Seeking recommendations following the War Memorial disgrace …

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Holden Caulfield 9:45 am 24 Sep 09

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

deezagood 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!

I-filed I-filed 8:42 am 24 Sep 09

bd84 said :

This has to be one of the most idiotic posts I have seen.

I’m glad the posts are moderated these days and this level of invective is the upper limit!

GottaLoveCanberra GottaLoveCanberra 12:06 am 24 Sep 09

Chop71 said :

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

Oh wow, fancy that, you can pick another retailer! Go to Country Energy or Integral or whatever other retailers are out there if it worries you so much.

Also, emailing John McKay won’t get you that far as he hasn’t been CEO of ActewAGL for some time now, that post now belonging to Michael Costello.

Chop71 Chop71 9:50 pm 23 Sep 09

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.

pug206gti pug206gti 9:39 pm 23 Sep 09

Storm, teacup?

But seriously, the Duntroon band is less than a kilometre away with at least a bugler or two who could easily be posted for a ten minute job every night. Just do that.

bd84 bd84 8:14 pm 23 Sep 09

This has to be one of the most idiotic posts I have seen. If you’re not happy with the service either organisation provides (they are separate btw), then fair enough. To get up on a soap box and cry foul for TransACT to provide a small amount of money as sponsorship to keep an attraction for tourists going is rediculous. If you have walked through the AWM any time in the past 10-15 years you would know a significant amount of the exhibitions are sponsored by a numerous corporations and also private donors and the names of the sponsors are displayed discreetly. The sponsorship for the playing of the last post is no different to any of the other arrangements. Given the federal government fails to provide sufficient funding for the displays, if you want anyone to vent your frustration at it should be the krudd government. After all you’re probably one of the people who voted for the clown.

Or alternatively, perhaps they should ban all sponsorship at the AWM? Then they can close the doors and board up the windows and then everyone can be happy that no commercial interests are being served at all.

Man With The Plan Man With The Plan 6:52 pm 23 Sep 09

Transact should be congratulated for coming to the party; seeing as Krudd has zero respect for the AWM which was shown by him severely slashing their budget forcing them to seek funding from elsewhere.
I was there yesterday afternoon, and the logo on the lectern is that small that you really have to look to see it.

busgirl busgirl 6:26 pm 23 Sep 09

Like I said in the previous post with the really obscure title…I guess TransACT is a better choice than Tobin Brothers.

Get over yourselves…would you rather no last post at all??

WhyTheLongFace WhyTheLongFace 5:49 pm 23 Sep 09

Have you been the War Memorial lately?

Short or funds……? Since when.

The place is awesome. It is obviously funded well.

What a farce.

amarooresident2 amarooresident2 4:41 pm 23 Sep 09

Compared to many of the National Institutions the AWM is very well funded indeed and frankly this looks like a naked attempt to shame the Government into providing more funds.

One of the oldest public service tricks in the book.

1. Government asks for savings

2. Department chooses the most politicly embarrassing cut they can think of.

3. Announces it publicly.

4. Acts all innocent when the shit hits the fan.

5. Minister is forced/shamed into restoring the funding due to the public backlash/Daily Telegraph.

Holden Caulfield Holden Caulfield 4:16 pm 23 Sep 09

TransACT is rubbish, but their support for this cause is welcomed IMO.

So, in answer to your question … Internode or iiNet are probably your best bets.

Watch out, I think the sky is about to fall on your head, too.

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