SMART meter opponent Chris Hynes was outsmarted by installers this week after a long campaign to avoid having one installed at his house went as high as the Premier’s office, only to fail.
But Mr Hynes aims to hit back with a possible class action with other disgruntled customers.
The Warrnambool man arrived home from work to find his old analogue electricity meter had been replaced with one of the controversial compact smart meters while his wife had been sleeping after night shift.
“I wasn’t very happy at all, but it looks like I’m stuck with it,” he told The Standard yesterday.
“Now I’m thinking of contacting other opponents and solicitors to see if they are interested in launching a class action against compulsory fitting of the new meters.
“It seems people’s rights are gone and the government can now authorise people to walk into your property and do these jobs. I had notices of objection stuck to my meter box and they were ignored.”
Mr Hynes had written to Premier Ted Baillieu with a list of 10 questions relating to health, insurance and fire risks.
It prompted a reply advising his concerns had been forwarded to Energy and Resources Minister David O’Brien.
Mr O’Brien’s office also did not answer his questions, Mr Hynes said. “I’m going to follow up with a letter to Powercor and to Mr O’Brien demanding answers,” he said.
“I will demand the installers come back again and refit the meter to a heat-resistant board that won’t have a risk of catching fire.”
Another Warrnambool opponent, pensioner Pam Densley, has locked her meter box and installed a piece of see-through perspex on the door.
“I don’t want a bloody smart meter fitted until they can answer all my questions about safety and health risks,” she said.