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AusERA |OT| 2017

TheForgotten

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Oct 27, 2017
423
I think i saw something where Palmer spent more money on advertising in the last 2 weeks than Labor and Liberal combined. like last week was over $5M alone.

At least my seat stayed Greens, but where i grew up went a little more Libs. my Sisters seat stayed independent, but had a 3.5% swing to the Libs.

I would love to know what QId and Tas voters were thinking.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,052
Totally understand the current flavour of this thread (and mood) but this is semi-related.

Has anybody had experience with Paypal limiting your account based on you potentiall being a 'politically exposed person'?

I'm butting heads with Paypal (I want to say locally but of course the call centre is probably located on the largest moon of Jupiter) for these reasons as I type this.

The thing is though I've been asked to go through this rigmarole before.

The gentlemen on the line could only provide basic info on the why-for's but apparently it has something to do with my sharing a name with someone who's either a politician, a judge, or similarly important. ASIC directive.

I'm ropable!
 

Aarglefarg

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,098
Delivery from EB Games, just for one game, is $15 for standard post! With a delivery estimate of 6 days from now.
 

Shaneus

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,806
I wouldn’t be surprised if they aren’t already working on it. Heck took them 6 years to get NPP onto Hogan and their subsidiaries still don’t have it. Give it around a month or two.
I'm not fussed at all, I'm not with them so it's fine. But my wife is and even though she isn't exactly jonesing for it, the delay in introducing it is astounding.
 

Ruthless

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,043
Melbourne, Australia
So Energy Australia has been holding us hostage for 4 months now with the gas bill.

We switched electricity back in January cause EA was ripping us off even with '40% discounts', and since then they have not sent us a gas bill.

Without the bill we can't make the switch to another retailer. They made number of excuses, like their system is down, the meter reader couldn't get access, etc.

We even paid them to have a meter reader sent out for a read, they promised he would come and someone stayed home during the day for a whole week but no one showed up. The actual read was finally done 3 weeks ago but still they have not sent us the bill.

Any idea what to do here? I guess I should just call/email the ombudsman on Monday.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,102
VIC, AUSTRALIA
So Energy Australia has been holding us hostage for 4 months now with the gas bill.

We switched electricity back in January cause EA was ripping us off even with '40% discounts', and since then they have not sent us a gas bill.

Without the bill we can't make the switch to another retailer. They made number of excuses, like their system is down, the meter reader couldn't get access, etc.

We even paid them to have a meter reader sent out for a read, they promised he would come and someone stayed home during the day for a whole week but no one showed up. The actual read was finally done 3 weeks ago but still they have not sent us the bill.

Any idea what to do here? I guess I should just call/email the ombudsman on Monday.
Yeah go straight to the ombudsman, that's fucked up
 

lint2015

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,376
So Energy Australia has been holding us hostage for 4 months now with the gas bill.

We switched electricity back in January cause EA was ripping us off even with '40% discounts', and since then they have not sent us a gas bill.

Without the bill we can't make the switch to another retailer. They made number of excuses, like their system is down, the meter reader couldn't get access, etc.

We even paid them to have a meter reader sent out for a read, they promised he would come and someone stayed home during the day for a whole week but no one showed up. The actual read was finally done 3 weeks ago but still they have not sent us the bill.

Any idea what to do here? I guess I should just call/email the ombudsman on Monday.
Four months is far too long, but why do you need a copy of the latest bill? All you need from the bill is the NMI and you can get that from any bill or logging into your account online.
 

remz

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,105
Energy australia are fucking dodgy as shit. it's amazing they haven't got into shit yet
 

Ruthless

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,043
Melbourne, Australia
Four months is far too long, but why do you need a copy of the latest bill? All you need from the bill is the NMI and you can get that from any bill or logging into your account online.
For electricity, yes. For gas, we need the latest bill, have to show the new retailer that we have paid the old one till date.

As well as proof of last actual meter read.
 
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lint2015

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Oct 27, 2017
1,376
For electricity, yes. For gas, we need the latest bill, have to show the new retailer that we have paid the old one till date.

As well as proof of last actual meter read.
First I've heard of it. Maybe not the NMI but the meter no for the gas. I've never had to provide a new retailer with a copy of my latest bill when switching retailers and as far as I know you don't have to have settled with the old retailer to be connected to a new one?

The meter read, yeah usually that gets done automatically when you change retailers. I've never had to give the reading to a new retailer, can they not get the last read from the distributor in your area?

Also, maybe it varies from state to state.
 
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Ruthless

Member
Oct 25, 2017
2,043
Melbourne, Australia
First I've heard of it. Maybe not the NMI but the meter no for the gas. I've never had to provide a new retailer with a copy of my latest bill when switching providers and as far as I know you don't have to have settled with the old provider to be connected to a new one?
That's what I thought as well but I assume it differs between retailers and states (I'm in Vic). We were specifically told we that we needed a copy of the latest bill with actual read. EA has been sending us estimated bill all year and they really overestimate the bill, up to 5x at times. Our last 3 estimated gas bills in 2018 were around $600 each and actual read for what we paid was $130.
 

lint2015

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,376
That's what I thought as well but I assume it differs between retailers and states (I'm in Vic). We were specifically told we that we needed a copy of the latest bill with actual read. EA has been sending us estimated bill all year and they really overestimate the bill, up to 5x at times. Our last 3 estimated gas bills in 2018 were around $600 each and actual read for what we paid was $130.
I remember there were limits (at least in NSW) to how long they're allowed to give estimated reads before they have to obtain an actual reading (provided there is no obstructions preventing them from accessing the meter), but I have a slight migraine right now and can't find the info.

For Vic, it seems it may be 12 months: https://www.ewov.com.au/files/fact-sheet-03-estimated-bills-and-meter-access_0_0.pdf but you'd need to look into it further.

I've taken a retailer to the Ombudsman for whacked readings. Gather all your evidence and take photos of the actual meter if you feel you'll need to make a complaint.
 

mikezilla2

Member
Oct 28, 2017
252
sure iv asked this before , but considering how shonky USB micro is ( ps4 controllers) any recommendations on cheap cabling have been using the 3 meter eBay ones for some time
 

mikezilla2

Member
Oct 28, 2017
252
I'd also be interested. No brand one's are an absolute minefield, plus some work fine with phones but not with the DS4.
well some are for both data and charge were as others arnt .... but yea , other wise who would make 30 of those cables for cheap in custom lengths say 3 meters or more ?( waits for somone to post about that being false economy)
 

fulltimepanda

Member
Oct 28, 2017
249
Tronsmart, Blitzwolf, Baseus and RAVPower generally make quality cables and other products.

Wire thickness/gauge is generally what matters, beware of thinner cables or cables pretending to use higher gauge by using a lot of plastic insulation. Unfortunately it's hard to tell just by going on pictures online.
 

mikezilla2

Member
Oct 28, 2017
252
Tronsmart, Blitzwolf, Baseus and RAVPower generally make quality cables and other products.

Wire thickness/gauge is generally what matters, beware of thinner cables or cables pretending to use higher gauge by using a lot of plastic insulation. Unfortunately it's hard to tell just by going on pictures online.
any of those in 3 meter plus length ? :)
 

Hey

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Feb 19, 2018
2,868
Been several months in Australia without weed.... if anyone know someone I could buy weed from in Canberra would make me so much happier :)
 

Shaneus

Member
Oct 27, 2017
3,806
Hah, people asking on a forum about weed. That's actually pretty funny.

I'd like to try and get some, mostly for my wife's nerve pain, but I clam up and get nervous when asking at the chemist for cold and flu medication with pseudo.
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,483
Hah, people asking on a forum about weed. That's actually pretty funny.

I'd like to try and get some, mostly for my wife's nerve pain, but I clam up and get nervous when asking at the chemist for cold and flu medication with pseudo.
I legitimately wouldn’t know who to ask. I have some cousins who are young enough to know people who know people, but I wouldn’t want to potentially get them in trouble. I guess I could ask my ex whose cousin sold weed back in the day, but I haven’t spoken to her in more than 10 years and I think she moved interstate. I could ask shady dudes in the valley if they’re selling, but that’s more likely to get someone as dorky as I am bashed and robbed rather than getting me in possession of any product.
 

Overflow

Member
Oct 29, 2017
1,718
Wollongong
Acknowledging that this is open a real can of worms: what's the best approach to getting a dental check-up?

Haven't been in a couple years, wouldn't be surprised if I needed a couple fillings or something. Is it best to just book myself in, roll the dice and pay for what needs to be done? Or is it worth seeking some kind of dental cover/insurance? Early 20s male, I know nothing about taking care of myself thx :)
 

ClivePwned

Member
Oct 27, 2017
1,418
Cambridge, UK
Fun times. Looking to move back to Australia soon. no prob. I want to bring my cat with me. Jesus H christ this is an expensive pain in the arse. Not bringing the cat back with me is not an option but holy shitballs at the red tape and the costs. Fucking stressful in every way.

just needed to vent to people who aren't going to tell me to dump the cat. I've already done one international move with him and that was bad enough but fucking hell.
 
Oct 25, 2017
5,102
VIC, AUSTRALIA
Fun times. Looking to move back to Australia soon. no prob. I want to bring my cat with me. Jesus H christ this is an expensive pain in the arse. Not bringing the cat back with me is not an option but holy shitballs at the red tape and the costs. Fucking stressful in every way.

just needed to vent to people who aren't going to tell me to dump the cat. I've already done one international move with him and that was bad enough but fucking hell.
Cats are great!
 
Oct 25, 2017
1,483
Acknowledging that this is open a real can of worms: what's the best approach to getting a dental check-up?

Haven't been in a couple years, wouldn't be surprised if I needed a couple fillings or something. Is it best to just book myself in, roll the dice and pay for what needs to be done? Or is it worth seeking some kind of dental cover/insurance? Early 20s male, I know nothing about taking care of myself thx :)
You really should have insurance if your income is anywhere approaching the Medicare levy threshold or you’re near 30. Otherwise, maybe paying full price for a one-off visit is going to be cheaper over the course of a year than the insurance plus extras.

Insurance with basic extras is worth it if you wear glasses, need dental or ever need physio, but don’t fall for the extras that give you “free” massages and whatnot. They almost always have limits on them that mean that it’ll be cheaper for you to just pay for the massages full price.