Taking A Stand

Taking A Stand: My personal journey to holding those responsible for my health issues to account – Part 1

It is my intention over the next few weeks to post  to this site some letters that I have written over the past 12 months that will hopefully inform people clearly what the issues are, who has responsibility for choosing the technology for data transmission by smart meters as well as providing evidence that the State government, Victorian health department and the power companies are failing in their responsibilities, particularly with respect to their duty of care to the Victorian Public. It will also hopefully give people some hope that there are people in this community actively fighting this very serious breach to our democratic and human rights. I will be providing information that clearly shows the potential risks that lifetime exposures to microwaves have on our health and how our RF standard,  which is maintained by ARPANSA, is woefully out of date, does not consider latest scientific findings or provide adequate protection to all RF effects.  Some people may have seen my first letter that was published on this website in 2012 as a “letter of the week” which can be found here https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2012/06/28/letter-of-the-week-2/#comments. I had sent this letter to the former Energy Minister, Michael O’Brien, the DPI and Powercor.

For my first installment I have included a letter that I wrote recently (Sent January 2013) to Powercor’s CEO after receiving their response  to my original letter which basically ignored the epidemiological evidence I provided, indicated they could not provide any health assurances and tried to apportion blame to the Government as to why they have had to install smart meters with wireless. Not surprisingly I am yet to receive a reply to this latest letter.

A few things that stand out and are of interest to the public are the following points:

  1. Power companies had a choice as to which technology was chosen to convey power usage data back to the utility. The Government was neutral on this issue.
  2. Power companies could have opted for Power line communication using power line carrier (PLC) or  distribution line carrier (DLC)  communications technology for data transmission with appropriate high frequency filters (no wireless required). Of course what would have been even better is if power companies piggy backed onto the NBN Fibre optic cabling.
  3. Powercor has failed to give health assurances for the technology that they have chosen. The fact that people such as myself and many others are suffering due to the smart meter RF emissions puts them in breach of section 98 (a) of the Electricity Safety Act 1998 which requires power Utilities ”to design, construct , operate and maintain their networks to minimize as far as practicable hazards and risks to the safety of any person arising from the supply network. “
  4. Power companies are not providing clear and concise information as to how frequent smart meters are transmitting (not just household data which is only part of the smart meters RF duty cycle – when operating in a meshed network)
  5. Power companies are not accurately conveying the legality of the smart meter roll-out to the public – it is not so clear cut as they make it out to be.
  6. Power companies are using stealth and bullying tactics to install smart meters.

The letter I sent to Shane Breheny, CEO of Powercor, covers the above issues and more, can be found here Powercor Letter 31-12-12

My next installment will look at our RF Standards maintained by ARPANSA and regulated by the ACMA.

Happy reading,



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29 Responses to Taking A Stand

  1. Snowy says:

    It’s not a meter. It’s a microwave rf antenna that has no legal siting permit nor permission of the property owner.
    It’s illegal.

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  3. Eric says:

    The greatest love that a government has is for it’s sources of revenue. The government who should be regulating on our behalf is the same body that is selling the bandwidth for the telcos to use. No conflict of interest is there………NOT

    • Richard Leschen. says:

      The Telcos and PowerCor and CityPower Australia Ltd and Jemena and SP Aus Net and United Energy Distribution are not in the least concerned about their Customers Health or Well-Being. They never have been. Their Collective concern and this present Corrupt Liberal Party Government of Victoria as well as the then proven to be CORRUPT Labour Victorian Government under Mr John Brumby was just as corrupt in taking no notice of Victorians not wanting these now proving to be Type 2B Carcinogen Causing Dangerous Electric Microwave so-called Smart Meters, which are now proving to be an ongoing Health Hazard to All Life……..Human Animal Insect and Plant Life.

      That is correct, in Victorian Australia and in Holland and in many countries of the world the Microwave Radiation is also adversely affecting trees where the Microwave Sending and Receiving Towers are broadcasting their Evil and Filthy Rays like a Giant Scourge or Microwave Smog. All of the Telcos and the above foreign owned Electric Power Company C.E.O’s both Australia and World-wide need to be sued massively for this ongoing sickness of Tinnitis or ringing in the ears, and or feelings of nausia and or heart palpitations and or Heart Arythmia and or bleeding noses to now so many people affected after the passive Electric Analogue Meters had been and still are being stolen from Electricity customers in Victoria and World-wide. It is NOT THE LAW that one is duty bound to surrender one’s Safe and Passive Analogue Meter for a DEADLY DOPEY so-called Smart Meter, for there is nothing SMART about a smart meter. These smart meters are now being proven to be most damaging to peoples’ health and their private electrical goods as well.

      Here in Victoria there have been many electrical fires in peoples’ Electric Meter Boxes only after the Safe and Passive Analogue Meters have been stolen or coerced or taken away by bullying so many Victorians. It is only after these dopey deadly so-called Smart Meters have been enforced on Victorians that so many fires have broken out in these customers’ Electric Meter Boxes. Please look up the World Charter of Human Rights 1948 drawn up in England and passed in both house of Parliament in London and the Hague in Holland, as well. Pleases examine your own Victorian Charter of Human Rights 2006 to see that as a free and Democratic Country you here in Victoria Australia as well as so many other Countries of the World are a Democracy and a FREE PEOPLE who cannot LEGALLY be FORCED to take any goods or services against your Will and Better Judgement from any Government Body Agency or Semi Government or Private Body or Corporation at any time.

  4. Eric says:

    Of similar concern, mobile masts now litter our suburban landscape. They are literally hundreds of meters apart. Private landowners are throwing their consciences out the door and accepting “rent money” so that telcos can situate mobile towers on their land……right smack in the middle of school precincts, shopping precincts, residential areas etc. And you watch how confrontational these leeches can become when they see people like me on the street (ie. a public space) taking emission measurements from their tower (read Revenue Source). Innocent people who are based in the firing line of those towers/masts are subject to continuous passive exposures to the microwaves that are well above the normal background levels. Masts are being camoflaged to blend into shopping centre signs (Milleara Mall Avondale Heights) and also being camoflaged to appear as crucifixes in cemetaries (Fawkner). I have measured the EMR emissions on the school grounds at Niddrie Primary School across the road from a mobile base station. Young children are being passively exposed on a continuous basis to emissions that regularly hit 13 mW/m2 of EMR. There is a proposal at present to upgrade the antennas and replace the transmitters and have had it confirmed that this is going to increase both the transmission power outputs and the coverage range.

    • Richard Leschen. says:

      Spot on Eric,
      All of these people responsible for this now ongoing and increasing level of Microwave Radiation should be STOPPED from adding to the number of Microwave Broadcasting and Receiving Towers now dotting Victoria’s Suburbs and Schools and hiding their Deadly Dopey Microwave Towers in Crucifixes etc. Every one of these Microwave Towers in Victoria and of course World-Wide should and must be removed as each one adds to the Microwave Polluting now Endemic or is it Pandemic now steadily poisoning all of Life with Microwave Poisoning being added to every day.

      I SAY Rip down every Dopey Microwave Tower should be the Battle Cry right now and replace said microwave towers with Fibre Optic Cable !. In addition to this do as I and many have done and keep doing, simply Lock your private Electric Analogue Meters with an Industrial Padlock in your Private Electric Meter Box, after all you the Victorian Home Owner and Small Business own the Electric Meter Box and not these LYING THIEVING and CONNIVING C.E.O’s and their weak willed gutless and equally CORRUPT MINIONS.

      • Eric says:

        Think about this.

        After having spent years of effort to make our microwave ovens safe so that they don’t leak, we have now gone and placed tall massive microwave blowers on every street corner.

        • People Power says:

          No Eric – “we” did nothing of the sort, it was those insidious & corrupt corporations out for the almighty dollar that foisted this ridiculous, dangerous cancer onto our already sick society… and there will be more to come if they are not stopped. Pulling down their horrible towers would be a step in the right direction. It should be done with absolutely no regard for their rights, for they have not regarded ours.

  5. Linda Reid says:

    Thanks Steve, Thankyou for giving us so much easy to read info, and especially about mesh networks, thankfully I live in SP ausnets area but still feel I live under a canopy of radioactive waves, as all my neighbours have smartmeters. I am with you, even though I am pretty silent I have given up speaking about them as I don’t want to be seen as a 2 headed monster. so many people just don’t care and don’t even have the naunce to have a silent protest, they just eat what the govt and or people in authority tell them. Who owns our govt anyway, at the rate they are selling off our infrastructure and resources it is really hard for anyone to be herd and to receive a result that will last. LInda

    • Sharron says:

      Linda, those people who don’t seem to care – they will one day , when their children are ill, or themselves. Living in denial only works for a short time, for the weak-willed among us. As for me, prevention means a lot and I have to live with myself. What sort of a mother would I be, if I did not care whether there is a healthy future for my children? We must all stand for what we believe in, that is our higher ground – Stand Proud Against SM Takeover, Victoria!

  6. TheBThing says:


  7. Anxious Victorian says:


    What a fantastic letter. Everything about your circumstances mirrors my life since these smart meter’s were rolled out. My two front rooms in my house cannot be used by me any more as the neighbors meter which sits attached to my wall affects me in two of my rooms. My kids sleep in one of them and because i feel the effects of the smart meter I have moved them upstairs to sleep until i can hopefully fix this issue. I too have been dealing with City Power who have been no help. They right now have all the power and they know it. But in years to come when there is an increase in cancers and a link with smart meter’s they will become another James Hardy. I worry for all the children who are being exposed to RF’s from these meter’s constantly in their home. What also concerns me is eventually the water companies and gas companies are looking at introducing this technology.

    Keep up the good work Steve. If you manage to get through to these thick heads and they help you in some way please let us know.



  8. Toni says:

    Thankyou, your letter is brilliant. Also of great concern is the mandated exposure to microwave radiation by children in our schools, where WiFi has been installed enmasse without any public consultation or consent.

  9. keith says:

    Wonderful work Steve; collectively we must keep the heat on the Government and the power companies.

  10. Anne says:

    Thank you Steve. Please keep the information coming. It’s clear and concise. Very helpful.

  11. anne says:

    Steve, Thank you for your brilliant informative letter, it just covers so much, well done,

  12. Anonymous says:

    Thanks Steve, for a really well written blog that throws light on issues of significant importance for the Victorian public at large. In terms of ‘responsibility’, how is it acceptable that our State Government, who is now well informed about the predicament of people like Steve and many, many others, refuses to further investigate the health effects of wireless smart meters and carries on intentionally ignoring the suffering of so many of its own people? How is it admissible that there is NO post-roll-out surveillance study in place? The post-marketing surveillance that is obligatory when medicines are marketed to the public lasts for years, even decades. Drugs are sometimes removed from the market many years after it had been decided that they were safe enough for public release, because our understanding of their effects changes continuously and because every report of any possible side effects gets investigated and followed up and studied.
    WHY is this NOT happening for the roll-out of wireless smart meters in Victoria, when, unlike medications, the meters are ‘mandated’ and the health of so many MORE people is at stake!?

    • Sharron says:

      Yes, and how frustrating to think the damage is occurring and may have already been done in many cases. What now for these people? Just wait until those in government decide to follow it up, which as we know could take many years. We need Action to be taken NOW!!

    • Richard Leschen. says:

      Dear Anonymous,
      A Mandate is only an ORDER, but an ORDER is not necessarily Legal or binding. It is actually UNLAWFUL to bully, and or Intimidate and or Coerce a customer of customers to accept any goods or services, in this case the Deadly Dangerous so-called Smart Meters because the ” Victorian Government Minister for Power as was the past Minister Mr Michaeal O’Brien said that the Victorian Government had Mandated that Victorian Home owners and or Small Business had been told that the then incumbent Minister for Power said along with the Head of the Department of Primary Industry and all of the C.E.O’s of these foreign owned Electric Power Companies based here in Victoria said ” One HAD TO ACCEPT a Microwave Smart Meter.”
      Please do not fall for these outright Lying Nazi Bullying Tactics.
      Rember that we here in Victoria Australia and all states of Australia and the Free World such as England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and America and many other countries are protected against Intimidation by the World Charter of Human Rights 1948, drawn up and passed in Londong England and also in Holland in the Hague. This Charter of Human Rights together with the ” Victorian Charter of Human Rights 2006 Legally protects you from being forced to accept a Dopey and now proving to be DEADLY DANGEROUS to your HEALTH Microwave so-called Smart Meter which has been proven now to be a Type 2B Carcinogen Causing Machine along with Microwave Sending and receiveing Towers here in Victorian and World-Wide.

      I lived through the Second World War in London and the terrible London bombings. Do not give into these cowardly LYING FIENDS, for that is what they all are. Simply use a strong Industrial Padlock and lock up your Electric Power Box against these great DECEIVERS OF THE TRUTH as I and now thousands of us have already done and errected our LEGAL ANTI-TRESSPASS SIGNS of our Australian Constitution Act 1900-1901 and still effective today and onwards !

  13. Jo-Ann says:

    See: http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2013/04/02/autism-rates.aspx?e_cid=20130402_DNL_art_2&utm_source=dnl&utm_medium=email&
    The above article discusses autism in children today. Consider that about 15 years ago, 1 in 10,000 kids had autism. Ten years ago it was 1 in 1,000, then 1 in 150, 1 in 88 and now 1 in 50.
    “Electromagnetic fields: Work by Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt suggests there are distinct correlations between a woman’s exposure to electromagnetic fields during pregnancy and her child’s neurological functioning. He found that if you sleep in strong electromagnetic fields during pregnancy, your child will likely begin to exhibit neurological abnormalities within the first two years of life, such as neurological dysfunction, hyperactivity, and learning disorders.
    In 2007, this theory received additional support from a study published in the Journal of the Australasian College of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. It presented the theory that electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from cell phones, cell towers, Wi-Fi devices and other similar wireless technologies may work in conjunction with genetic and environmental factors, becoming an accelerating factor in autism.
    After more than five years of research on children with autism they found that EMR negatively affects cell membranes, encouraging heavy metal toxins, which are associated with autism, to build up.”

    • michael says:

      Good points. Also unnerving is the information from Microwave Scientist Dr Barrie Trower (see his vids on youtube) where he states that the maturation processes for the fundamental building of the neuronal circuitry of the body (myelin sheathing of nerve pathways etc), takes until adulthood (~circa 18 years of age) to develop.

  14. Pam says:

    Steve – Thank you again. I read your letter to Power Cor. Wonder where they filed this???? TOO HARD BASKET I BET!!!!. They need not even bother coming anywhere near me the morons. I have Registered on the SSMA Health Register. Box Locked, Signs everywhere. Look forward to the next Chapter. Cheers Pam 🙂

  15. joeM says:

    I’m almost speechless. I’m grateful for YOUR energy in articulating to the community what has and is happening to you ! I’m with you!

  16. michael says:

    Steve, what you are saying makes good sense to me. Is anybody collecting a database of smart meter induced ElectroHypersensitivity (EHS) affected individuals for the purpose of a class action lawsuit against the infringing power companies and Victorian State Government? Since they are proving to be such obstinate recalcitrant uncaring mofo’s (pardon French), this seems like the first step to getting them to pay attention to the harm that they are doing.

  17. Paul says:

    Thanks Steve for all your hard work and tenacity. We are all with you whether you hear from us or not. You and those who take up the pen will bring down those who have taken up the sword. Their stealth and bullying exposes their lack of ink.

  18. Kev says:

    The fact is there is documented proof as to the effects of RF on the human body from the cold war where the KGB used RF aimed at the CIA with nasty health effects. There was a documentary about it. The fact is that when independent studies are done it proves big problems, when studies are done that are funded by industry they seem to prove the opposite- very conveniently. And the way the power companies are acting- using bullying and other ILLEGAL tactics and getting away with it. At present we don’t have a smart meter but a locked meter box and good signage-they would not want to try their tactics on me- that would be a Big mistake. Kev

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