Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia, following a referral from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

It has been estimated that approximately 7.4 million Australians do not get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep can impact on a person’s health and wellbeing, and may also lead to a loss of workforce productivity.  Deloitte Access Economics assessed the health system costs associated with inadequate sleep to be approximately $1.8 billion in 2016-17.

The Committee Chair stated that “the Committee will examine the causes, [the] economic and social costs, and treatment of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, in addition to education and training available to medical professionals regarding sleep health issues, and current research into sleep health”.

SSMA suspects that the MPs on this committee, along with most medical professionals, are unaware of the impact that pulsed radiofrequency emissions are having on Australians’ sleep.

A PubMed-listed, peer-reviewed study entitled Self-reporting of Symptom Development from Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields of Wireless Smart Meters in Victoria, Australia: A Case Series found that the most common symptom as a result of exposure to the pulsed radiofrequency fields from smart meters was insomnia.  Forty eight percent of the people in the 92-case study reported insomnia, sleep disturbance, or sleep disruption.

If emissions from smart meters, or other radiofrequency devices, have adversely affected your sleep, here is your chance to tell the committee about the cause, impact and cost (economic and social) of inadequate sleep on your life.

Submissions from individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday, 18 October 2018.  The preferred method is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.

Further information about this inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission, are available here.

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Heartless Minister D’Ambrosio refuses to help suffering retiree

Despite many requests, Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio refuses to permit the removal of the communicating chip from a smart meter causing irrefutable suffering and pain.

Richard Pearce from the Preston Leader writes:

“RESERVOIR retiree Sergio spends his nights in a cramped and freezing garage, surrounded by bird cages and old furniture.

Whenever he tries to sleep in his own bed he wakes up with pain, dizziness, and has difficulty talking.

Sergio said these problems started in 2013, shortly after a smart meter was installed at his home.

Testing determined the meter was within the current safety standard but Sergio and his wife Agatha believe he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) which affects his pace maker.

Sergio sleeps in the garage because it’s the furthest point from the meter on the property.

“The first night we slept in (the garage) it was like a paradise for him,” Agatha said.

The controversial condition isn’t recognised by the World Health Organisation, but is an increasingly common complaint.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency said there was no established evidence that smart meters caused health issues, but research was ongoing.

The most famous case of EHS was in 2013 when Dr David McDonald was awarded compensation after the CSIRO required him to work with electronic devices, giving him headaches and other health issues.

For two-and-a-half years, Sergio and his wife Agatha have been asking Jemena to temporarily remove the transmitter to see if Sergio’s health recovers without it.

Agatha said she offered to pay up to 12 months in advance and extra for any charges.

The company visited the house multiple times and initially put a mesh net on the wall with sticky tape and moved an aerial to the roof but Sergio’s health continued to decline.

Sergio and Agatha Casagrande in front of the mesh net. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Jemena spokesman Michael Pintabona said an ombudsman investigation found the company’s actions were reasonable.

The ombudsman also concluded under current law, a smart meter can’t be replaced with a manually read version.

Now Sergio is seeking an exemption to the law through Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, who visited the property in February.

Agatha said she was sick of the couple’s calls for help being ignored.

“I’m angry 24 hours a day,” she said. “I’ll go stand on parliament steps until someone takes notice.”

Ms D’Ambrosio’s office did not respond to Leader’s requests for comment.”

Has Minister D’Ambrosio have a heart?? The Victorian Labor Government promotes itself as “Putting People First” – Such dishonesty!  

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Victorians beware: New push to install smart meters!

It has come to SSMA’s attention that Victorian power distributors are once again targeting residences that refused a smart meter during the 2009-2014 state-mandated rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

Despite the Victorian government’s 2014 Order in Council stating, in the case of account holder refusal, that a distributor is not required to comply with the requirement that a remotely read interval meter must be installed until such time as “refusal is withdrawn or access to install a remotely read interval meter is otherwise available”, distributors continue in their attempts to sneak radiation-emitting infrastructure on to residences.

A ‘Notice of Meter Upgrade’ that was recently mailed to customers from United Energy states “We are advising you that a qualified meter technician will carry out the installation of the AMI meter at your property…”.  At least this customer was given some forewarning.  It has been reported that a customer in Powercor’s catchment area found her notice of refusal ripped off, and a smart meter installed.

AusNet Services customers can also expect to find their meters targeted – but for many of these customers it will be because the radiofrequency communications card in their WiMAX-networked smart meter has died.  According to information referred to by the Australian Energy Regulator in its 2016 to 2020 determination for AusNet Services, these modules only have a design life of seven years, and the manufacturer had advised that “chipsets and other components used in the WiMAX communications modules are no longer available to purchase“.  Consequently, AusNet Services has adopted “a reactive approach in which WiMAX hardware is replaced with mesh radio equivalents when a failure is observed”.  This strategy might provide those AusNet Services customers who had the misfortune to have a WiMAX smart meter installed on their residence, and who haven’t yet had their meter converted, a window of opportunity to make sure their meter remains a much safer, non-communicating meter!

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Online health summit | Are EMFs killing you and your children?

FREE from 18 24 September  (U.S. Eastern time)

Are you concerned about the ocean of EMFs we’re drowning in (mobile phones, WiFi, smart meters, Bluetooth, and even common household appliances)?  Scientists are already sounding the alarm about the health dangers posed to you and your family …and 5G is just around the corner!

This online health summit, put together by Lloyd Burrell, features nearly 3 dozen interviews with some of the world’s leading experts in this area.  You’ll learn a lot of information that you can use to protect not only yourself but your children from the dangers of EMF exposures.

Interviewees include Joseph Mercola, MD, Olle Johansson, PhD, Camilla Rees, MBA, Dietrich Klinghardt, MD, PhD, Paul Héroux, PhD, Lloyd Morgan, Senior Researcher, Environmental Health Trust, Frank Clegg, Ex-CEO Microsoft Canada, and David Carpenter, MD.

To register for the EMF Health Summit 2018, go to:


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Petition | Please test 5G technology BEFORE it is rolled out

A petition addressed to Australia’s Minister for Communications, Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, calls for thorough and independent testing of 5G for potential long-term adverse health effects before this technology is rolled out in Australia.

The petition points out that the health effect issue of 5G is potentially very controversial as the communications industry is massive and 5G technology will be quite pervasive – but its long-term health effects on humans are largely unknown.

Please consider signing this petition if you care about this issue.

To view the text for the petition, and to sign, go to:

Note that the petition says that by signing you will receive campaign emails from CommunityRun and GetUp Australia.  However, you can unsubscribe from these messages at any time by clicking on the “unsubscribe” link on the bottom of these emails.

Previous SSMA posts on 5G include:

Also check out Senator Patrick Colbeck from Michigan speak about the dangers of 5G to the U.S House Energy Policy Committee.

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Take Back Your Power 2017 now permanently free to view!

The award-winning documentary Take Back Your Power uncovers the shocking story behind why hundreds of local governments are standing against the multi-billion dollar rollout of ‘smart’ utility meters. Take a journey of revelation, examining evidence of in-home privacy invasions, systemic over-billing, extortion, health & environmental harm, fires and unprecedented hacking vulnerability. And be inspired by emerging solutions.

With compelling insight from whistleblowers, government agents, lawyers, doctors, researchers and environmentalists, Take Back Your Power investigates the claimed benefits and emerging risks of a profit-based global initiative that seeks to change the way we live. What you’ll discover will surprise, unsettle and ultimately empower you.

This final cut has 20% new content since the original 2013 release.

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Awards won:
Leo Awards, Best Feature Length Documentary Program 
AwareGuide Transformational Film of the Year
Indie Fest Annual Humanitarian Award
NaturalHealth365 Film Of The Year


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The Problem with 5G – PC Magazine

The technology might be the problem, but even worse for the companies behind it is the perception that 5G is already unsafe before they even get it on a single pole.

If you read the barrage of scary literature about 5G mobile phone technology, specifically the use of millimeter wave frequencies to transmit data, you must conclude that it is a bad bet.

I’m not saying this because the technology does not work. It’s a bad bet because so little is known about the effects of millimeter waves (30GHz-300GHz). While these frequencies only permeate a small fraction of the human epidermis (the skin), the effect on the cornea, in particular, needs serious research.

Because the industry is too cheap to study the health effects of the technology itself, it lets this sort of product out the door despite the fact that it has already been weaponized by the military. These frequencies are so poor at travelling long distances, they need a transmitter on nearly every telephone pole and light pole to make 5G work.

5G is already getting some bad publicity, which could result in everything from bans on the technology to equipment destruction by vigilantes.

Of course, when you read deeper into what the chip and telecom companies are trying to do, you quickly discover that many systems calling themselves 5G are currently 4G mods using 5G as a marketing tool. Let’s ignore that scam and stay focused on millimeter waves.

As usual, the mostly arrogant (or naïve) technology industry is caught flat-footed at the negative reaction. It always figures that the stupid public will buy into anything new and jazzy if it makes their handheld phone seem a little faster, and even pay more for the privilege of the upgrade.

One of the ways the industry has made this all work in the past is by quick implementation followed by a “Hey look it works! Nobody was killed” approach. That cannot happen with true 5G, which needs all these mini-towers all over the place. That leaves plenty more time for the public to get a clue and be freaked out.

When you do a search for “5G is Safe” on Google and Bing, you get a number of negative stories and a laundry list of why some people believe it’s unsafe. Companies may as well begin to market a 5G mobile phone with a skull and crossbones on it.

If this bad PR is somehow reversed and 5G takes over the market, I will be shocked. The way it is going does not bode well for any of it.

John C. Dvorak, PC Magazine

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