Stop Smart Meters Australia has learnt that an amendment has been created to the Victorian Government Gazette Order in Council, Advanced Metering Infrastructure, extending the smart meter mandate beyond 2013. This new clause, 14AA Continuation of remotely read interval meter rollout, can be found at: http://www.gazette.vic.gov.au/gazette/Gazettes2013/GG2013S439.pdf#page=2
14AA.2 Continuation of Rollout states:
“Subject to clause 14.3 and to the extent practicable, commencing from 1 January 2014 each distributor must use its best endeavours to install a complying remotely read interval meter for all of the metering installations for customers with annual electricity consumption of 160 MWh or less for which it is the responsible person on 31 December 2013 and for which there was not a complying remotely read interval meter as at 31 December 2013.”
Distributors are required to report to the Victorian government on or before 31 March 2014 the number of installations which were outstanding as of 31 December 2013.
Obviously the so-called Liberal Victorian government is keen for power distributors to continue bullying and threatening residents to accept and pay for meters they do not want nor need!
Stop Smart Meters Australia reminds everyone that people cannot be forced to accept a smart meter against their will and conscience, and that there is no law which stipulates people have to accept a smart meter. Power distributors only need to use their “best endeavours”.
This means we all need to continue to demand our rights, and, most importantly, those with analogue meters need to continue to defend them!
With the blessing of the Napthine Government, expect power distributors to continue their threats and bullying tactics – and remember, keep your meter box locked!
Enough is enough, it’s time to raise the stakes. The government should no longer be able to get away with this, and with an Opposition siding completely with the government, it’s time to hit them where it hurts – the ballot box.
Stay tuned – as a response to growing public concern with how the Victorian public are being treated by essential service corporations and government departments, and in particular their disdain towards customer’s rights to cost-effective, safe, and privacy-protected services, a new political force is being created to fight for the human and democratic rights of all Victorians.