If you do not consent to a smart meter being installed at your address, here is what two people did, along with the letters and signs that were used.
“I understand that Contract Law needs CONSENT – I DO NOT Consent to a Smart Meter being installed, and this is what I have done to stop it:”
No Smart meter, the Meter Box is mine, so I’ve locked it. Did you know that under Contract Law in Australia there needs to be consent by both parties for a contract. Well I do not consent to a smart meter being installed on my home and based on all the information I now have on health, privacy and economic issues of smart meters, and on contract law in Australia I am now “prohibiting the installation of a smart meter at my address”.
My interpretation of contract law is that if I do not reply to a letter telling me that a smart meter will be installed between certain dates, then I am implying consent by doing nothing. I will not be phoning the number in the letter either as they could trick me into a conversation where I give “implied consent”. Any callers will be told “I require all communications in writing”.
So I have sent a letter to my power distributor stating that I do not give my consent, telling Minister O’Brien I do not give my consent, locked my meter box and installed windows for the meter to be read and pasted a notice on the box that I do not give my consent. Posted a notice at the entry to my property that I do not give my consent to a smart meter being installed and they are trespassing if they enter my property to do so. And I have taken photos as proof that I have done all this.
To summarize these are the steps I have taken –
- Here is the first letter I have sent to my Power Distributor and to Minister O’Brien 1 Prohibition of Smartmeter installation letter
- If the Power Distributor replies to my first letter or still sends another installation notice – ignoring my first letter, I will be sending this letter Prohibition of undue harassment
- I have locked my meter box and put windows for the meter reader Click here for an example. – and put my meter box Stop Sign up which I have signed, dated, laminated and photographed (Click here to download your sign if you are not the owner of the property use this sign) after putting on my meter box.
- I Placed this sign at the entry to my property (after signing, dating, laminating) then photographed it in place.
- If you receive a reply from your first letter of No consent to install, it will probably have strong words and contracts, codes etc listed re Meter Ownership, the Power Distributors entitlement to access your property etc, and a paragraph suggesting you raise any further concerns re the Victorian Government policy to the Dept of Primary Industries , DPI. So, many people are then sending the Prohibition of undue harassment letter to the Power Distributor and also sending a letter to the DPI and their Member of Parliament, saying that No matter how many times it is stated that Smart Meters are safe, WE DO NOT BELIEVE THEY ARE.
- WHO SAYS ARPANSA and other Australian standards being used are right AND ALL THE OTHER REPORTS ARE WRONG.
- WHO GAVE YOU THE RIGHT TO TELL US WHAT WE CAN AND CANNOT BELIEVE? HOW DARE YOU?
- I TOTALLY REFUSE AND DO NOT CONSENT TO HAVE A SMART METER INSTALLED.
AUSTRALIA IS A FREE AND DEMOCRATIC COUNTRY AND YOU SHOULD BE HONOURING OUR HUMAN AND DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS. WE WILL STAND UP FOR THEM.
Remember as a wise person once said “if you don’t know your rights, you have none”.
To all those reading this, ask yourself honestly, if you feel strongly enough about something, do you just moan and talk about it, or do you DO something about it, or do you sit back and say “they should do something about it” – as so many typical Aussies do.
“Stand for something or fall for anything.”
I have posted this information to make others aware, as with all things in life we have choices about the stand we make for what we believe are our human and democratic rights.
This is another reply from a visitor to our site:
I’m not a lawyer but, according to Halsbury’s Laws of Australia the only justifiable reason for trespass to install a meter is by consent; it is the ONLY justifiable reason. This brings us to contract law, as consent to trespass may be implied implicitly or explicity as a contractual agreement.
I contacted the electricity distributor that was harassing me for a copy of the contract between their company in connection to my property. Their response was to provide an extract of a government gazette and some policy document. I replied by stating that this was not a valid and lawful contract (referencing formation, offer, acceptance, known terms, etc.) according to contract law. I stated I rejected their claim that a contract exists on known and agreed terms, and that I did not accept their documents as an offer to contract.
Further, I requested on multiple occasions for proof of ownership if they claim ownership to any equipment on my property. They refused to provide evidence, so I informed them that they own nothing on my property. Look up Sale of Offices Act 1551 and Sale of Offices Act 1809 – both in full force within the Commonwealth (to my knowledge). No letters in a month since but I assume I’ll be receiving one soon.
I have also written to Michael O’Brien stating I reject any claim by the Crown or any corporation of the Crown can enforce the purchase and use of a product against my will.
The other notice to be sent is to the retailer to inform them that no consent is provided for the installation of smart meters under any conditions. If they try to intimidate you then you can threaten to move to another retailer.