Over the past month, with the apparent approval of the Baillieu Government, especially its Minister for Energy and Resources, Hon. Michael O’Brien, power distributors in Victoria seem to have increased their bullying tactics in forcing smart meters against the will of residents who conscientiously object. Stop Smart Meters Australia would like to remind Victorians there is currently no legislation in place that requires any person to allow another on his or her premises to either remove an old meter or install a smart meter. Currently the installers must use their “best endeavours” to install smart meters (Vic Govt Order in Council dated 28 Aug 2007) and rely upon a ‘deemed contract’ between supplier/user as a basis to install smart meters (in short – this is a deeming that they can come onto property by consent to read meter re billing purposes) – not a right to install a smart meter but a right to read and bill for electricity usage only.
If you encounter threats to disconnect power supply because of your refusal to allow the installation of a smart meter on your premises, the installer/supplier simply cannot do that without being held to account. See: http://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2012/05/08/essential-services-commission-answers-questions-on-bullying-and-threats/Victorian Essential Services Commission
Stop Smart Meters Australia strongly advises you NOT to enter into any VERBAL discussions at your door, or over the phone with power companies, DPI, or Installers – state that you will only deal with communications in writing.
And don’t forget – lock you meter box (and cut a window out so the meter can still be read).
Legal advice we have received includes: http://stopsmartmetersau.files.wordpress.com/2012/12/legal-advice-oct-2012.pdf