Electric blues roll on in Hadfield – smart meters replaced with older, electronic models!

Eleni Kontogiorgis, Julie-Ann Connor and Sonja Rutherford inspect a smart meter (inset) that “exploded” at Hadfield Dental Group. PIC: SUSAN WINDMILLER

POWER company Jemena has removed smart meters from two Hadfield properties that it says are at risk of vandalism after meter “explosions” frightened residents.

The meters were two of 11 in the Moreland area that were replaced in the past fortnight after damage attributed to power surges and vandalism.

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Jemena spokesman Scott Parker said smart meters were replaced at a dentist and medical centre in Geum St last Monday with “older, electronic” models to discourage further attacks.

Pascoe Vale MP Christine Campbell was inundated with calls from constituents seeking assurance that the new technology – now in more than a million Victorian properties – was safe.

Mr Parker said police were investigating suspected vandalism attacks on five meters after tests confirmed liquid on the failed devices did not come from inside.

He said a further six meters in Pascoe Vale were replaced after they “failed safely” following a power surge in January. Energy Safe Victoria is investigating.

In Parliament, Energy Minister Michael O’Brien said he was assured by Energy Safe Victoria that smart meters were not exploding, adding that the MFB found no evidence that smart meter malfunctions caused fires.

But Electrical Trade Unions secretary Dean Mighell said safety concerns were legitimate and meters should be mounted on flame-resistant boards.

via HAVE YOUR SAY: Electric blues roll on in Hadfield – Local News – News – Moreland Leader.

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9 Responses to Electric blues roll on in Hadfield – smart meters replaced with older, electronic models!

  1. Kev says:

    Who is interested in signing a petition demanding the sacking of Michael Obrien on the grounds of: 1- failure in duty of care. He seems to be in breach of United nations law and the Geneva convention. He has been forcing these health affecting meters onto people. One only has to go back to the cold war for proof of what emr can do- the KGB used it against the CIA in Russia.
    2- dereliction of duty- He is also minister of consumer affairs- the power companies are guilty of using threats and intimidation and bullying to install their crap meters. This is in total breach of consumer law- the police should be arresting these people- but that won’t happen.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Hi Kev,
      Sorry to have missed your great letter for JUSTICE.
      Yes I’d like to sign a petition to have this latest incumbent Victorian Minister for Power Mr Nicholas Kotsiras Sacked as well as Sued now along with the past Minister for Power in Victoria. I would also suggest that even Mr Michael O’Brien be noted to be Sued as well as neither of them exercised Any Duty of Care for us Victorians in Forcing These now proving to be Type 2B Carcinogen Machines on the Victorian Public. This not only was but is a Still Ongoing and Heinous Crime and clearly in breach of the United Nations Law and Geneva Convention as well as the Victorian Charter of Human Rights And Responsibilities Act 2006. Please see Clauses 10 and 13 and the rest of the clauses. http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/legis/vic/consol_act/cohrara2006433/
      Please also see the A.C.C.C Laws from Canberra for a $1.1 Million Dollar NOTICE OF PROHIBITION OF UNDUE HARASSMENT OR COERCION FOR SMART METER INSTALLATION.

      Notice.

      (DATE)

      (INSERT OWN NAME)
      (ADDRESS)

      (Insert name and
      Address of Power Distributor)

      NOTICE OF PROHIBITION OF UNDUE HARASSMENT OR COERCION FOR SMART METER INSTALLATION
      This notice is provided to _______________________________________________ and any persons, entities,
      (Insert Power distributor name and ACN no off letter you received)
      Employees, associates, corporations, sub-contractors and agents of the fore mentioned (herein referred to as Your Company).
      Notice to agent is notice to principal.

      Note: This notice is provided in addition and following a NOTICE OF PROHIBITION FOR
      SMART METER INSTALLATION (date of your first letter) and NOTICE Your Company’s
      INTENTION TO DISHONOUR AND VIOLATE PROHIBITION FOR SMART METER
      INSTALLATION NOTICE (date of your letter received from Power Distributor after) served on Your Company.
      Your Company is prohibited and forbidden from communication in any manner, with the intent to solicit for the installation of a “smart meter” or meter containing wireless communication function(s) at the following (service) address: (Insert your address). Such an act is herein referred to as a PROHIBITED ACT.
      I have lawful and legal standing and claim of right to make such a demand.

      Any PROHIBITED ACT will be considered an act of undue harassment or coercion with the supply or possible supply of goods or services as defined by the Competition and Consumer Act 2010 (CTH) Vol. 3, Ch. 4, PT> 4-1, Div. 5 Sec. 168; such an offence carries a penalty of $1.1,000,000:00 One point one Million Dollars. If Your Company is in any way directed by the Government (State of Victoria) and State of Victoria Corporation to perform such an offence, the Government and individual members are liable under tort may in addition be held vicariously liable.
      Any PROHIBITED ACT remains prohibited unless I provide a NOTICE OF CESSATION OF PROHIBITION explicitly annulling this notice, or following a sale of property and change of property title holder for the property in question.
      A copy of this notice will also be provided for their records to (via regular mail):
      1. Customer Relations, DPI,
      2. Minister Nicholas Kotsiras, Government in the State of Victoria.

      If a response to this notice containing any dispute of facts or CLAIM OF RIGHT based on lawful claim of right is not received within fourteen days from Your Company, it shall be fact that you accept as fact this notice and facts contained within, and will honour this notice; such requiring no further action on your behalf.

      Sincerely

      _______________ ____________________ _____________________
      (Your SIGNATURE) (Witness to your Signature) (Print Witnesses name)

  2. Richard Leschen says:

    Dear Readers,
    Please lock up your Analogue Electric Meter in your Meter Box, that is if you still have one. I still have the older and very safe Analog Meter firmly padlocked in my Meter box. As well as this I have firmly affixed on my brick fence a Legal No-Trespass-Notice from the Australian Constitution (1900-19001 ) still legally effective to this day and onwards. It forbids any person or entitiy from Trespassing on my property without written legal notice from you the home owner. All Trespassers are liable for a $167,000.00 fine for trespassing on my property. I got the Smart Meter Man to read this notice. When he had read it through he did not set foot on my property but uttered a few strong invectives, which were, ” S**T Mate, I’m not coming onto your property to Install a Smart Meter now or at any time ! ”
    I responded with……” I’ve sent Mr Shane Breheney the C.E.O of PowerCor a number of registered Letters as well as to his accomplice a Mr Peter Wallace the same letters refusing to have a Smart Meter installed on my property at any time.
    Please note that it is not THE LAW, That you must have a Smart Meter installed on your property now or in the future. Don’t worry about deferment, just send them a polite Registered Letter telling these very rude pushy Stand-Over Devils that you refuse to accept a Smart Meter now or at any time in the future. Please look at the Electricity act as follows which makes it quite clear that it is the Installers who have to make their ” Best Endeavours To Get Every Electricity Customer to Accept A Smart Meter.” Here is the ACT……
    The Victorian Electrical Act 2000 Section 46 D and the Vitorian Gazette No. S200 dated 28th August 2007 …. (Get a Copy of this for yourself off the Internet.)
    Page 16. Clause 14 Remotely read interval meter rollout.
    14.1 Rollout period.
    (a) Subject to clause 14.3, each distributor must use its best endeavours to install a
    remotely read interval meter (which is operational as a remotely read interval meter
    in accordance with the functionality, distributor performance levels and distributor
    service levels set out in a further Order in Council to be made under section 46D
    of the Act) for all of the metering installations for customers with annual electricity
    consumption of 160MWh or less for which it is the responsible person on the End
    Date by that date. etc.
    Now this is very important that you do not give into these cruel Standover Men. You still live in a democracy. People in California are now winning the battle against the P.G and E Electric Power Companies and similar Electric Power Companies by getting back their good older fashioned Analog Meters after they get their friendly local ” A ” Grade equivalent Electrician to remove the Dangerous Electric Smart Meter/s and get him to replace this dangerous machine with the proven to be safe Older Design but perfectly Safe Analog Electric Meter which P.G.
    and E stole in the first place. Nor is there anything wrong with the Analog Meters here in Victoria Australia. The Electric Power Companies just want to sack all the hard working decent honest Meter Reader Men and effectively force these now proving to be Stupid and untested Electric Smart Meters on all of the Victorian home-owners and small business owners. The Electric Power Companies only goal is to rip as much money off you as possible without a single care for your Health or Wellbeing.
    I say…….” A pox on all of these Stand-over Men and their Evil and Undemocratic Tactics.”

    Yours faithfully,

    Richard Leschen.

    • peterrocker says:

      A wonderfull letter Richard.
      I will follow your advice to stop these health hazards being installed against my will.

      Peter

    • Vanessa says:

      Hi Richard we have just had a smart metre installed, advised that our wiring was old and they were updating the box did not know it was a smart metre, who can I pay to remove this?
      Thanks Vanessa

  3. Anonymous says:

    Jemena have excuses for everything. They are horrible and rude to deal with, threatening concerned residents about the health risks to raise the EMR levels.
    For them to say there is no proof is a joke. Why is America removing them and replacing them back to the normal old school meters? They are not safe health wise or installed/ made properly

  4. Ryan says:

    Peter, Totally agree, fires and explosions as a result of these meters are happening around the world, are Jemena going to blame vandalism for these too? as for the fact that they had to install the old style meters as replacements in case of future vandalism attacks, I heard two of the people concerned with the incidents of exploded meters demand the older style meters back so they have put their own spin on that also, No wonder Michael O’Brien goes missing when we want answers, I would be hidind too if i was responsible for this fiasco.

  5. peterrocker says:

    Don’t you just love the way “vandalism” is being used in every statement from Jemena.
    Couldn’t really mean “red herring” could it?
    Then we have the usual vested interests ensuring us they are all “safe”
    All this just makes me more determined than ever to stop one of these $4.00 wonders ever being installed on my property

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