01.Who's that knocking at my door?
Federal MP Steve Georganas introduced a private members bill on Monday 21 May 2012, that will enable consumers to opt out of door-to-door sales campaigns. Such campaigns have become popular in many industries, including energy.
About the bill
The Do Not Knock Register Bill proposes a similar system to the already existing Do Not Call Register which has attracted over 7 million participants.
The bill imposes financial penalties for violating companies and individuals. However, government organisations, religious groups and charities will not be affected.
Why the need to knuckle-down on door knocking?
During his address, Mr Georganas argued that the registry would protect older Australians and other vulnerable groups from intimidating sales tactics. He also noted that many consumers have fallen victim to “misleading and deceptive conduct, like the promise of particular benefits or savings which never materialised”.
Such unscrupulous practices were subject of an ACCC investigation earlier this year, which targeted energy retailers.
CHOICE encourages all consumers to be cautious when dealing with door-to-door salespeople and other outlets such as commercial switching sites.
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