SSMA advocates for a separate regulatory body to monitor electromagnetic radiation emission levels

ACMA Media Release September 2014

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6 Responses to SSMA advocates for a separate regulatory body to monitor electromagnetic radiation emission levels

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hi there,

    Here in Cork City Ireland our government have told us we are to be the Smart hub of Europe, they can achieve this as the company putting in the water meters (Denis O’ Brien) with the smart technology attached is a friend of prime minister Enda Kenny . There is a blanket ban on any information to the public and a threatening manner from the government if we don’t do as we are told.

    Regina Walsh. (this is our web page).

    • Paul says:

      Lock up your existing electricity, water and gas meters. If anyone comes around to threaten you in any way regarding ‘compulsory installation,’ ask them to produce a copy of the statute that says so. Bet they can’t!

      • Hammer Mann says:

        Dear Readers,
        I feel that this from the Auditor General needs to be read carefully by everybody, to show what a Dopy idea it was to have even started the roll-out of these now proving to be Incendiary and POISONOUS to humans and all life, and far From Smart Electric broadcasting and receiving meters has been. Here’s this excellent article again.,auditor-general-slams-victorian-smart-meters.aspx

        Key points of importance are as follows exactly from this article or verbatim :By Nate Cochrane on Nov 12, 2009 4:20 PM
        Filed under Networking

        Read more:,auditor-general-slams-victorian-smart-meters.aspx#ixzz3CNmxnz79

        The report said that Primary Industries “should focus on the effective transfer of expected benefits to consumers, as consumers are directly funding the costs of implementation of the (smart meter) program.”

        The Auditor-General was especially scathing of the home interface, the “least mature of the three system components”, that enabled consumers to track their energy use in real-time. Pearson’s report found that mandating the Zigbee standard was “at odds with the department’s approach of leaving the management of technology risk to the industry”.

        Pearson’s key findings:
        The Government failed to insert checks and balances to steer the project.
        There were “significant inadequacies” in advice to Government.
        Testing was inadequate, lacked transparency
        Analysis of the costs and benefits “lacked depth” around economic merits, consumer impacts and risks.
        Project governance “has not been appropriate”.
        Victorian consumers were inadequately informed about the project and its likely costs that will be passed on to them.
        The Department of Primary Industries assigned insufficient staff to oversee the project.

        The Auditor-General said the cost-benefit study used to justify smart meters was “flawed and failed … [to make] an economic case for the project”.

        “The advice to government that led to the [smart meter] decision scarcely considered project risks,” the report said. “The regulatory regime does not give the industry enough incentive to manage risks and associated costs that consumers are likely to pay. The project risks are very likely to directly affect consumer prices.”

        And Pearson found “significant, unexplained discrepancies between the industry’s economic estimates and the studies done in Victoria” and nationally that “suggest a high degree of uncertainty about the economic case”.

        Although Treasury and Finance failed to provide a response to the report, Primary Industries accepted “in principle most of the recommendations” in the report, it said.

        Energy Minister Peter Batchelor in receiving the report said the project was “on track” and that 10,000 meters were already installed in areas ranging from emerging suburbs such as Caroline Springs west of Melbourne and established areas including Balwyn in the city’s leafy inner-east.

        “These smart meters will give families more control over what they pay for electricity and help cut bills,” Batchelor said. “The new technology will mean meters can be read remotely and power restored more quickly. As this major project moves from planning to delivery, we will continue to review the process including risks and resourcing.”

        But speaking to AAP, Batchelor said energy companies would pass on savings to their customers: “Why the auditor-general has failed to acknowledge that, I don’t know”.

        Testing flaws

        Pearson also found flaws in the test procedures, which “could not demonstrate whether the trialled technology actually met requirements”.

        “The trials assessment approach used for AMI did not represent mature practice,” he wrote. “It introduced a risk that the trials assessment was not objective and significantly diluted the effectiveness of the trials program.”

        Trials were inadequate because:
        The Government did not allocate sufficient staff or experts to carry them out.
        Government could not properly participate in the planning and management of the trials, verify results and develop suitable documents.
        The industry strategy group did not adequately consider and approve the trials plan.

        Although the Attorney-General said it wasn’t unusual for trials to encounter technical problems, he was surprised at the immaturity of the products tested: “All of the technologies that were trialled failed to meet the minimum functionality”.

        “For six of the 11 technology candidates that actually completed the trials process, all were assessed as requiring further technical development.

        “Why the commitment to the roll out continued to be recommended, or at least why the technical vulnerabilities were not explained in any great detail in the advice” to the department, the Attorney-General asked.

        For more on smart grids, check out the CRN special: Electrifying ideas for a smart power grid.

        Read more:,auditor-general-slams-victorian-smart-meters.aspx#ixzz3CNgwtjC5

        Well folks, say I Herr Hammer Man, “These B*&&%Y dopy and now also proving to be INCENDIARY and in now mounting numbers of cases are proving to be deadly machines and are proving to be stealers of ever more money from your already Cash Strapped pockets. Therefore this Victorian Liberal Party Government as well as the past John Brumby Labor Government have proven themselves to be LIARS, in that these so-called Electric Microwave and now proving to be INCENDIARY Meters are a complete failure, of every promise made under both governments of Victoria, Labor and this shabby Liberal Party. Therefore folks, it’s time to kick out this incumbent and useless Victorian Liberal Party who refuse to obey us their MASTERS as did the former Lying John Brumby Labor Government.
        I will be voting for the P.P.V Stop Smart Meters.

  2. Genny says:

    Good luck with trying to get the Abbott govt to do anything for the benefit of the people of Australia.

  3. Good one Marc. This would be a step in the right direction. There would however need to a careful look at the membership of the organization and a requirement that they examine worldwide standards, research and developments. It must also be ensured that they are open and transparent. I note that it is not easy to contact or communicate with the present so called community representative,
    Mervyn K. Vogt

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