The Dullsvillain

Slinging mud at the media of Dullsville (aka Perth, Western Australia)

Daylight saving fail

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The people of Western Australia emphatically rejected progress yesterday, casting a firm vote for the status quo for the fourth time in as many decades.

The daylight saving poll was another overly rancorous $9 million distraction from meaningful issues, like, I don’t know, the fact that it hasn’t rained in half a year, just like we were told.  Even so, and recognising that my reasons for supporting daylight saving were just as petty as the reasons that led 55% of WA to say “get fucked” yet again, this result is undeniably a vote for Dullsville.  All due respect to morning people, but you guys are so boring.

The West’s editorial line was pro-saving, but you had to look close to find it in Saturday’s paper.  It’s tucked away in the second last paragraph of an especially soporific editorial:

[12 paragraphs of guff]

Judging by the Westpoll results, today’s referendum looks like being lost. The West Australian believes, in weighing both sides of the argument, that there would be more benefits for the State if the Yes vote were successful.

But a result either way will not fundamentally change our way of life.  And whatever the outcome, it is important that the people’s view is respected.

The Dullsvillain believes, in weighing both sides of the argument, that whoops. This is not a TEE English exam, The West. Spend less time weighing arguments and more time growing balls.

ANYWAY. Funny thing about the supposed pro-saving stance is that the front cover seemed a little anti:


Ok, The West did a poll and that was the result.  Fair enough. But then there’s this logo placed prominently next to (and cutting into) the very first paragraph of the article:


It’s an ANGRY SUN! It looks like a disgruntled ninja star made of hot flame and drunk on cheap whiskey. It’s the sunburned face of your redneck dad.

By contrast, the more slick and benign Yes campaign logo is tucked away in the corner of the cover.

I’ve never seen this angry, low-rent No campaign logo before, and the only place I can find it online is here. More familiar is the MS-Paint special used by the WA Farmers Federation:

just say no

In hindsight, WAFF’s choice to echo the famous anti-drug slogan might not have been a bad one. Daylight saving, like drug use, is a dangerous leap into the unknown. It could have been a gateway to God knows what kinds of debauchery – Sunday trading, relaxed liquor licensing, open and unpunished crime in the streets. It’s a slippery slope.

Meanwhile, SGIO either tipped the No result, or paid their ad agency for two alternative sets of ads, because this utter disgrace was plastered on the cover of today’s Sunday Times:



You win again, Dullsville.


Written by Dick

May 17, 2009 at 10:32 pm

6 Responses

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  1. About the logo, who puts the line through the sun???

    The people who make this logo like to vote “no” to SUN….i think maybe sun should go away from perth for a year, teach these people the true lesson! hahahaha stupid dullsvillains!!!!


    May 20, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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  3. Thankyou Dullsville, you truly are an avant garde sorta town. by the way, are we gonna have a referendum regarding this so called “high definition” television thing thats supposed to be phased in this year?

    i see their laying the groundwork for it on tele at the moment.

    it’s different. we have to change our T.V’s. it’ll improve our lives. i guess the only option now is to have a referendum and vote it down.

    Uncle Mac

    May 21, 2009 at 12:18 am

  4. Fuck the referendum. We’ve sent our pollies a clear mandate to reject progress. Another vote would be a waste of time.


    May 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm

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