Do Not Knock a no-go

Older Australians are disappointed by a parliamentary committee recommendation to scrap the introduction of a Do Not Knock Register.

Earlier this week the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs recommended that the House of Representatives reject the Do Not Knock Register Bill.

The Do Not Knock Register would have prohibited salespeople from calling on residential and government addresses listed on the register.

“This is a disappointing outcome for vulnerable Australians who are deliberately targeted by door-to-door salespeople,” said National Seniors chief executive Michael O’Neill.

“It really is nonsense for the Committee to expresses deep sympathy for the predicament of vulnerable consumers who are confronted with unscrupulous door to door selling practices’ and then choose to do nothing,” O’Neill said.

National Seniors members have reported experiencing: aggressive or pushy sales tactics; being ignored when asking the salesperson to leave; signing up to something they didn’t understand or need; feeling like their personal space had been violated; or being bothered at inconvenient times.

“This issue is far from over,” said O’Neill.

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