Power company tactics reduce anti-smart meter customers to tears in rollout

SMART meter rebels have accused power companies of dirty tricks and disconnection threats as the statewide rollout continues.

Anti-smart meter campaigner Sonja Rutherford said tearful customers were reporting “bullying” and “stalking” tactics.

One was allegedly told she “would have to get a generator” if she refused installation, while an elderly pensioner claimed an installer lay in wait outside her home until she went shopping.

Thousands of householders are resisting the rollout despite a December 31 deadline.

Some have padlocked and covered meters to try to thwart the government program.

A standard notice sent by distributor Jemena ahead of all installations states: “If you deny access to your property, Jemena may, in accordance with the Electricity Distribution Code, disconnect your supply as a last resort until access to exchange and test the meter is provided.”

United Energy’s frequently asked questions correspondence notes “Failure to replace meters may ultimately result in the disconnection of your electricity supply”.

Both said no customers had been directly threatened with disconnection.

They discussed concerns, and would continue “to work with the Government to determine an agreed approach for customers who refuse the meter exchange”.

Power companies insist they have the legal right to cut off electricity if access is repeatedly denied.

To date no customers have been disconnected.

The potential for the extreme action emerged in late 2011 after a decision to press ahead with the former Labor government’s rollout.

Opponents dispute that they can be forced to comply.

Energy Minister Nicholas Kotsiras said distributors had to engage with concerned customers.

“I would be very disappointed if a disconnection took place simply because a distributor was not prepared to work with the customer to explain the rollout of smart meters,” Mr Kotsiras said.

Most protesters voice concerns about loss of democratic rights, privacy breaches or sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation.

Karen Collier
Adapted from: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/national-news/victoria/power-company-tactics-reduce-anti-smart-meter-customers-to-tears-in-rollout/story-fnii5sms-1226706045697#ixzz2dLeEBlef

 

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52 Responses to Power company tactics reduce anti-smart meter customers to tears in rollout

  1. George says:

    Jemena have been distributing the same letter to Sunbury and Macedon Ranges area from Richard Twisk (GM). The letter is dated 6/9/2013 but arrived in letter boxes 24/9/2013 saying the program started on the 23rd. The letter is clearly threatening and harrassing saying the same points raised from other providers about compulsory meter exchange is government policy and if you have a smart meter resistence sign on your meter box or property then technicians will still do the work as per government policy (basically they will cut off your lock on the meter box). If you deny access to the property Jemena may in accordance with the electricity distribution code disconnect supply until you give access. There are also common questions on the back saying it is the residents responsibility to grant access and the installation of the smart meter is compulsory and you cannot defer or opt out.
    I have previously followed advice on this website to opt out, register not wanting to install the smart meter with written leters to Jemena, locked the box, placed signs on the box.

    What are people’s thoughts on them jemena and service stream just doing the work regardless and ignoring the signs, cutting off padlocks and turning off power supply?

    • Informed Choice says:

      It is criminal activity, from what I understand – trespass, breaking and entering, bullying & harrassment. No contract or agreement has been entered into for them to have the right to install something that is much more than just ‘metering equipment’. It is a transmitting device capable of far more than we could imagine. Now, do you see WHY they are so doggedly determined to force these things onto customers? It is for THEIR interest/benefit ONLY, NOT FOR THE CUSTOMER!

    • 1vimana1 says:

      George,
      Jemena’s threats are not only Bullying but Illegal and their threats of wanting to commit breaking and entering on your property to forcefully install an Electric Microwave Meter against your Will and Better Judgement is a Crime of the Greatest Magnitude.

      Breaking and Entering a person’s property is an Imprisonable offence. Tell Jemena that in writing and report these bullying letters from them to your Local Police immediately.

      Your Local Police should definitely sort these cowards out, providing you have written proof from Jemena you can take to your local police. I would suggest you make a photo-copy of this or these Wicked Open Threatening letter you have received from Jemena, then take these original letter/s and a copy or copies of same to your Local Police and get them to take down all these particulars and get these Local Police to start Prosecution Proceedings.

    • Eric says:

      George, what Jemena say they may do and what they actually are prepared to do could be two totally different things. Threatening to break and enter is only bullying. Actually breaking and entering is break and enter.

      What you mention is another sneaky ploy that Jemena are using in all their areas. They backdate their installation notices but they send them so that you receive them just after the installation period has already commenced. It means you will have been already visited without having received any prior warning and if you do not already have your meter box locked you will be caught out by this. And Jemena are made to look as if they did provide that warning because their notice has been deliberately well and truly backdated to a date prior to the installation period.

      If anybody has not locked their meter boxes, PLEASE DO NOT RELY ON RECEIVING AN INSTALLATION LETTER before you decide to act. Many whose thinking was this way now already have a smart meter unexpectedly. And how are they going to deal with that scenario now ???

      LOCK YOUR BOXES IMMEDIATELY as soon as you read this. PUT UP YOUR NON CONSENT and NO TRESPASS SIGNS IMMEDIATELY as soon as you read this.
      DO NOT RELY on backdated notification that you will receive after the installation period has already commenced and in all likelihood after you have been already visited and had a smart meter installed.

      And NEVER EVER believe the words of any installer who claims to not install if there is a sign only without a lock. If you believe such words, I can guarantee it will be a matter of weeks at most before you find that there is now a smart meter attached to your house.

  2. Dallas Monck says:

    Just sent this email to
    Mr Steyn..Supervisor…United Energy

    Dear Sir
    Could you please confirm in writing the answers to my queries reference Smart Meter installations.
    (A) In Law a Mandate is only an INSTRUCTION and it is NOT LAW. To become Law it first has to be agreed to in the Victorian Parliament and passed by BOTH UPPER AND LOWER HOUSES of Parliament. When was this Mandate passed by both houses? Please reply in writing.

    (B) Has the Governor General signed and given consent for this Mandate making it Law when this Mandate you profess gives you the power to install these Smart Meters is NOT LAW because it has not passed both houses of Parliament. Please reply in writing with proof that the Governor General has made this law in Australia.

    (C)I request that United Energy prove that their actions are within the Law of Australia and do not violate my democratic rights under the Australian Constitution my freedom of choice. I will not have a Smart Meter installed on my property.

    (D) Do you have a license either as a Radio Broadcasting Station or a 24/7 hub to collect tariffs for your company? that is what this meter does constant emissions. Please reply in writing.

    Awaiting your reply to the above that the Smart Meters are safe and Lawful

    Dallas Monck

    • John C says:

      Received our 3rd letter today from Jemena, notifing us of their intention to fit a Smart Meter within the next month. This was our reply.

      Mr. Paul Adams,
      In reply to your letter dated 09/09/2013 and signed by your General Manager Mr. Richard Twisk, informing us of NOTICE OF INTERRUPTION TO ELECTRICITY SUPPLY.
      Our position has not changed in relation to a Smart Meter being fitted at our address. We still DO NOT and WILL NOT give permission for one to be installed on our property and any attempt to do so by your company will be met with all available legal options. This also includes any damage caused to any of our property, in any attempt to do so. I believe the relevant offences for which you are liable, would be Criminal Damage and trespass.
      Furthermore, must I remind you, that you and your company, are clearly in breach of the NOTICE OF PROHIBITION OF UNDUE HARASSMENT OR COERCION FOR SMART METER INSTALLATION dated 09/07/2013, which was delivered to you by registered mail (delivery receipt obtained).
      In case you have misplaced it or have chosen to totally ignore it, we have attached another.
      Regards.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Good points of yours Dallas Monck.

  3. Trevor Churchill says:

    4th SEPTEMBER ,2013.
    I just contacted SP Ausnet this morning By Telephone.
    I asked can SP Ausnet can they “Guarantee to ME in writing” that my HEALTH will NOT!! be Effected by the Installation of a SMART METER at my HOME—
    there response was>> NO!
    I Told them because they Cannot Guarantee My safety in writing I CANNOT RECIEVE A ……..SMART METER installation at my Home.

    Powercor in an article on SSMA 27 July,2012 stated
    We are not in a position to give you any Guarantees or assurances about the Smart meters and your Health concerns

    Its Time to COMPLAIN FOLKS
    call your Local Politician and ask them why the DISTRIBUTORS WONT Guarantee our HEALTH concerns in writing.

  4. Rik says:

    I had an installer on my doorstep today. Lucky I arrived home about 20 mins before. He said if i don’t get a smart meter they will eventually cut off my power.
    I then called SPAus Net and they said my name was not on the opt out list which it was and I now have to send in a doctors letter.
    So instead of jumping through their hoops I just padlocked the meterbox. Now they have to jump through my hoops.
    Take that installers and the power companies!

    • ms smartie says:

      Way to go Rik!

    • Marin says:

      wow…. there is an aussie opt out list?

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Rik,
      SP As Net’s claim to you,” that you must provide” a doctor’s letter to prove that you are actually Electro Hypersensitive to Microwave Radiation is simply something SP AusNet made up, to force a dopey and now proving to be DEADLY TO ALL LIFE Dopey so-called Microwave not so-smart meter upon you.” We still live in a democracy as you know Rik, but these dopey stupid rude and ignorant people at SP AusNet seem to have forgotten that, In a Democracy no one can force you to take any goods or services of any kind at all if you believe or even suspect that those goods or services, in this case these dopey Microwave Type 2B Carcinogen Meter/s will possibly make you or any of your family sick from the Microwave radiation. These idiots just like the other four foreign owned electric power companies here in Victoria are trying to play Russian Roulette with your and your family’s lives.

      I too have locked my Electric Meter Box, now well over a year ago.
      To cut these Ravening Wolves off, do as I did some twelve months ago. Simply write to the C.E.O of SP AusNet and send him a polite but very strong letter stating again that you refuse to accept a Microwave Smart Meter, then fill out the Notice below as asked for in this form. It is a $1.1,000,000:00 Million Dollar Anti-Harassment Notice I got from the A.C.C.C in Canberra. Please post both of these off via registered post and keep a copy of same and get a signed receipt from the person who picks up the package containing your polite but strong worded letter and the very important Legal Notice below.

      (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) ( Print Witness’s Name) Witness to your Signature) )

  5. Anonymous says:

    Yet ANOTHER report published by this newspaper that does not allow comments or feedback to be posted directly.
    The author has an email address, but sending email to her is pointless as none of them will be published for the general public to see.

    • Eric says:

      True but what she may do is put out further stories which is why we are seeing this one which if one looks at carefully then one will also be able to see the huge flaws in the arguments of the Energy Minister and the Power Company

  6. Cedar Wilde says:

    Great offer Mohsen pity you don’t live in the Latrobe Valley. I wonder if there Is anyone in the Latrobe Valley who would be willing to film this violation of our rights? I would certainly be willing to contribute to the cost, as I’m sure others here would too.

  7. Ashley says:

    “Most protesters voice concerns about loss of democratic rights, privacy breaches or sensitivity to electromagnetic radiation.”

    I would hope that most protesters feel the dangers can be put a whole lot stronger than mere “sensitivity to radiation”? I would put it “concerns about serious illness leading to death!” Is this an example of reporting without really reporting, once again?

    • Cedar Wilde says:

      It is the health issue that most troubles me. Though I can see the possibility of terrorism too, after all, if the power is controlled from a central point anyone with a grudge against us could disable our power supplies. Imagine if we got into a conflict (God forbid) with one of the countries who own the power companies it would be easy enough for them to bring us to a grinding halt. I would be prepared to pay more for my power if it was an Australian owned company (with no Smartmeters!)
      The fact that the government is willing to risk health damage to a great number (if not all ultimately) is the most appalling thing since Hitler, tobacco and asbestos combined.

      • Rik says:

        Thats what I dont understand? Why did the government let outside parties take over the power supply? I thought the government wanted to make money so why sell off the biggest money maker it had? And to foreigners as well? Thats the worst thing, All Australians need power and the fees for it arn’t even staying in Australia.
        Looks like jobs and fees are all going to foreigners these days. Is there anything left for us Australians?

        I am also concerned for my health which is deteriorating because of the neighbors smart meters so there is absolutely no way I can get one on my own house. As the installers just turn up with no warning I had to padlock my meterbox to stop getting a cancer meter installed.

        And its wireless so whats stopping anybody from hacking in and turning peoples power on and off and adding stupid amounts to bills? I would love to see hackers getting access to power companies via Smart meters and giving everyone $0 bills. That will show everyone that Smart meters arn’t as smart as they think. AND that’ll teach the government for forcing them onto everyone.

      • 1vimana1 says:

        Dear Cedar Wilde,
        If you check up on The Law and our Australian Constitution of 1855 and up to 1974 you will see that the 1974 Constitution of Australia was in effect a proper and Legal Constitution of Australia for every State of Australia including Victoria. Sadly in 1975 the various Private Business Corporations have ILLEGALLY seized all power by denying every Australian their 1855 to 1974 Legal Constitutional Powers in creating a huge and all embracing Criminal Corporotocracy which rides rough-shod over the Legal and still binding 1855 Constitution of Australia which has never been revoked by us the People of Australia in every State of Australia as well as Victoria. Nor has this Illegal Corporotocracy ever been signed into power by the Governor General of Australia and or by the Governors General of Victoria, or any other Governors’ General of any of the other States in Australia. Therefore these Corporotocracies now operating in the Whole of the Australian Continent are Strictly Illegal and need to be all thrown out, for they have no proper Legal Authority to act as they are still doing, which is continuing to ride Rough-Shod over the WILL of the Australian people. which is a Criminal OFFENCE ! which they these Corporatocracies wrongly think they can keep on getting away with Scott Free.

        This is something that our most gracious Queen of England her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second of England must right, and is being asked to do, by attending the World Court by a number of very powerful lawyers here in Australia as these greedy Corporotocracies have and still WICKEDLY continue to usurp the 1855 Constitution of Australia which strictly has never been revoked by the Australian People.

  8. Eric says:

    There is one most important point that has been totally missed with Prime Minister Gillard’s comment last year that the “meters won’t be compulsory”.

    The Power companies turned that into an issue of whether or not it applied to Victoria.

    The real point that was totally missed and it came out in the PM’s next statement
    “We’re not going to put that on anyone !!!”
    Why would she express it that way ???
    The message there is….. what a horrible thing it is to do to for a Power Company to a force a smart meter upon someone who does not want it.
    So regardless of the Distributors turning of the argument in this manner, IT REMAINS that
    what the Power companies in Victoria are doing ie. to be forcing these cancer boxes onto unwilling recipients is a HORRIBLE THING TO DO………….in any man’s moral compass and in any jurisdiction

    The Power companies think that by winning some sort of applicability argument that somehow
    that which is a HORRIBLE thing to be doing is no longer HORRIBLE. These types of people are vile.

    • Informed Choice says:

      So True – that is why my determination is stronger than ever to keep the resistance going, no end! Why should they get away with forcing this technology onto the public, making us deal with all their crap and ruining peoples health and lives. Unacceptable behaviour by the Victorian government in giving them free reign and support in this debacle… THEY WILL BE SORRY!!!

  9. Anon says:

    We are witnessing a futile War of Words between the Victorian people and a Government who think they are immune to being held responsible for the biggest scam in Victorian history. They – the Corporate Victorian Government, just shrug off any public concerns about the smartmeter roll out – because after all, they reason, we are ONLY their Customers, and they think they call the shots. (Just try contacting their CUSTOMER LIAISON OFFICERS at Centrelink – you are lucky if they will grant you an interview, even after an hour.) The Government is far more concerned about their relations with the other big Corporations, and keeping their shareholders happy. Its clearly time Victorians took up a legal stand against this corrupt Corporate Government, and got themselves a Government who work FOR THE PEOPLE – NOT FOR THE GLOBAL SHAREHOLDERS. Until we get a true Democracy how can we, the people, expect any consideration from this Corporate Entity known as the Victorian Government?

  10. Denise Pelikan says:

    We received a letter today stating that if we do not let them fit a smart meter, they will cut off our power. We rang them and told them we do not want it put in. Can someone gives us some advise to stop them turning our power off. Also to let you know, the houses either side of us had them put in and my husband has suffered headaches severely ever since.

    • Sparky says:

      They cannot tun your power off. It is illegal. They are ‘only’ theatening you. No doubt the letter you received says “may” turn your power off, NOT “will”.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Dear Denise,
      They…….who is they please, please advise me ? Is it PowerCor or City Power or SP AusNet or Jemena or United Energy Distribution, please name these cowards it is only right to name them. Note this carefully please. They cannot Legally shut off your power just because you refuse a dopey Microwave so-called smart meter, only if your refuse to pay your electricity bill, and even then they would legally have to take you to COURT.

      These so-called smart meters are not smart in any way at all, they call them smart to lull you all into a sense of false confidence. I spoke to the second in charge of A.R.P.A.N.S.A some months ago and he admitted over the ‘phone to me that these present ARPANSA Radiation Standards for the Microwave smart meters as well as for cell-phone and the Microwave radio receiving and sending tower radios are now over twelve (12) years old and need to be upgraded, as they at ARPANSA are getting more and more complaints from people all over Victoria in relation to health problems after the Analog Electric Meters have been swapped over for these M/Wave so-called smart meters. He stated to me,”That he would put nothing in writing to me, as he was scared he’d lose his job.”

      Even the Victorian Health Department don’t seem to give a Stuff about their Victorian Citizens health, in relation to these now proving to be Accursed Microwave so-called Smart Meters, now proving to be Deadly to Human and all Life from what I have found out so far, “What a bloody fiasco!”

      Sadly, I have also found that this very same Victorian Government who are supposed to be protecting our Health and Medical Welfare don’t Give A STUFF about us, as they seem to be “In BED with these foreign owned Electric Power Companies now named and shamed above.” This is showing to be A CASE OF CORPORATE CRIME by these so named and shamed as well as the five foreign owned Electric Power Companies.

      Every one of these C.E.O’s and their Lying Conniving minions, as well as the past Labour Minister for Power under John Brumby as well as Mr John Brumby and the past Victorian Liberal Party Leader Ted Baillieu and his past Minister for Power Mr Michel O’Brien and the present Liberal Party Minister for Power Mr Nicholas Kotsiras as well as Dr Dennis Napthine and the C.E.O in charge of the Microwave Smart Meters at the Department of Primary Industry and his minions, needs to be flung into prison for FIFTY YEARS to be served in full, with no remission for good behaviour for the past and still ongoing crimes of wrecking now so many and even more Victorians’ health from the forced imposition of these now proving to be Type 2B Carcinogen Microwave so-called Smart Meters as is being found by the World Health Organisation and other truly caring Health Professionals both here in Victoria and world-wide. Verily these so-called smart-meters are truly, ” The Tools OF SATAN !”

      Those so named and shamed don’t give a Brass Razoo about those of you whose health and welfare is continually being wrecked by these SATANIC MICROWAVE idiotic smart meters, they the foreign electric owned electric power company C.E.O’s and their weak minded marionette-like minions are the weak willed corrupt tools of China and Singapore and I say,” MAY THEY ALL BE DAMNED IN HELL FOR EVERMORE !”

  11. Jay says:

    Minister Kotsiras’ comments are a cop out. Firstly he is saying he would take no further action if people were disconnected other than ‘being disappointed’. And secondly he is reinforcing the power companies lies by saying they need “to explain the roll out of SMs” (presumably to the poor deluded refusniks). We don’t want the damn things explained to us Minister Kotsiras. We want the damn things off our properties as they are toxic and dangerous.

  12. Anne Jenkinson says:

    Disconnection threat – latest letter from SP Ausnet:

    REFUSED ACCESS TO SP AUSNET ELECTRICITY METER

    Dear Owner/ Occupier,

    Our records indicate a refusal of access to exchange the existing electricity meter at the above address.

    The planned work is part of the Victorian Government’s Smart Meter Program, and the new smart meter is now the industry standard in Victoria. This means that it is a requirement for all Victorian electricity customers to have a smart meter installed at their premises.

    SP Ausnet is not currently accepting refusals or deferrals for the installation of a smart meter.

    Under section 3.3 of the Electricity Distribution Code (May 2012) a customer is required to allow SP Ausnet, as the owner of the electricity meter, clear and unhindered access for the new meter installation to occur. Refusing access constitutes non-compliance with the Code and, as such, customers may be disconnected for not complying, with subsequent reconnection charges.

    In order to ensure you meet your obligations under the Code, we are contacting you to let you know your installation will now be rescheduled.

    We are committed to providing the best service we can to our customers, and we are keen to work with you cooperatively so that both parties meet their respective obligations.

    • Anonymous says:

      I got the very same letter, it is VERY cleverly written. Nice try SP AusNet, but no cigar.
      Let’s read the wording carefully :
      – “not CURRENTLY accepting refusals or deferrals”
      – “customers MAY be disconnected”
      – “meet your obligations under the CODE”
      So where is the LAW that states you must have one ?
      Have a look at parking fines, speeding fines or council rates notice. They all refer to a LAW.
      They must think we are a bunch of fools to fall for their spin on words.
      It is illegal to refuse access to read a meter, which is why we say to cut a window on a locked meter box so a meter can be read by a meter reader (we like them, they are our friends), or somehow secure your meter internally so that it can’t be removed when you’re not home but is still readable.

    • Trevor Churchill says:

      Anne
      We recieved thesame letter from SP AusNet 27/8/2013
      There is no name or “signature” at the Bottom of the Letter I recieved
      If SP Ausnet expect Both Parties to meet their respective “OBLIGATIONS
      I think that they need to get More serious and sign their letters
      without a signature they don’t seem Committed “DO THEY”!!!! 🙂 LOL

      PS: they are Obliged to Instal the meters I am notObliged to RECIEVE ONE

  13. Eric says:

    “Energy Minister Nicholas Kotsiras said distributors had to engage with concerned customers.”
    “I would be very disappointed if a disconnection took place simply because a distributor was not prepared to work with the customer to explain the rollout of smart meters,” Mr Kotsiras said.

    This bloke has either got his head in the sand or is just trying to play dumb.

    • Sharron says:

      He’s dumb, yes! As are most politicians when it comes to their own citizens needs. We do not need to ‘engage’ at all thanks.

    • ingrid says:

      He’s unprofessional at least. What a waste of taxpayer money if he can’t provide a factual answer to a serious question.

    • Eric says:

      “I would be very disappointed if a disconnection took place simply because a distributor was not prepared to work with the customer to explain the rollout of smart meters”

      I wonder if Energy Minister Nicholas Kotsiras means that from now on “working with the customer” means that the Electricity Distribution Companies must fulfill the following……

      Provide 100% UNDENIABLE proof that exposure to EMR is totally safe.
      Provide 100% written guarantee that not one single person will suffer from headaches, insomnia, nausea, tinnitus, dizziness, blood noses and many other
      Provide written legally binding guarantee of safety from all harm to all persons health and damage to property at any stage with cause determined to be from smart meter and with guarantee to provide full financial compensation for any such damages.
      Cease from making any false or misleading statements to customers.
      Cease from all threats (either “direct” or “indirect”) to customers.
      Cease from all acts intended to intimidate a customer.
      Cease from making harassing telephone calls to customers.
      Cease from mailing out to customers any written correspondence that is in any way extortionary in it’s tone.
      Cease from all of the above and any other tactics used to try and install a smart meter on a customer’s residence.
      Cease the immoral practice of trying to install a smart meter by means of some sort of implied consent from the customer rather than the customers express and direct fully informed consent.
      Respect the privacy wishes of customers who do not wish to disclose to any other party any personal information of whatsoever nature that they choose not to disclose.
      Actively and satisfactorily address every single smart meter related customer health issue that has already occured or been reported thus far since the smart meter rollout began.
      Cease from employing any smart meter installers who do not comply to all of the above points.
      Dismiss from employment any Distribution Company employees in Customer Service, Media Liason and any other departments that have not in the past or will not in the future comply with all of the above.

      Is this what Nicholas Kotsiras is saying should now happen when he talks about a distributor “working with the customer” ???

      After all, he does say “distributors had to engage with concerned customers”.

  14. Eric says:

    “Both said no customers had been directly threatened with disconnection”

    What is the difference between being “directly threatened with disconnection” and
    being “indirectly” threatened with disconnection ?

    Is it that the latter is meant to be in some way less harassing to the customer is it ?
    Or is it just a means of making an action of EXTORTION appear as something less incriminating for the power company ?

    Of course we know that many here have indeed been “directly” threatened with disconnection when the communication has occured off the record.

    It’s time to record all phone calls and all other interactions including those that might occur on our doorsteps. Just let the other party know that the interaction is being recorded. Then let’s see what it is that they allow to vomit out of their mouths.

  15. Laurie Edward. says:

    It’s time that the word ‘mandate’ was clearly and firmly defined.
    Oxford Dictionary:
    noun
    Pronunciation: /ˈmandeɪt/
    .1 An official order or commission to do something:a mandate to seek the release of political prisoners
    Law: A commission by which a party is entrusted to perform a service, especially without payment and with indemnity against loss by that party.
    A written authorization enabling someone to carry out transactions on another’s bank account.
    Historical: A commission from the League of Nations to a member state to administer a territory:the end of the British mandate in Palestine’

    To me it’s an order to the companies.
    It is not a law to be enforced on the consumer.
    Am I right?.
    Laurie.

  16. Democracy is Dead! says:

    Stand up for your rights or forever beg on your knees.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      No, Democracy is not DEAD !
      Only if you allow this what has corruptly become a wicked ILLEGAL and now Corporate Greedy Victorian Government to ruin your life. Lock your Electricity Meter Box all of you and only then put up your Common Law Commonwealth of Australia No Trespass $167,000:00 Dollar signs on your Electric Meter Box and on your front fence or gate.

      From 1855 and up to 1974 we had a proper Australian Constitution for every State of Australia including Victoria, this still Legal Australian Constitution for Victoria and all States of Australia still exists. It has not been thrown out or cancelled or superseded in any way. It cannot be cancelled or superseded until both the people of Australia and Victoria overturn it and it is voted out in the Parliaments of Australia in all its States.

      It was only after 1974 and in 1975 that certain very corrupt politicians tried to vote in these truly Corrupt Corporations that you all got hood-winked. You have given nothing of your still true Democratic Powers away. It is simply These Corporate Crooks and Villains in Private Corporations who are working with certain Corrupt Politicians want you to believe that they these Corrupt Corporations have taken over. The 1855 Australian Constitution is still Valid. It’s simply that the Victorian Government has tried to hood-wink you into thinking or believing that these Foreign Owned Electric Power Companies are your new Masters.

      This Victorian now sadly CORRUPT GOVERNMENT is still duty bound to obey you the people for you are its Masters, although they and these private corporations want you to think that you are their servants. No friends, the boot is actually on the other foot. In TRUTH it is you the people of Victoria who are the Governments Master. Many of you do not fully understand this, and that is why you now have become enslaved to the Corruptness of the Corporations propped up by an equally Corrupt Victorian Government that needs to be FLUNG OUT OF OFFICE IMMEDIATELY. All of you Victorians need a brand new government formed by Victorians which is by the people of the people and only FOR THE VICTORIAN PEOPLE and not one that keeps on Toadying to these Corporate CROOKS now ensconced in Victoria and some in The Victorian Parliament.

      Please heed this well intended advice.

  17. Nina Meiers says:

    Does this mean we have lost our rights to say NO to smart meters?

  18. Kathryn Herrald says:

    I have been threatened with disconnection if I failed to allow the smart meter to be installed. I want to know if I still have rights to say no.

  19. Maureen says:

    I am not a rebel. I am simply trying to protect my health, which has been seriously affected since this rollout began.
    Too bad Minister Kotsiras won’t “engage” with concerned citizens. I have tried on more than twenty occasions to try to get an appointment to speak to him. I am disappointed and disgusted that our government knows that people are suffering and are blatantly ignoring their pleas for help.
    To every person who is reading this site or has locked their box, please join SSMA as a member, send a donation or join the legal action and help us raise money to fight this injustice.
    Show your support to the SSMA team . Together we can do great things!
    90,000 people who originally refused smart meters x $10 membership = $900,000

    • Citizen for democracy says:

      Well said Maureen! SSMA has a register of people who have developed symptoms from smart meters – the numbers are significant (hundreds) and their stories are tragic.
      Do these victims deserve the label of ‘REBEL’?
      Why won’t Minister Kotsiras engage with us? What is he running away from? Could it be that NOTHING could ever justify the enormous injustice he and his government are imposing on Victorians? Does he really imagine that he and his government will get away with it at the next elections next year?
      What does it mean that power companies have to engage with customers? Does it mean they have to bully and threaten us until we either give in or disconnect from the electricity grid? Do they have to convince us that it’s ok for them to subject us and our families to exposure to a known Class 2B possible carcinogen 24 hours a day?
      Please, become a member or send a donation, no matter how small.
      The Victorian Government, together with Minister Kotsiras, will go down in history as the party that did not listen to its people, the party that ruthlessly created a new group of people – SMART METER REFUGEES -, the party that ended a proud and long tradition of DEMOCRACY in this state.

    • 1vimana1 says:

      Maureen,
      Please add this Legal Canberra Head of the Australian Government Notice Below as I did to both the Chief Executive Office of the Foreign Owned Electrical Power Company for your area an send another one to the new Victorian Minister for Power Mr Nicholas Kotsiras as well. Be sure to fill in all the required details and keep copies of both. Send these off by Registered Post and with a Receipt Slip which the post office at the receivers end must get the recipient to sign and mail back to you as proof these two parties have signed for your Registered Letters and the Legal $1.1 Million Dollar Anti Harassment Notices from Canberra our Commonwealth Seat of Government.

      Please Note that this Important Legal Notice Overrules any Australian States’ Law/s including those of Victoria as well. This so called Mandate these foreign owned VERY SLY Electric Power Companies of, PowerCor and City Power and Jemena and SP AusNet
      and United Energy bang on about, are only Fictitious or Pretend Law and have no Legal Power WHATSOEVER ! so don’t believe these BULLIES.

      (DATE)

      (INSERT OWN NAME) Move this to right had side of this Notice
      (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)

    • Freedom Rules says:

      Good on you, Maureen! That comment about us all being rebels is so ridiculous and I take offence to it. Since when does protecting oneself and ones family from great harm caused by these dumb meters become a rebellious act? Where has the power companys duty of care to its customers gone? Customer concerns are falling on deaf ears – WHY??? Because they are putting THEIR NEEDS ABOVE THEIR CUSTOMERS AT EVERY TURN.. It must be stopped. There are endless reasons why this roll-out should never even have been considered acceptable in the first place, and it Stinks!

  20. mohsen says:

    anyone needs help to face the installers I am happy to lend hand filming the incident and support you. I am in Upwey, would travel to surrounding suburbs.

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