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Petitioning NBN Co, Telstra, Optus

Stop NBN Co from implementing a "Netflix Tax"

I never thought I would be one to start an online petition, but here we are. As reported on Channel 7 News on 3/7/19, the NBN Co is wanting to implement a "Netflix Tax" whereby the ISPs (Telstra, Optus, etc) would start charging customers extra for video streaming data. This is WRONG for many reasons. Firstly, I believe in a free and open internet, this would stop that. Not only would customers lose out by having to pay more money for the content that they already consume, it would be a real spit in the face to all of the people who currently have unlimited data plans. This would also effect the smaller ISPs more as companies like Telstra and Optus could say that they won't charge extra for the services they own/have partnerships with, which would limit competition, limit customer choice and prevent any new start ups from being able to gain traction. Why should Telstra charge you extra for watching YouTube or Netflix as opposed to their own service? It is all 1s and 0s between the servers and your computer, so why does it matter? And they will tell you it's because of the amount of data not the type of data that is the reason, but in reality, you could use far more data in less time doing other activities such as downloading or gaming. Which brings me to my second point: it won't only be the video data that will get taxed. After video, it will probably be online gaming, then it will be downloading games/video/music, then it will be music streaming and then it will be social media, it won't stop, at the end of the day, it is all about money to them. It's not about improving customer experience, it's solely about how much more money they can get out of the customer.

Riordan Owens
83,704 supporters
Petitioning Telstra

Telstra: Stop exploiting sick patients with your cruel policy

I was in hospital in pain and would’ve done anything to distract me from that pain and loneliness - but Telstra charge patients $13.50 a day for patients to access free to air channels. Not only is this a rip off, it’s robbing vulnerable patients of much needed money which they need to spend on their health. Telstra is only interested in lining their own pockets. They don't care about sick kids whose parents can’t afford this exploitative charge. I’m on a disability pension. Many elderly people around me were similar to me - we can’t afford to be ripped off by Telstra. Hospital was hell for me. I had stomach and bowel problems. In my ward of four, one patient pressed the buzzer every two seconds. She just wanted attention, something to take her mind off her pain and fear - but not at a cost that’d make her choose between a few free to air TV channels and essentials like food. An anorexic patient in my ward had a nurse watching her 24/7. She looked so stressed. She weighed 29k and couldn’t move. I spent my last few dollars on an expensive Telstra TV voucher for her. It made her so much happier. But I could only afford one day. The government should never have allowed this dodgy deal that allows Telstra screws patients. The least they could do now is scrap the unethical profit making. Imagine how many sick and vulnerable people Telstra could help if they ended this disgusting greed, preying on the poor and sick to make the fat cats fatter.

Lyndsay Iwanicki
62,119 supporters
Petitioning Tony Pasin MP

Phone Service for rural areas- everyone should be able to make a phone call in emergencies

I’m sitting in the hospital with my fiancé. We just got out of the ambulance. He tipped a hay truck on the farm. He laid there for who knows how long. He couldn’t reach for the radio to let anyone know where he was. But he had his phone in his back pocket. Do you think that helped him? No. There was no phone service. Not even to make an EMERGENCY phone call. We are only about 20 minutes from the nearest town. While the cities are getting 5G, we don’t even have enough service to make an emergency call. So he laid there. He laid there in horrific pain and thankfully his boss found him. So what if his boss was at one of the other properties? What if he was away? Why is it there’s more priority speeding up download speeds in the city when my fiancé cannot even make a phone call to get help? Accidents HAPPEN. They are bound to happen. Especially on farms. Every farmer you meet can tell you the dangers. So politicians, Telstra, anyone, I ask you to give us phone towers in rural areas. It’s not a luxury. It’s a necessity. Because I hate to say it, but there will be a horrific accident, and because someone cannot make 1 single, simple phone call there will be blood on your hands. If it wasn’t for Jon being found in time today, it could be a lot different. Time is of the essence in these situations. I ask everyone to care. Because ultimately we all know someone who lives on the land, works on the land or it could even be you passing through and experience not having any phone service. But you should also care because everyone has the right to have their loved one go to work, and to know that if something was to happen they can call for help. Everyone should be able to go to work and feel assured that if something was to happen, they can call for help. Nobody should ever have to face losing a loved one ever. But especially close the Christmas. We are organising our engagement party for next week. Imagine losing someone so close to the important events because they couldn’t get help? It nearly happened. It’s scary how easily it could have happened. I hate to be the person badgering the politicians. But hell, someone has got to. I love my fiancé, friends and family too much to do nothing. I’m not having someone die because they couldn’t do something everyone should be able to do in 2019- make a phone call.

Lucy Pearce
13,077 supporters
Petitioning Stop Smart Meters Australia, Telstra, House of Representatives Petitions Australia, Optus,

Stop 5G Networks Now! We do not want a weapons system, nor our brains to be fried!

5G networks are something we do not want in our country. The information on them  has been very scarce and people need to be well informed.  "Research shows that 5G millimeter wave radiation will make people sick, especially unborn children, young children, pregnant women, and individuals with chronic illness. The predicted adverse health effects include cancer, infertility, cataracts, headaches, neurological malfunction, cardiac irregularities, and insomnia, in much higher numbers and potency than that being experienced as a result of 4G by electro-hyper-sensitive people today. With as much as 10 percent of the population now showing signs of EHS to WiFi/wireless radiation, and cancer now affecting 1 out of every 2 people, we cannot afford to allow the telecom industry and our government to push 5G on us without our permission, and in spite of documented health hazards to humans, animals, birds and wildlife. The World Health Organizations International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a Group 2B carcinogen based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer associated with wireless phone use. Dr. Olle Johansson, neuroscientist at the Karolinska Institute (which awards the Nobel Prize for Physiology and Medicine), has stated that the proof of harm from radiofrequency electromagnetic fields is overwhelming and that children should never be allowed to be victims of a WHO-classified possible carcinogen. Dr. Ronald Powell, a Harvard-trained physicist, is also concerned about the potential for widespread harm from EMF radiation, particularly 5G. Brain and central nervous system tumors are the second most common cancers in children, making up about 26 percent of childhood cancers. Do we want to increase the risk of cancer in children by forcing them to be exposed to one of its known causes? In Idaho, we still have a chance to put a halt to 5G by spreading the word, contacting our legislators, and letting them be aware of statewide opposition." Health Freedom This type of technology kills ALL BIOLOGICALS. That means animals, trees and US!

Jenn Oates
4,321 supporters
Telstra: Stop exploiting sick patients with your cruel policy

We’ve been listening closely to what you’ve all shared with us. Any conversation about patient health and well-being is an important one, and one that we welcome. We have been delivering patient entertainment services to 11 hospitals in South Australia in partnership with SA Health since 2012. Any decision to change these services, including pricing, must be made together with SA Health. We have brought this petition to their attention and look forward to discussing with them ways we can improve patient entertainment services, including options on how to make free to air entertainment more accessible to all patients, after the SA election. In addition there a few other considerations: - The current pricing covers costs for hardware, network, licencing and maintenance associated with providing a health compliant device to watch TV at the bedside – this is not a free service for SA Health or us. - The service we provide includes streaming and on-demand movies, internet and telephone as well as free to air TV. - SA Health covers the costs of entertainment service access for many specific types of patients, including those in the chemotherapy units, renal dialysis units, palliative care, and Department of Veteran Affairs Gold and White card holders. We are committed to working with SA Health to implement any changes to in-hospital entertainment in the hospitals we service.

2 years ago
Telstra: Stop exploiting sick patients with your cruel policy

Thank you for your comments regarding free to air TV in hospitals. Charging for TV and other services is widespread across Australian hospitals with different providers charging different rates for these services. In major South Australian public hospitals, patient entertainment (that includes TV, internet access, on demand movies and telephone) is accessed via bedside computers. In these hospitals there is no cost for patient entertainment in children’s, renal dialysis, spinal, burns, haematology, oncology, hospice and palliative care wards. For any further information about the South Australian hospital services, please contact the bedside computer information line on 1800 028 680 or go to the SA Health website:

2 years ago
Stop Telstra Penalising Customers for Paying

Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback about the fee we charge some customers for receiving a paper bill or paying in person or via post, which we do not make a profit from. You are not charged this fee if you are a Pensioner, Low Income Health Care Card Holder or only have a home phone service with Telstra. We understand you may not have easy access to receive and pay your bills online. If you are not exempt from this fee you will be charged $1 if you get your bill online and pay in person or by post. You will be charged $2.20 if you receive a paper bill and pay online or over the phone. You will only be charged $3.20 if you both receive a paper bill and pay in person or by post. You can read more about the fee and how it is applied on our website. If you have any further questions please feel free to get in touch online, in store or over the phone.

4 years ago