Qld, NSW and SA prepares to resist smart meter rollout


 house cartoonAGL, a large Australian electricity retailer, is about to attempt to rollout another mandatory SMART METER rollout in Qld, NSW and SA, even after the abysmal failure of the Victorian rollout. They are so sheepish about it they won’t even refer to the Active Stream meters as ‘smart meters’. They are now calling them ‘digital meters’ to avoid the stigma associated with the disastrous Victorian rollout.

And they are cunning enough to say it is not mandatory with the following excerpt from the AGL Faqs page


  • Q Can I choose not to get a new meter? And how?
    While we think you could benefit from a new digital meter being installed, the choice is yours and you can choose not to.

  • Q Is this a mandatory roll out of digital meters?
    No. The choice to have a new digital meter installed is entirely yours.

And yet, AGL does not tell you that you have to actively say no in the legal form of a notice letter sent to both AGL the retailer and Energex the distributor. You also have to clearly display this Notice letter near the securely locked meter box.

Unfortunately for consumers, there is a legal argument that by accepting electricity from your provider, there is ‘IMPLIED CONSENT’. You don’t believe me? Read on from the AGL page…

  • Q What if I’m not home – will the installation still go ahead?
    If there is clear access to your meter box, the meter installation will go ahead without you being home.

  • Q I rent my property and not sure if my landlord wants the digital meter installed?
    We do not need permission from the landlord in order to install a digital meter. We can exchange the meter irrespective of whether you are a renter or not.

  • Q Can I change back to an older style meter if I don’t like the digital meter?
    Unfortunately not. Meters cannot be changed after they have been replaced by a digital meter.

So, if you have even the slightest worry about the 50,000 microwatts of non-ionising electro-magnetic frequency radiation – in the form of data radio signals – pouring out of smart meters in regular intervals all day and night in the close proximity of your home, you must act now to stop the installation in your house, office or school. And you must pass this information on to all your loved ones and acquaintances residing in Qld, NSW and SA, as a matter of urgency.

Here are the 11 steps:

  1. Confirm the address of both your retailer and distributor from your bill or website (via the electricity distributor look-up tool). For instance, my retailer is AGL and my distributor is Energex (Energex sells wholesale electricity to AGL)

  2. Write a Notice letter – see my sample in the next blog – and post, by registered post, to both companies, ensuring you get a confirmation reply

  3. Lock up your analogue meter box with a good lock, one that can’t be cut with bolt-cutters

  4. Make the meter data (which belongs to the electricity distributor) accessible to be read

  5. Display a sticker – see the 2 samples

  6. Display a copy of your Notice in a secure weather-proof way

  7. Be wary that it might be called an ‘upgrade’ aka digital/smart meter installation

  8. Stay calm if the electricity meter installer harasses you

  9. Point out that YOU, as the legal occupant, own the meter box itself (renter or landholder) and have taken appropriate legal steps to protect it

  10. Point out that the meter installer is liable for WILFUL AVOIDANCE if he/she continues to attempt to install the ‘digital/smart’ meter against your wishes

  11. You have a common law right to protect your property – the meter box – from trespass. You have the right to resist having your possessions modified, devalued or damaged without consent.

Just to confirm who owns what:

Meter collationTHE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTOR (e.g. Energex) owns the electricity provided by the retailer (AGL).
THE ELECTRICAL DISTRIBUTOR also owns the meter itself and the meter data
THE LEGAL OCCUPANT (RENTER OR LANDHOLDER) owns everything else i.e. the wiring, the fuse panel, the metal box and the underlying building structure


If all that makes you feel nervous, compare it to the doubt of having the smart meter there forever more, especially in the light of recent programs like ABC’s Catalyst, highlighting the dangers of Wi-Fi in the form of mobile phones, cordless phones and wireless routers.

In this atmosphere of world-wide doubt and questioning of wireless radiation and its harmful health effects, the electrical companies should not be accelerating their digital smart meter rollout in this underhand way to maximise their profits while they think they still can!

STOP smart meter sign UK


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SMART METER WATCH: Victorian Govt regrets smart meter rollout due to poor financial returns

direction of smart meter radiationAn article in the The Australian 17/9/15 augurs well for smart meter opponents, hinting at financial losses by the key stakeholders of the Victorian rollout.

A report by the Victorian Auditor-General, John Doyle, finds that the $2.2 billion government-condoned rollout  from 2006 – 2014 has had profoundly limited financial benefits!


While opponents like myself might prefer that any decision be based on HEALTH concerns to all residents, it is still heartening to see that market forces are discouraging any future plans to install this unsafe technology in a technocratic compulsory manner, such as occurred with the unfortunate Victorian ‘guinea pig’ residents.

John Doyle’s report alludes to a 2017 target to have 15% smart meter customers sign up for ‘flexible pricing’. The rationale given for the government’s mandate for this highly corporate rollout was that customers would be better able to keep track of their energy usage so they could choose ‘flexible pricing’ for their needs. In reality, only 0.27% have signed up since 2009, and in the meantime every household has paid for the cost of the smart meter installations via extra charges applied to their power bills.

John Doyle finds in his report that almost 70% of Victorian residents do not have any idea about the so-called benefits of smart meters.

Talk about adding insult to injury! While being microwaved by harmful unacceptably-high EMF radiation emanating from both sides of the smart meter – see image – the resident has also had to pay financially while not understanding or seeking the sudden changes. EMF-aware residents who opposed the installation on their properties were treated appallingly by the power companies, backed up by government threats of punishment. Many residents have developed electro-hypersensitivity syndrome (EHS) since the smart meter installation and have had to flee their homes in the state of Victoria like refugees! Many more are suffering EHS without even knowing the cause of their sudden migraines or chronic fatigue.

Landis and Gyr E350 emanating 50,000 micro watts of harmful EMF Radiation both ways

And all this to give shareholders of Landis and Gyr a massive profit.

Landis and Gyr obtained 56% of the smart meter rort with their digital meter model E350 – see image. But they’re laughing because in 2011 Toshiba bought Landis and Gyr for the amount of US$2.3 billion. Landis and Gyr shareholders include Heinz heir and former chief of APN media group Cameron O’Reilly, John B Fairfax, the Smorgon family and Kerry Stokes.

The public have paid $2.2 billion to subsidise the smart meter rollout in Victoria and any savings have just gone straight back to the power companies who got to sack all the meter readers. The digital smart meters are like radios – they transmit all the data, without the need for meter reading. The problem is that anything that transmits like a radio to that distance has high electro-magnetic frequency Radiation and transmits all day and night without any let-up, up to 200,000 signals every 24 hours. Residents are getting 24/7 non-ionising radiation at unacceptably high levels.

The Australian College of Environmental Science recommends 10 micro-watts as a safe EMF limit in the home, as our bodies cannot be shielded from this type of Radiation. Digital radio-wave smart meters transmit 50,000 micro-watts of non-ionising Radiation!! It’s no wonder people are suddenly developing unexplained migraines!

Considering that Lloyds of London – the biggest insurer in the world – has refused to indemnify payouts for radiation health damage due to mobile phone EMF exposure, the Landis and Gyr shareholders and the Victorian government had better hope there are no costly retrospective lawsuits in the future.

After all, the use of mobile phones is voluntary – albeit ill-informed – and exposes the user to approximately 2,000 micro-watts EMF Radiation. Smart meters were forced upon unaware Victorian residents and now transmit 50,000 micro-watts EMF Radiation in both directions, making them lethal unremitting technological devices peppered throughout the whole state in a scenario not unlike the ASBESTOS debacle.






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SMART METER WATCH: How to lock up your Analogue Meters!

Meter collation


1       50,000 micro Watts of unprecedented health misery, coming on 1st July!

The scariest thing about smart meters is the DNA damage to our cells from 50,000 micro Watts per square metre of non-ionising radiation.

The Australian College of Environmental Science recommends the safe exposure limit in the home to be 10 micro Watts per square metre. Our bodies cannot be effectively shielded from the non-ionising radiation of electro-magnetic frequencies (EMF) and all we can do is avoid large and prolonged exposures to it. As a practitioner specialising in Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, I am in the vanguard of health professionals trying to deal with symptoms like acute migraines, insomnia, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, attention deficits and heart irregularities, symptoms of high oxidative stress that have sprung up in a random way since the infiltration of smart meters across our land.

2       No means NO!

Meanwhile the second scary thing about smart meters is the aggressive bullying tactics used by the electrical companies to force these digital meters upon every household – ignoring the spoken and written wishes of concerned residents – to sneak behind their backs while they are out, to install them regardless! Many installers will say it is an ‘upgrade’, not a smart meter installation!

Here are some excerpts taken from http://stopsmartmeters.com.au:

Nathan April 2014

Sp aust is pushing hard to put in a meter at our house, saying that they are mandatory. I have ignored them for a while, letters, installers (showed them our box with trespass letter) now we are getting constant phone recorded messages. What is the latest legally? Is it mandatory as they say?
Who can help me?
We do not want one.
Can they cut our power off for not installing?

Linda May 2014

Just letting you know I had a phone call from SPAusnet this morning who rang to make an appointment to install a Smart Meter. I politely stated that I didn’t want a meter and the lady very politely said OK that would be noted and my name taken off the list and I wouldn’t be contacted again. However, she needed to read me a disclaimer which basically said SP Ausnet reserves the right to charge the very small number of people that are refusing a Smart Meter extra to have their meters read manually. She couldn’t give me any more details. Seems what ever they charge it is a small price to pay. I will however, continue to keep my meter box locked.

Lucy June 2014

I have signs on my front fence and on my meter box with a Perspex window so they can read my meter. I’m 33wk pregnant and was aware of a car in my driveway. I ask the man to leave who was starting to fit a “smart meter” toy house. When I told him I have signs and it’s private property he refused to leave and told me my signs meant nothing. I called the police. I told him to get off my private property again and he refused to leave again. What else can I do to stop this happening again if my signs and demand to leave my property mean nothing. Please help.

Nenad March 2015

My friend just called me to tell me that they have forcefully installed a smart meter on his property. They went past the padlock, ignored all the signs and there were numerous of them. Naturally he is very upset and would like some advice what to do. He is very concerned about the health of his little children.

3       Hiding behind a so-called government mandate

The third scary thing is the state-by-state rollout of these things under the guise of a government mandate to ‘improve energy and surveillance’ on a global scale. Electricity, Water and Gas meters are being converted to Smart meters as part of the Global Smart Grid Federation Project in most countries of the world.

The smart meter records consumption of electric energy, gas or water in minute detail via 200,000 radio signals per day. But a major appeal of the smart meter to the corporate providers is its ability to transmit operational commands back to the meter e.g. to autonomously shut down power, limit the consumer’s usage or to interact with the new breed of Bluetooth home appliances, for greater central control and consumer usage data.

Smart Meter EMF Radiation gloabl proliferation

4       Learning from the bitter Victorian experience 

The fourth scary thing is that they are now heading for Qld, NSW, SA and Tasmania – as early as 1st July – after completely microwaving the whole state of Victoria with a mandatory Smart Grid rollout that was completed early this year. The Victorian experience has been a bitter one! Almost 3 million smart meters have been forced upon Victorian householders in the past 6 years using disgraceful tactics of bullying, cajoling and deceiving consumers.

Victorians have been so incensed by the Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and their corporate determination to install The Landis & Gyr E350 and the iCredit500 meters, that they have formed a new political party called PEOPLE POWER VICTORIA www.peoplepowervictoria.org.au to dismantle and stop distribution of these smart meters on the grounds of health, privacy and billing issues, in that order.

Electrical companies in Queensland and South Australia have conducted trials in preparation for full-scale installation while New South Wales and Tasmania plan to phase in the smart meters by “customer demand” via a new range of smart appliances that cannot fully function unless connected to a Home Area Network (HAN) via the 2.4GHz ZigBee module embedded within each smart meter, thereby forcing consumers to accept the smart meters out of necessity.

      Everyone is Electro-Hypersensitive 

This is the penultimate scary thing. We all sit somewhere on the Electro-Hypersensitivity Syndrome (EHS) spectrum, and continued massive exposure from smart meters will increase this syndrome especially in the most vulnerable i.e. babies, children, the aged, the immune-deficient. Back in 2012, the Medical Association of Austria predicted that 3% of the population had severe symptoms, 35% had mild to moderate symptoms – such that they were not aware of the connection – and 50% were on target to be electro-hypersensitive by 2017!

Once our cells are damaged, leading to an array of degenerative conditions, it is hard work to fix them again, especially in the light of genetic DNA damage. An American molecular oncologist posted this warning in June this year,

‘There is another aspect of wireless smart meters that also poses grave concerns: their massive rollout, along with the unchecked proliferation of telecommunication towers and WiMAX services, has produced unprecedented levels of radiofrequency (RF) radiation in urban areas. Signals of this general type have been found to cause serious biological effects including DNA damage, depressed levels of sleep-regulating melatonin, altered heart rates, opiate-dopamine neurotransmitter disruptions and leakage of the protective blood-brain barrier.’

From my clinical experience, Electro-Hypersensitivity Syndrome involves a smorgasbord of 6 major cell damages: direct DNA damage, Thyroid dysfunction, Food intolerances and Intestinal Permeability, Oestrogen dominance syndrome, Heavy Metal accumulation and ‘switched on’ Methyl Cycle Gene defects www.celldetoxonline.com.au/6-cell-damages.

Health professionals are racing to keep up, with no historic manuals to guide them!


The good news for the 4 target states is that there is still time to lock up your analogues and spread the word to neighbours, friends and family members. It’s not enough to deal with your own meter. It’s imperative that the word gets out far and wide because you can still be ‘cooked’ by your neighbour’s smart meter due to the meter’s faceplate reflecting out much of the 50,000 micro Watt signal. Getting the word out is especially important for residents who live in densely populated urban areas or in apartment blocks!

direction of smart meter radiation

Warn your neighbours, fast!












The best news is you have common law rights as landowners and occupants, to LOCK UP YOUR ANALOGUE METERS and resist a smart meter installation. You have to take pre-emptive action though, because a smart meter is difficult and costly to remove once it is installed. The electrical companies will simply refuse, as they have done following the Victorian consumer backlash.


But before outlining the legal and logistic considerations, I want to go straight to the heart of the matter.


The best answer is to these two pertinent questions is to look at the Victorian example. There is a very interesting government website http://www.smartmeters.vic.gov.au/about-smart-meters/end-of-rollout with this one vital encouraging sentence,

‘From April 2015, for the small number of customers who continue to refuse a smart meter, electricity distributors will be able to recover the costs associated with running a separate meter reading service from those customers’.

Here is the full excerpt:

Manual meter fee

Under new regulations made by the Victorian Government, the costs associated with the manual meter reading of ‘older style’ meters may be recovered separately by an electricity distributor through a manual meter fee. The manual meter fee may be charged from 1 April 2015, and will apply to premises that do not have a smart meter because the distributor has not been granted access to install a meter. For example, where a customer has expressly refused a smart meter or has not provided access to allow a smart meter to be installed. This fee will continue to be in place until the electricity distributor is able to gain access and install the smart meter at the premises.

How much will the manual meter fee be?

The amount of the manual meter fee will reflect the cost of continuing to provide manual meter reading services to premises that do not have a smart meter (for example, the cost of visiting the site to read the meter). The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) must approve the amount of a manual meter fee before it is charged, to determine it is set at a reasonable level, and that it is cost reflective.

So in Victoria, the state government has legislated to allow the electrical distributors to charge a manual meter fee for householders retaining their analogue meters in a sea of smart meters. But that fee is, mercifully, set and reviewed by the Australian Energy Regulator.

Meanwhile Victorian householders who wish to get rid of their smart meters have changed electrical companies and effectively grouping together to find electrical contractors who will do the job. They are also sourcing discounted ‘electromechanical’ analogue meters that do not contain radio – avoiding the continuous radiation generation  – and that do not have switch-mode power supply (SMPS), capable of recording or transmitting private electricity use in the home.

Those gutsy Victorians who have resisted the smart meter invasion are to be congratulated and thanked. They have provided other Australians with logistics and hope.


So who owns what? The electrical distributor owns the electricity provided by the electrical retailer. The distributor also owns the meter itself and the meter data. Everything else: the wiring, the fuse panel, the metal box, and underlying building structure belongs to the landowner or legal occupant (renter).

Unfortunately there is a legal argument that by accepting electricity from your provider, there is ‘implied consent’ to the smart meter installation by the consumer. So before your electrical retailer arrives at your doorstep to do a so-called ‘upgrade’, aka smart meter installation, you need to take several important steps to cover your legal rights.

  1. Identify your electrical distributor. It should be nominated on the retail provider’s website. For example, if your retailer is AGL, go to their website and enter your area postcode on the electricity-distributor-lookup-tool and a name like Energex will come up, with contact details.
  2. Send a signed legal notice to both your retailer – in this example, AGL – and your distributor – in this example, Energex. Send the letter by registered post and state that you actively withdraw your consent to the smart meter installation on the grounds of health, privacy, fire and billing concerns.
  3. Cite as many legal and scientific arguments as possible. For instance you could argue that all medical procedures involving ‘microwave therapy’ require informed consent! Here is a generic refusal letter template: http://www.emraware.com.documents/GENERIC-Smart_Meter_Refusal_Letter.docx.
    The PDF version is included at the end of this blog (before the references).

Once you have completed these vital 3 steps, and can produce registered post evidence of your legal letters, the liability shifts to the meter installer who becomes liable for ‘wilful avoidance’ on the part of your request, should he/she go ahead and try to install the meter against your wishes.


Remember the meter box is your property so you can protect it from trespass without breaking any laws. You just have to be mindful to make the meter data – which belongs to the electrical distributor – accessible to the technician. You should take a photo of your existing analogue meter and securely lock your meter box with a substantial padlock. This signifies your common law right against trespass. You have the right to resist having your possessions modified, devalued or damaged without consent.

Place a STOP sign on your meter box to indicate your wishes. Here is a sticker example from http://stopsmartmeters.org.uk:

STOP smart meter sign UK
There are many inventive ways to lock up your analogue meter so that the meter dial is still readable to the meter reader. You might opt for a separate metal box with a secure lock bracket or you might wish to cover the whole box with secure transparent Perspex. You could opt for a mixture of a locked metal box and perspex window over the analogue meter itself. You could just attach metal bars to the underlying building in such a way that the meter can be read but not removed. Just make sure it is locked securely. The best heavy-duty lock is a ‘cut-proof’ hidden-shackle lock.

It’s a good idea to include your signed and sent legal notices in a plastic sleeve clearly visible next to the locked up meter box. If your electrical provider argues that you are denying access to the meter, you can reply with the response, “You can access your meter, just don’t trespass any of my property”. Even in the face of repeated incursions onto your property and a stream of threatening letters, just remember your common law rights and the solidarity of others who have pursued the same course worldwide.


Householders with solar power should be warned that even if the smart meter is removed and replaced with storage batteries for a stand-alone power system, there is still the problem of the AC/DC inverter. Though not a microwave device, a solar inverter is highly EMF radioactive! The inverter takes the electricity from the solar panels – direct current DC – and turns it into alternating current AC, ready to be delivered into the household as a sine wave. The wires connected to the inverter act as antennas, so the radiation may be picked up 200 metres away from the inverter. There have been cases where a solar-electric system proved to be a problem for an electrically sensitive person living next door.

Unfortunately, at this stage, the solar power system generates ‘dirty electricity’ and it is hoped that future inverter designs are able to decrease this radiation risk to an acceptable safe level.

There are some exciting storage battery technologies emerging, such as the Tesla brand, that may, in time, allow the householder to use DC electricity without an inverter, and with just a simple charge controller, to prevent the battery burning out and to prevent the reverse flow of electricity back to the solar panels. Certainly consumer demand for a safe, clean and sustainable energy future will drive new technology design!


Victorian residents were taken by surprise but we residents of Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania are fortunate to be forewarned and forearmed in this coming smart meter invasion. When it comes to the actual meter box stand-off, it might seem lonely and scary at the time but just remember there are millions of people, in hundreds of countries all over the world, doing the same thing to reduce the disastrous health effects of these devices.


STOP smart meter sign UK

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GENERIC Smart Meter Refusal Letter



Health Effects on Animals and Wildlife


Global Smart Metering Project map




Aggressive Tactics of Installation



Fire Hazard


Common Law


Australian High Court rulings on Smart Meter Trespass


  • Kuru v State of New South Wales [2008] HCA 26 (12 June 2008)
  • New South Wales v Ibbett [2006] HCA 57; (2006) 231 ALR 485; (2006) 81 ALJR 427 (12 December 2006)
  • Plenty v Dillon [1991] HCA 5; (1991) 171 CLR 635 F.C. 91/004 (7 March 1991)
  • George v Rockett [1990] HCA 26; (1990) 170 CLR 104 (20 June 1990)
  • Halliday v Nevill [1984] HCA 80; (1994) 155 CLR 1 (16 December 1984)

Reversing your Smart Meter to an Analogue Meter


Solar Off-Grid


Dirty Electricity


Global Smart Grid Federation 2012 Report


International List of Stop Smart Meter Groups



RADIATION: Lloyds of London – excludes EMF from health claim payouts!

Lloyds refuse to insure against EMF health damage

Lloyd’s of London,  one of the largest insurers in the world,  are backing off from insuring against EMF’s! Lloyds of London has now excluded any liability coverage for injuries, `Directly or indirectly arising out of, resulting from or contributed to by electromagnetic fields, electromagnetism, radio waves or noise’ (Exclusion 32). Clearly the bright minds at Lloyd’s have anticipated a much higher risk for future lawsuits, given the ever-increasing scientific research of the health dangers from our exposure to EMF.

Read more about thishttp://thebridgenewsservice.com/2015/02/26/school-boards-left-on-the-hook-for-wi-fi-injuries/


RADIATION: SBS to do story on Electro-hypersensitivity

whitezoneSBS is breaking new ground in Australia by investigating the rise of Electro-hypersensitivity EHO in Australia. The story will cover Bruce Evans ‘white zone’ in northern Victoria. A white zone is a residential community set up to eliminate all sources of wireless non-ionising radiation so that individuals with hypersensitivity can live there without suffering debilitating health problems.

The SBS story will also feature a group interview with other sufferers of Electro-hypersensitivity. Anyone wishing to participate in this cutting edge documentary should contact Maureen Kirsch at the group meeting to be held at Packer Park, Leila Road, Carnegie, Melbourne at 11am on Tuesday 31 March.


RADIATION: France bans wi-fi in daycare centres

France bans wi-fi in schools

France bans wi-fi in schools

In January this year, France banned wi-fi in all daycare centres, in recognition of the damage done to any child under 3. Unfortunately this ban did not extend to the primary schools and high schools or the public, though it is heading in the right direction to protect children from harmful EMF radiation.

Meanwhile in good old Queensland, the education department is pushing for greater wireless connectivity, not less! The department plans to use dual-band 2.4GHz and 5 GHz spectrums – in order to support a minimum of 30 wireless devices per access point in its schools!

wifi kids brain pic

Has anyone ever tested the EMF radiation from a mobile phone or wireless laptop? Using a Radio Frequency (RF) tester, I found 2000 microwatts per square metre (2000 u W/m2).

1-10 microwatts per square metre is the safe health standard set in Austria and many European countries, not to mention The Australian College of Environmental Sciences!


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