The Sydney Morning Herald has reported that  the Australian government is considering mandatory installation of “smart meters” in some Australian businesses,  so that electricity companies can remotely turn off “non essential” electrical devices such as deep freezers (fancy a freezer full of rotten food, anyone?) or “air conditioners”  (never mind that some people may swelter to death in the heat of an Australian summer because their electricity company considers  air conditioning to be  some of frivolous luxury!)

Medium sized businesses will be able to “op out” of the programme, while households will be given the chance to “opt in”.  The article states “The ‘opt in’ recommendation could avoid big price rises for households that do not change their usage.”

The proposed roll out, the Sydney Morning Herald reports, will be accompanied “by intensive public education” (presumably  propaganda to try to blindside the public into believing that “smart meters” are safe and essential) as well as “special protections for low-income households.”

There are interesting comments on this issue at this link: