Smart meters not so smart for electricity bills – The Australia Institute

New research released by The Australia Institute shows that ‘time of use pricing’ facilitated by smart meters is likely to drive up household energy costs.

Electricity companies and regulators have pushed for higher electricity prices at peak times, as well as higher ‘shoulder’ periods. In theory, this incentivises households to move their energy consumption to times of the day when it is cheaper for companies to provide it.

Key findings:

  • An average household of four that cannot adapt its electricity consumption faces, under time of use charging, increased cost of $429 per year.
  • Even if the household can move 30% of its peak electricity consumption to shoulder usage it still faces an electricity bill of $231, or 10.2% higher than under the flat rate tariff.

“After adapting to a decade or more of very high price increases many households have exhausted their capacity to cut electricity consumption or change their time of electricity use,” says David Richardson, Senior Research Fellow at The Australia Institute.

“It’s clear what’s going on here – electricity companies are using the real problem of electricity demand peaks to push for higher consumer prices to increase their profits.”

The Australia Institute’s full media release and report can be accessed at:

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Stop 5G rallies gaining traction around Australia

Successful Australian Stop 5G Rallies



Photo by Rob Locke



Mullumbimby, NSW


Also see Prime 7 coverage: Community rallies against 5G network


Next Events:

SUNSHINE COAST Info & Action Event (2nd July):



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Petition | Stop the 5G Rollout in Australia

The following petition, started by Jessie Reimers, is to the Minister for Health, the Hon Greg Hunt MP:

“Most people think that 5G is just like 2G, 3G and 4G and that it will just mean we have faster internet.

Unfortunately, this could come at a great cost to public health and safety as 5G technology is very different to anything we’ve had in the past.

Why are we rolling this technology out without a single, independent test for biological safety on not only our own health but our children, animals, the environment ……..”

To read the complete petition, and to sign, go to:

Let’s help Jessie Reimers keep up the momentum on this petition.

Over 50,000 people have signed – it’s on track to soon reach the 75,000 mark!

Previous petitions against 5G in Australia that SSMA has featured include:
Ban the 5G network in Australia to the Minister for Health and
Please test 5G technology BEFORE it is rolled out, which was delivered earlier this year to the former Communications Minister.

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Australians set to rally against 5G technology

Australians are fighting back against 5G technology, with local community action groups scheduling a number of rallies and forums over the next fortnight to oppose the 5G roll out.

MELBOURNE (22/06):

PERTH (22/06):

BRISBANE (22/06):

HERVEY BAY (22/06):


SYDNEY (30/06):



For each area there will only be ONE opportunity to make an impact.  The rallies need as many people as possible to turn up. Ask your friends, family and work colleagues to come along.
Dress Code is a red T-shirt.
See below fliers/posters you can print to display and/or give out on the day, and a copy of a Melbourne-specific flier promoting the Melbourne event.
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The WHO cover-up on the truth about wireless radiation

Author, former World Health Organization (WHO) staffer and brain-tumour survivor, Olga Sheean, has launched a video on WHO’s cover-up of the truth about wireless radiation.

In early 2017, SSMA covered Sheean’s earlier call to WHO for action and accountability.  WHO did not reply.

Sheean once again points out in The WHO cover-up that is costing us the Earth the gross failings of WHO’s International EMF Project, a unit which instead of promoting the development of safe standards, is “deliberately hiding the truth, misinforming the public and devising utterly meaningless safety standards based on unfounded science”.  Little wonder, when one considers that it is “also receiving funds from – and is staffed by personnel who have worked for – the very industry from which it is meant to protect us”.

With the advent of 5G, the stakes have dramatically escalated.  Defying all logic, “WHO is actively facilitating the global deployment of 5G”.  Instead of tightening exposure limits, “WHO is collaborating with ICNIRP – the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection – to relax its already dangerously inadequate standards”.  ICNIRP is the body that the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) has chosen to blindly follow; the Australian standard for radiofrequencies is based on ICNIRP’s 1998 Guidelines.

Sheean implores all of us to stop supporting the industry that is harming us.  The planned launch of over 20,000 5G satellites in the coming two years “will be more than our bodies can handle”.  She points out that industry or governments have no motivation to change direction unless we reduce the demand for harmful wireless technologies.  Sheean states that “We must hold ourselves accountable for our choices and we must hold decision-makers responsible for their cover-up of the truth”.

You can view “The WHO cover-up that is costing us the Earth”, and access a full transcript of the video and references, at

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An Open Letter To ARPANSA In Response To Their Media Statement

Recently the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) – the Australian Government body responsible for the standards and guidelines regulating the rollout for 5G in Australia – published Misinformation about Australia’s 5G network.

(To publish such a statement, ARPANSA must be feeling the heat from community backlash and the growing volume of evidence delineating the negative biological and health effects of electromagnetic radiation.)

In response to the ARPANSA statement, an Open Letter to ARPANSA concludes with Professor Martin Pall’s summarisation that:

“With 100% consistency, ARPANSA avoids all of the strongest available science in this area.

With 100% consistency, ARPANSA has produced a stunningly biased document, whose positions are repeatedly and consistently contradicted by the strongest science and by large numbers of independent scientists.

With 100% consistency, ARPANSA has failed to protect the health and safety of the people of Australia.

With 100% consistency, ARPANSA has protected the economic interests of the telecommunications industry.”

A copy of the Open Letter refuting ARPANSA’s dubious claims can be found at: An Open Letter To ARPANSA In Response To Their Press Statement


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Petition | Ban the 5G network in Australia

Dear Minister please ensure that 5G technology is thoroughly and independently tested for potential long-term adverse health effects before it is rolled out in Australia. 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.

Why is this important?

Thorough and independent testing of 5G technology is crucial before this technology is rolled out in Australia. Current safety limits are insufficient. Apart from the genuine threat of it being carcinogenic, there are numerous health ailments suspected to be caused by exposure to radiation emitted by 5G transmitters. Health is more important than having a faster Internet.

There is currently an overwhelming amount of support to ban 5G due to similar concerns, not only from doctors and scientists, but in far greater numbers from people who have been injured by their mobile phones or by mobile phone towers, and from the general public. More than 350 environmental and health organisations and 13,000 individuals from all walks of life, from at least 96 countries, have just signed but one petition I know of out of which is amongst thousands of petitions that are currently running to stop 5G also. ( is where you will find these particular signatories.)

The 5G dilemma continues

Even though 5G network will provide a much faster connection than 4G, a section of health experts believes that the hazards which may be caused by the updated service are unknown, and sometimes it may turn potentially dangerous.

It should be noted that various research conducted on mobile phone radiations have fetched mixed results. Even though many studies have ruled out the possibility of health hazards due to mobile phone radiation exposure, some extensive studies have hinted that older wireless service generations may result in various types of cancers, heart disorders, and reproductive issues. However, the health hazards which may arise due to short radiations of 5G is hardly been studied.

5G connection makes use of millimetre waves (MMWs) to transmit data, rather than microwaves which are being used in previous generation networks.

Putting the entire globe at risk?

Dr Joel M. Moskowitz PhD ( ), a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley reveals that millimetre waves could pose serious health hazards among the general public. In an exclusive talk with Daily Mail Online, Joel Moskowitz revealed that the fifth generation cellular technology is experimenting on the health of all species on our planet.

“The deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species. Since skin contains capillaries and nerve endings, MMW bio-effects may be transmitted through molecular mechanisms by the skin or through the nervous system. 5G will use high-band frequencies, or millimetre waves, that may affect the eyes, the testes, the skin, the peripheral nervous system, and sweat glands,” told Moskowitz to Daily Mail Online.

The health expert also added that millimetre waves used in 5G networks will make many pathogens resistant to antibiotics.

Please support this petition if you care.

To view the full petition and sign, go to

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