Transcript of Prime Minister’s Interview with Charlie Pickering, Carrie Bickmore & Scott Dooley – The Project
FRI 07 DECEMBER 2012
HOST: They say that if you can remember being at COAG, then you weren’t really there.
Someone who definitely was though was the Prime Minister Julia Gillard. She joins us now. Julia, are smart meters really going to save us all money?
PM: We are looking to make a difference to power bills and I’m glad the first ministers – that’s what we like to call them – the Premiers and Chief Ministers agreed to my plan today. It is about using new technology to help people manage their demand.
HOST: Can you understand people’s concerns though? There’s been a report that one caught fire, reports of illness as a result, and some people are concerned that the devices will really just allow the power companies to charge us more, not less.
PM: Well the devices won’t be compulsory; we’re not going to put that on anyone. People will have choices. But there are smart meters and there are other forms of technology that are emerging to help people with their power demand.
To take an example, we talked about in COAG today; you can get a device that changes a little bit the way your air conditioner works.
It doesn’t really make any difference to the temperature of your home, it’s a half a degree difference, but it saves you a lot of power.
Video of interview is at: http://theprojecttv.com.au/video.htm?movideo_p=39696&movideo_m=252877 (Smart meter episode commences at the 4:00 minute mark)
Don’t forget to to remind Victorian power distributors that smart meters ARE NOT compulsory – and that they have NO RIGHT to intimidate and force them upon people!