Hon. Minister Michael O’Brien, Victoria’s Minister for Energy and Resources, continually claims that smart meters are safe, that there is no risk with this wireless technology, that they are just as safe as mobile phones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi and baby monitors. Yet the Federal Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) states that wireless technology is so new that “it’s impossible to be completely sure there isn’t some risk” (Fact Sheet 14”).
In claiming that smart meters are completely safe, perhaps Minister O’Brien knows more than the scientists at ARPANSA, and perhaps he even knows more than medical doctors who have warned patients not to have a smart meter installed. We were unaware that Minister O’Brien has a science and medical background!
ARPANSA has recommended that children limit their exposure of electromagnetic emissions, advising, for example, baby monitors to be kept a metre away from cots and that “schools give priority to locating Wi-Fi points so they are not unnecessarily close to some children.” Yet the Victorian Government insists that smart meters, often attached to people’s bedroom walls, be installed at every home in Victoria, even aginst people’s will.
As opposed to mobile phones, Wi-Fi etc, smart meters can emit continual powerful bursts of radiation every few seconds 24 hours a day – and cannot be turned off. When will Minister O’Brien acknowledge that microwave radiation emitted from smart meters can be harmful to humans, especially children? Or is he more concerned with the mighty $ rather than people’s health?
At least other states in Australia offer smart meters on a voluntary basis. Why not Victoria?