Legistrative Council E-Petitions

E-petition Number
Deactivation of radiofrequency communications on smart meters
The Petition of certain citizens of the State of Victoria draws to the attention of the Legislative Council that electricity customers in Victoria do not have the right to request deactivation of radiofrequency communications on an installed smart meter.

Customers in other jurisdictions within the National Electricity Market and subject to the National Electricity Rules have been given this choice. Victorian citizens have not been allowed to participate in the Power of Choice framework which is in place in New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and the Australian Capital Territory and therefore have been denied the benefits of the competition in metering rules.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning now states that there are no plans to introduce meter contestability in Victoria.

The constant pulsed radiofrequencies that emit from communicating smart meters affects some citizens. The refusal of the Victorian Government to address this situation means that people who are sensitive to radiofrequency emissions are being discriminated against and are being denied the right to control their own exposure levels in their own homes. Repeated requests to Government for an exemption allowing deactivation of communications, even with an accompanying medical certificate, have been ignored.
The petitioners therefore request that the Legislative Council call on the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Lily D'Ambrosio, and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning to give Victorians the right to have radiofrequency communications deactivated on an installed smart meter, particularly people with health issues who have obtained a medical certificate requesting this accommodation.
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Mr Clifford Hayes