[tz] Australian time zone abbreviations

Edwin Groothuis edwin at mavetju.org
Sun Nov 6 22:47:54 UTC 2011

On 06/11/2011, at 21:53 , Eric Ulevik wrote:

> On Sun, Nov 6, 2011 at 9:20 PM, Shaun Bouckaert
> <shaun.bouckaert at gmail.com> wrote:
> [snip]
>> http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/our-country/time
> [snip]
>> I believe that the abbreviations used on the federal government
>> website should be used.
> Time zones in Australia are legislated by acts of state governments,
> not the federal government. The acts mostly refer to "summer time" and
> "standard time".

They are legislated by the governments in the Australian states and country-wideoverview of each of them is available via the Australian federal government.

The states do not think on a global level and therefore will none will ever (let alone all seven+2 territories of them. plus ) change the abbreviations to something which makes sense internationally. Plus that most of them (at least not Tasmania, NSW, SA) do not even specify an abbreviation.

The federal government does think on a global level and has collected the various legislations and made an overview which is workable for an international environment.

Now we can do two things:

- Stay where we are now with the state definitions which abbreviations are often not defined and on a regular base keep bickering on how bad the labels in the Australian data are.

- Go forward with the federal definitions which are collected from the state legislations in such a way that it works in an international environment and get this chapter over and done with.

My two cents, again.

Love this discussion, AAAAA+++++. would plead for it again.

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