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Seeking recommendations following the War Memorial disgrace …

By I-filed 23 September 2009 50

I will break my contract with Transact and ActewAGL asap following the regrettable decision to put Transact sponsorship logos on the Closing Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial. Just wait till next Anzac Day, with the ABC News crew trying to keep a large Transact logo out of shot behind the bugler to avoid breaking the ABC guidelines.

Seriously, if the Feds can legislate to protect Donald Bradman’s name, why can’t Defence or Vet’s Affairs do something about this?

It’s as if the vulgarians from the airport precinct are making a first strike into NCA land.

Email CEO Ivan.Slavich@actewagl.com.au and john.mackay@actewagl.com.au if you think it’s a disgrace. Oh, and cc the feds.

In the meantime, any reccies for a good internet service provider to take over my account? The sooner I wash my hands of ACTEW the better.

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Thumper 10:46 pm 27 Sep 09

Thumper

You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about in regards to the BER

Actually, I do. However, I won’t go into any great detail on a public forum.

youami 1:23 pm 25 Sep 09

Hank said :

Thumper

You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about in regards to the BER, and your assumptions about me are about as clouded as your view on the current programs.

Let’s just stick to the AWM matter and leave other complicated issues to the big boys and girls.

Was Thumper a bit close to home eh Hank? If you don’t like criticism then don’t post! Thumper has the same right of reply as you do and as I do. I have no idea about the BER nor about the AWM financials (and gladly admit that) but I can still comment and put my views up, even if they are very subjective based on my own observations or my own stereotype of the situation. If my opinion is unfounded then other posters will let me know.

So to keep to topic, I agre with Thumper, use some money from BER to pay for the AWM closing ceremony. After all, a school doesn’t need 2 halls…

Hank 11:05 am 25 Sep 09

Thumper

You clearly have no idea what you’re talking about in regards to the BER, and your assumptions about me are about as clouded as your view on the current programs.

Let’s just stick to the AWM matter and leave other complicated issues to the big boys and girls.

H1NG0 8:17 am 25 Sep 09

Chop71 said :

H1NG0 said :

You have no say in how they spend “your” money. They are a business, and like many other businesses, they advertise to get more customers. Would you like to see how much your energy would cost with dwindling customer numbers? What nexT? Would like them to stop advertising in the Yellow Pages because you only use the White Pages?

er you have missed the point totally ….

I’d rather they kept electricity prices down than spend 300K+ on a farewell John McKay end of financial year dinner. I’d rather they be upfont with the costs of the new Cotter Dam than getting it passed and then saying whoops its going to cost consumers an extra $120 PA in your water bills.

…and I’d rather Krudd cough up some cash for the War Memorial instead of transact putting up their prices in order to be good corporate citizens.

I can’t disagree with that but you initially said you had a problem with their advertising.

GottaLoveCanberra 1:24 am 25 Sep 09

deezagood said :

As for GottaLove Canberra’s remark about switching providers, ActewAGL make it extremely hard to do this; we switched to Country a few years ago for electricity but they couldn’t renew our contract because of some dodgy thing that ActewAGL did that made it virtually impossible. We still get our gas through Country Energy, but I suspect Actew will find some way to prevent this in the future too. Gotta love a good monopoly – sure is great for profit margins!

ActewAGL Retail cannot stop you from moving to another provider, in a similar manner that Telstra cannot stop you from moving to another phone provider, yes they may and try to make it as difficult as possible (well duh, they don’t want to lose your business) but in the end they cannot stop you.

Yes ActewAGL might have the ‘monopoly’ (and rightfully so) in regards to the Distribution/Networks side of things but definitely not the Retail component (the part that matters to most regular joe citizens.)

Perhaps you should look into http://www.aemo.com.au/ and how it affects you as an energy consumer.

Chop71 11:19 pm 24 Sep 09

H1NG0 said :

You have no say in how they spend “your” money. They are a business, and like many other businesses, they advertise to get more customers. Would you like to see how much your energy would cost with dwindling customer numbers? What nexT? Would like them to stop advertising in the Yellow Pages because you only use the White Pages?

er you have missed the point totally ….

I’d rather they kept electricity prices down than spend 300K+ on a farewell John McKay end of financial year dinner. I’d rather they be upfont with the costs of the new Cotter Dam than getting it passed and then saying whoops its going to cost consumers an extra $120 PA in your water bills.

…and I’d rather Krudd cough up some cash for the War Memorial instead of transact putting up their prices in order to be good corporate citizens.

wishuwell 3:37 pm 24 Sep 09

Thumper, re Memorial/Museum I have what maybe an explaination for what was originally intended from my official guide book for the opening of the Memorial. You are welcome to have a look through it if you wish.

H1NG0 10:55 am 24 Sep 09

Chop71 said :

I am sick to death of the money Actew and TransACT spend on advertising (telling us how wonderful they are). Do people realise every year they go to the price regulators and cry poor to push up the utilities prices.

Sorry Actew I’m not a fan of how you spend my ever increasing power bills.

You have no say in how they spend “your” money. They are a business, and like many other businesses, they advertise to get more customers. Would you like to see how much your energy would cost with dwindling customer numbers? What nexT? Would like them to stop advertising in the Yellow Pages because you only use the White Pages?

Holden Caulfield 9:45 am 24 Sep 09

Makes you wonder what didn’t get through, though!

deezagood 9:33 am 24 Sep 09

There are many, MANY excellent reasons to detest ACTEWAGL/Transact, but this isn’t one of them. Any sponsorship is good sponsorship, especially if it means that wonderful places like the AWM can survive (and thrive). And why shouldn’t their support be evident (in the form of logos) … I doubt any sponsors would sponsor anything if there was no acknowledgement of their funding.

As for GottaLove Canberra’s remark about switching providers, ActewAGL make it extremely hard to do this; we switched to Country a few years ago for electricity but they couldn’t renew our contract because of some dodgy thing that ActewAGL did that made it virtually impossible. We still get our gas through Country Energy, but I suspect Actew will find some way to prevent this in the future too. Gotta love a good monopoly – sure is great for profit margins!

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