns, Jamie BGI SYD [mailto:Jamie.Burns at barclaysglobal.com] 
  | Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 1:44
  | To: tz at lecserver.nci.nih.gov
  | Subject: Olson Timezone Database does not have Australian daylight
  | timezones
  | ...the Australian timezone names in the Olson Timezone
  | Database are not at all consistent with the timezone names published by
  | the Australian government. The Australian government has a complete list
  | of Australian timezones at http://www.australia.gov.au/Time.

Please check the archives of the tz list, there has been much discussion
over the years about Aust timezone names (and their abbreviations)

The short answer is that the "Australian Government" (there are actually 8
or 9 of the things, not just one - but the one that you mean) has absolutely
nothing to do with timezones in Australia, other than in the ACT (and
in practice, not there either) and maybe stretching it, NT.

Everywhere else is handled by the state governments.

The page you mention is just generic information aimed at providing
information for (potential) tourists, and doesn't even claim to have
any official status (and isn't even correct if you want to be accurate
about it, just close enough for 99.9% of the people who look at it.)

If you want the real info, check the various state legislation, and
see what the timezones are called there.


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