The members of the Broadmeadows Progress Association requested that the Secretary, John Rutherford, seek legal advice regarding the right of an electricity customer to refuse installation of a smart meter and the validity of the bullying tactics and threatened retribution by the power distributors.
A solicitor was approached who in turn briefed a Barrister.
Legal Advice that verifies:
- Customer’s right to refuse installation of the smart meter if they wish.
- Threats to disconnect electricity are highly misleading.
- Distributors’ current bullying tactics are not consistent with the Government’s direction to employ their “Best Endeavours”.
- Threat to impose fines has no basis in fact and is in violation of Clause 17 of the Electricity Distribution Code.
A copy of the legal advice can be found at: Smart Meter Legal Advice 2012