AGL offers smart meters as an option (in small print!) to South Australians

AGL is rolling out smart meters in South Australia – but is avoiding the word “smart”.

While the roll-out is not ‘compulsory’, it is by default. People will need to ring AGL to cancel the installation of a smart meter prior to the installation between 31 October and 11 November.

However, residents are given only one week’s notice to cancel the installation.

Quotable quotes from AGL:

“The technology in your electricity meter is over 100 years old. So it’s time for an upgrade. That’s why we’re replacing your old meter with a new digital electricity meter.” [Which won’t last 100 years, but between 10 and 15 years – before it will have to be replaced again!]

“AGL is upgrading your electricity meter free of charge. Then, you will no longer need to worry about manual meter reads or estimated bills.” [Who “worries” about manual reads??]

“If you would prefer not to be upgraded, simply call us on 1300 669 245 any time before 31 October or visit” 

AGL refers to wireless smart meters as ‘digital meters’.  This is misleading. Of course all communications-enabled smart meters are digital meters, but NOT ALL digital meters have a radiofrequency communications chip.

Does AGL fear people will be more inclined to opt-out of having a so-called ‘digital’ meter if they are fully aware of what they are being offered: a wireless device that emits pulsed radiation every day, 24 hours per day?

See below for copies of AGL propaganda sent to South Australian residences (which is identical to the NSW versions).

agl-smart-meters-sa-pamphlet agl-smart-meters-sa-pamphlet re-scanned-agl-smart-meters-sa-install-notice

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Science and Wireless 2016, 22nd November, RMIT

The Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research (ACEBR) is hosting Science & Wireless again this year at RMIT University, Melbourne.

The focus of this year’s event will be a keynote presentation on ‘Radiofrequency radiation applications in treatment of Alzheimer’s disease’ followed by a brief review of ICNIRP exposure guidelines and 5G standards. A facilitated Q&A panel discussion with the ACEBR Chief Investigators and guest presenters will provide opportunities for open discussion on the topics, followed by informal conversations during the poster session over drinks and light snacks.

General attendees must register by 1st November the latest for catering purposes. Note that registration is free.

Program updates and the online registration form are available at:

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Environmental Sensitivities Symposium starts 17th October

The 2016 Environmental Sensitivities Symposium begins on Monday 17th October and runs through to Saturday 22nd October.  This Melbourne-based online event offers a free registration package and features interviews with 15 speakers from around the world.  The topic for each interview is a paper written by the speaker especially for this year’s symposium.

The following interviews are of special relevance to issues surrounding electromagnetic radiation:

Day 1, Monday 17th October

11 am Assoc Prof Olle Johansson: “Health Effects of Artificial Electromagnetic Fields. A Wake-Up Call from a Neuroscientist… But is Anyone in Power Picking Up? Hello…?”

12 noon Cyril W Smith: “Hertz and Hurts”

Day 2, Tuesday 18th October

10 am Lyn McLean:  “Wireless Radiation, Standards and Safety”

Day 3, Wednesday 19th October

9 am Dr Sivani Saravanamuttu: “The Biological Impacts of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Radiation: An Indian Perspective”

11 am Dr Sharyn Martin: Environmental Sensitivity Conditions in Australians and the Impacts of these Conditions on their Lives

Day 4, Thursday 20th October

9 am Dr Mary Redmayne: “Mobile Phone Habits at School and Fertility Implications, School Rules and their Effectiveness: 2009 and now”

12 noon Lucinda Curran: “Beyond the Band-Aid: Getting to the Bottom of Environmental Sensitivities”

The symposium also features Q&A time-slots, introductory mini-interviews and, for those people who are on the free registration package, 24 hour’s access to the sessions.

To register, go to


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Health Department finally admits Health Act applies to health impacts of electromagnetic emissions

The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) previously advised members of the public that electromagnetic emissions were considered to be outside the provisions of Victoria’s Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008.  Following a complaint raised by a member of the public to the Victorian Ombudsman, the department has reviewed its position and considers that the Public Health and Wellbeing Act has a very broad potential application and that health impacts of electromagnetic emissions could be within its scope where evidence arises of serious risks to health.

Stop Smart Meters Australia (SSMA) and members of the public have been raising this issue with the department for a number of years without success.  Following yet another reply to SSMA dated 23 May 2016 denying legislative responsibility, Janobai Smith, SSMA Advocacy and Policy Advisor, took the step of asking the Victorian Ombudsman to provide clarification regarding the responsibilities and advice provided to the public by DHHS – advice that stated the Victorian Public Health and Wellbeing Act DOES NOT apply to electromagnetic emissions and radio frequency aspects of smart meters.  How wrong they were!

The end result is a complete about-face by DHHS.  The department has confirmed to the Victorian Ombudsman that it has made amendments to the advice that it will now provide to the public.

The Ombudsman’s office acknowledges that the department initially provided information that was inaccurate and is satisfied that the department has since taken reasonable steps to correct the information about smart meters that it provides the public.

The Ombudsman’s office has also undertaken to raise with DHHS the issue of contacting members of the public who had received incorrect advice in order that its revised advice might be provided.  The Ombudsman, however, is not able to compel DHHS to do this.

…SSMA wonders, in light of this new-found responsibility, when DHHS might now actually admit that there is evidence of serious risk to public health and start taking steps to address the needs of people with electro-hypersensitivity?  And when also might SSMA’s request to implement a smart meter post-rollout health surveillance program as routinely occurs in other areas, such as for post-market pharmaceutical drug safety, be considered?  

For past posts on this issue, see:

Victoria’s Department of Health continues to play pass-the-parcel with our health

When Health Issues are not the responsibility of a Health Department – How Bizarre!

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New Instruments of Surveillance and Social Control: Wireless Technologies which Target the Neuronal Functioning of the Brain

The following extract is from a report written by Dr Kingsley Dennis, Research Associate in the Centre for Mobilities Research (CeMoRe), based at the Sociology Department at Lancaster University, England.

The advent of smart grids provides the potential framework for developing even more impact on the neuronal functioning of the human brain.

“The background to this narrative begins with the story of a true Pandora’s box — a U.S. project titled Project Pandora that was organized and administered by the psychology division of the psychiatry research section of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). This project was set–up to specifically research programs on the health effects of microwave exposure following the ‘Moscow Embassy’ incident. From 1953 to 1976, the Soviets directed microwave radiation at the U.S. embassy in Moscow from the roof of an adjacent building. Whilst this clandestine microwave targeting was allegedly known for some time by U.S. officials, the event was not made public until 1976 when the U.S. State Department finally accused the Soviet Union of bombarding the U.S. embassy in Moscow with microwave radiation for illicit purposes. It was initially reported as a harmless procedure for charging Soviet spy–bugs: ‘Soviet antennas, which are beaming the waves in both to charge up the batteries of their listening devices and to jam embassy–based U.S. electronic monitoring of Russian communications’ (Time, 1976a; 1976b). However, the State Department soon indicated that, in addition to interference mechanisms, the microwave radiation could have serious adverse effects on the health of the occupants of the embassy (O’Connor, 1993)……………

………..Part of this paper has been focused on the dangers of an increasingly wireless world. These dangers may include the potential for invasive technologies, based upon transmitted/received signals and wavelengths, to shift social order towards a psycho–civilized society. By psycho–civilised I mean a society that manages and controls social behaviour predominantly through non–obvious methods of psychological manipulations, yet at a level far beyond that of the ‘normalised’ social manipulations of propaganda and social institutions. What I refer to are the technologised methods of psychological interference and privacy intrusions in the manner of creating a docile and constrained society. And here this brings us back to the problematics involved in opening a Pandora’s box.

In this paper I have asked whether innovations in wireless and neuro–technologies are not in danger of shifting human behaviour towards a psycho–civilised society, where greater emphasis is placed upon forms of social control and pre–emptive strategies. What are the moral and ethical implications of using wireless scanning surveillance technologies for evaluating pre–emptive behaviour based on thoughts and intentions alone? Is this not a dangerous path towards psycho–terrorising the social public? As Thomas (1998) reminds us, the mind has no firewall, and is thus vulnerable to viruses, Trojan horses, and spam. It is also vulnerable to hackers, cyber–terrorists, and state surveillance. Whilst this may sound a little too far out, they are reasonable questions to ask if technologies are racing ahead of us in order to better get into our heads.

Becoming wireless also means becoming increasingly immersed within an information–saturated environment. From the evidence of present trends and developments it seems likely that a greater systemic interconnectedness and interdependence is being formed between human–object–environment facilitated through and by information flows. This may herald the coming of a ‘wonderful wireless world’, yet it may also signal unforeseen dangers in protection, privacy, and security of the human biological body within these new relationships. It is the suggestion of this paper that such issues and concerns need to become more public, visible, and open; the very opposite of these technologies.”

The full report can be found here: Global Research

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Is the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) a captured agency?

A captured agency is defined as a regulatory agency which, rather than serving the public interest, is largely under the influence of the industry or sector that it is charged with regulating.

The USA’s Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which is tasked with regulating communications in America, appears to have given up all pretence of safeguarding the interests of the public.  Josh del Sol, director and producer of the award-winning documentary, Take Back Your Power, which investigated so-called “smart” meters, has now turned his attention to this agency.

The FCC recently rubber-stamped the rollout of 5G mobile technology across America; this will result in the use of much higher frequency bands (24 to 100+ GHz) and a massive deployment of mini mobile phone towers.  FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, a former lobbyist for the wireless industry, stated in his earlier June press conference that “We won’t wait for the standards to be first developed… we will make ample spectrum available”.

Josh del Sol’s new YouTube video, Gestapo in the USA, contains explosive footage of the proceedings which led to the adoption of the new rules; a decision which will see planetary life blanketed with ultra-high microwave frequencies – that have never been tested as safe.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) states on its website that, “The ACMA is already working to identify ways that 5G technologies can be facilitated in Australia”.

Is this yet another example of a regulatory agency serving industry interests,  whilst bolstering government revenue through the sale of spectrum licences, at the expense of public health?

Watch Gestapo in the USA here.

If escalating wireless deployment is of concern to you, please raise this issue with your local Federal MP.  You can also write to:

Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield
Minister for Communications

Senator the Hon Fiona Nash
Minister for Regional Communications

SSMA submitted comment to the Department of Communications on the ACMA’s role in response to the 2015 Review of the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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Kansas City smart meter fires

While electricity companies continue their campaign of hastily covering up smart meter fires, the truth is getting out there via the media and concerned citizens.  Kansas City TV station, KSHB-TV, recently reported that several smart meters in the district have caught fire.

Full story from Take Back Your Power

This is on top of smart meter fires in California, Texas, Florida, Nevada, Illinois and across Canada.  The smart meter fires in Canada became so epidemic that over 100,000 smart meters were recalled in Saskatchewan two years ago.  Yet smart meters continue to be installed around the world.

Smart meter fires are not confined to particular brands of smart meters.  The cause of the fires is overheating of either the components of the smart meter or of the household wiring.  This is often due to the pulsed frequencies of the wireless meters.  Analogue electricity meters do not share this vulnerability.  See Brian Thiesen’s explanation of the cause of smart meter fires.

Australia has not been without its share of smart meter fires.  But with electricity distributors racing to the scene to remove the smart meter within a couple of days, evidence has to be gathered quickly.

Previous SSMA Australian smart meter fires posts

Can smart meters cause house fires?

Energy supplier denies blame for house fire – The Age

Northcote fire questions safety of smart meters – Emergency Services

Smart meter linked to house fire | Geelong

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