Have your say about the future of distributed electricity – Standards Australia Sydney Forum

Standards Australia, Australia’s peak standards body, is developing a work plan to support the Future of Distributed Electricity.

To facilitate stakeholder feedback on this work Standards Australia released a discussion paper on 12 July.  See Stop Smart Meters Australia’s response here.

To-date, scant attention within this process has centred on the concerns of consumers. However, we, the consumers, are a major stakeholder!  SSMA has recommended that all standards pertaining to technology capable of emitting EMF must also address the potential for harm to humans, animals and plants.

Standards Australia is now hosting an open forum, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm in Sydney on Tuesday, 30 August to discuss outcomes of the discussion paper and confirm the next steps.  The forum is complimentary and places are limited.

All stakeholder groups are welcome to participate.  Participants will have the opportunity to join the discussion after the presentations.  Go here for details and to register Forum: Future of Distributed Electricity.

If you reside in or near Sydney, please attend this forum and have your say!!

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State-approved deception program – What is the QLD Government hiding?

Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply has euphemistically renamed ‘Smart Meters’ as ‘Digital Meters’ in its webpage on digital meters.  It is only the smaller print which reveals that these ‘digital’ meters also “feature remote communications for reading, and other services”.

The Department of Energy and Water Supply webpage states that “new national metering rules are expected to come into effect on 1 December 2017, making digital meters the standard meter for all customers. This means that whenever a new meter is installed, a digital meter will be the default option. However, in limited circumstances, customers in existing premises may opt-out of having a digital meter”.

See: Queensland Department of Energy and Water Supply

Referring to wireless smart meters as ‘digital meters’ is misleading.  Of course all communications-enabled smart meters are digital meters, but NOT ALL digital meters have a radiofrequency communications chipset on board, as will be occurring in Queensland.

Does the Queensland Government 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 Technical study reveals magnitude of Victorian smart meter transmissions for just how many times per day Queenslanders can expect to be blasted with radiation.

If not, why has the Queensland Government stooped to engaging in, what appears to be, deliberate deception?

 

 

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

Stop Smart Meters Australia has been advised by the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) that “radiofrequency matters are considered to be outside the scope of the Public Health and Wellbeing Act 2008, as the Commonwealth has specific legislation (the Radiocommunications Act 1992) with the ability to both make standards for health protection and ensure compliance with them”.

Huh??  Since when was a Health Department able to wash its hands of health issues?  And since when was a regulatory body such as the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has zilch expertise in health, deemed capable of implementing policy to address the needs of people with electro-hypersensitivity (EHS)?  Or carry out SSMA’s request to implement a smart meter post-rollout health surveillance program?

Once again, the inconvenient fact that many Australians have suffered, and continue to suffer, adverse health effects as a result of exposure to wireless smart meter emissions is being ignored by government. 

Instead DHHS states that “…where there are other specific laws that regulate activities then generally the threshold required to exercise powers under the Act is not reached because any risk to public health is already being appropriately managed”.  That’s cold comfort for the Victorians whose lives have been turned upside down as the result of the rollout of smart meters.

To read SSMA’s letters to the current government on this matter, along with DHHS’s responses, view the following links:

16 February 2015 letter to the Minister for Health

12 May 2015 response from Department of Health & Human Services 12 May 2015 response from Department of Health & Human Services

25 May 2015 letter to Department of Health & Human Services

23 May 2016 response from Department of Health & Human Services

Note that the response of 23 May stated that DHHS would be raising our concerns at the June meeting of the National Radiation Health Committee.  However, there is no mention in the minutes that this occurred.  A copy of the minutes can be viewed here: http://www.arpansa.gov.au/pubs/rhc/rhc_jun16.pdf

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The politics of wireless research in relation to health risks

There are a lot of powerful statements and comments that get straight to the heart of the issue of research and politics. Comments from Dr George Carlo in particular stand out, and we thought is worthwhile sharing them with you all because they give a clear indication of what the problem is in relation to the research that is presently being conducted to investigate potential implications wireless technology has on the health of the general public.

“There is a distinction between research aimed at cause and effect, and research aimed at surveillance, screening and intervention that is important but often overlooked.

Most of the public has been tricked by the industry and government agencies into believing that the answers to all of the question lie in more research on cause and effect. That is perhaps that biggest ruse of all. Cause/effect research done today, helps no one today, and it may not even help anyone tomorrow. In my view, what we need to help people exposed today is surveillance related research aimed at identifying high risk groups for intervention. It is simply too late in the game to rely only on basic cause/effect research to help public health.

Wireless technology contributes a pervasive exposure that now impacts billions of people around the globe. We have never, in history, had such a large ‘population at risk’ from any consumer related technology. But, the elephant sitting in the room, so to speak, is that this problem is ‘post-market’. The horse is already out of the barn. The exposures are already occurring every day. And, to make matters more complicated, the technologies evolve and change within every year – so the exposure characteristics are continually morphing. Therefore, causation research studies per se, no matter who funds them or who conducts them, are only marginally relevant to public health protection.

While scientists are arguing over parochial nuances – including funding sources, locations of tumors, whose research is better than whose – millions who could be helped with surveillance are not being helped.

The industry likes the concept of causation research because it delays the day of reckoning. Government agency officials like causation research because it allows bureaucrats to cover their behinds. The media likes causation research because it gives them something dramatic to talk about. But it doesn’t help anyone else.

A basic tenet of public health has always been to understand enough about a disease process to be able to prevent or control it. We are there with our mechanism-based understanding of the effects of EMR in all the known effect windows. So, if we are serious about protecting public health, we should be focusing our efforts on the development of tools to help identify early stage symptoms so that corrective interventions can be applied early enough to work.”

Dr George Carlo

Source: h.e.s.e project

Dr George Carlo, Ph.D, M.S., J.D is public health scientist and epidemiologist and is considered to be one of the world’s leading experts on Electromagnetic Radiation. From 1993-1999, Dr. Carlo headed a $28.5 millions project, funded by the telecommunications industry, to study cellphone’s health effects. He discovered that the risk of acoustic neuroma (a form of brain tumour) was 50 percent higher in long-term cellphone users, also that the amount of cellphone use and this tumor appeared to follow a dose-response curve. In recent years, Dr. Carlo has been alerting the public about the adverse health effects of mobile phones and wireless radiation. He is especially concerned about the promotion of wireless technology targeted at children and youth.  Click  here for more information.

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EMF Pollution, Wireless Devices and Alzheimer’s

This is an invitation to a free online Alzheimer’s & Dementia Summit.

In addition to an exclusive interview with Dr. Olle Johansson entitled “Wireless Technology – A threat to brain function”, Electromagnetic Frequency (EMF) pollution and wireless devices will be discussed within many of the 30+ other expert interviews.

This online event will get much-needed truth and remedies out to hundreds of thousands – perhaps millions.

Every 3 seconds someone gets diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or dementia, and a 2007 meta-study showed that being exposed to EMFs doubled the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Register for FREE now at the following link:
http://bit.ly/free-registration-summit

Own all of the expert talks to watch at your own pace:
http://bit.ly/own-all-talks-summit

 

 

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Wi-Fried backlash

Outraged citizens are protesting the ABC’s decision to retract the Catalyst ‘Wi-Fried?’ episode and scapegoating of the ‘Wi-Fried?’ presenter, Maryanne Demasi.  You can make your voice heard through several avenues:

ABC Catalyst website
http://www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/4494933.htm

Online Petitions
https://www.change.org/p/ms-michelle-guthrie-managing-director-abc-tv-stop-media-censorship-by-abc-unfair-attack-on-catalyst-and-producer-dr-maryanne-demasi

https://www.change.org/p/abc-catalyst-stop-abc-bias-reinstate-catalyst-reporter-and-programs-wi-fried-and-heart-of-the-matter

Letters/emails to the ABC, government officials and communications authorities
Here is one concerned citizen’s response to the various parties with authority over this censorship.

 

 

 

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Stop Media Censorship by ABC – Unfair Attack on Catalyst and Producer Dr. Maryanne Demasi

Two petitions have been set up on Change.org by members of the public concerned by the ABC’s unfair treatment of Dr Maryanne Demasi and the excellent Catalyst program ‘Wi-Fried?’.

If you value freedom of reporting on important issues, especially those relating to public health, please consider signing these petitions.

Petition one https://www.change.org/p/ms-michelle-guthrie-managing-director-abc-tv-stop-media-censorship-by-abc-unfair-attack-on-catalyst-and-producer-dr-maryanne-demasi

Petition two https://www.change.org/p/abc-catalyst-stop-abc-bias-reinstate-catalyst-reporter-and-programs-wi-fried-and-heart-of-the-matter

 

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