Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply has euphemistically renamed ‘Smart Meters’ as ‘Digital Meters’ in its webpage on digital meters. It is only the smaller print which reveals that these ‘digital’ meters also “feature remote communications for reading, and other services”.
The Department of Energy and Water Supply webpage states that “new national metering rules are expected to come into effect on 1 December 2017, making digital meters the standard meter for all customers. This means that whenever a new meter is installed, a digital meter will be the default option. However, in limited circumstances, customers in existing premises may opt-out of having a digital meter”.
Referring to wireless smart meters as ‘digital meters’ is misleading. Of course all communications-enabled smart meters are digital meters, but NOT ALL digital meters have a radiofrequency communications chipset on board, as will be occurring in Queensland.
Does the Queensland Government fear people will be more inclined to opt-out of having a so-called ‘digital’ meter if they are fully aware of what they are being offered: a wireless device that emits pulsed radiation every day, 24 hours per day? See Technical study reveals magnitude of Victorian smart meter transmissions for just how many times per day Queenslanders can expect to be blasted with radiation.
If not, why has the Queensland Government stooped to engaging in, what appears to be, deliberate deception?