Are you aware of the extent of the financial fiasco concerning Victoria’s smart meter roll-out?
Victoria’s gargantuan smart meter roll-out, with costs to consumers of over 2.4 billion dollars and still counting, appears to have started life under a cloud. The Victorian Auditor-General’s 2009 Report on the roll-out cast scathing criticism on its benefit for Victorians, stating “The cost-benefit study behind the AMI decision was flawed and failed to offer a comprehensive view of the economic case for the project.”
Nothing much has changed since 2009. The costs to consumers continue to escalate. But the financial blow-out, which every Victorian is paying for, represents only the tip of the iceberg in terms of the impact which this ill-conceived roll-out is causing to Victorians.
I, like an increasing number of Victorians, have suffered debilitating health effects as a consequence of the pulsed microwave radiation deployed by wireless smart meters. I, like many other Victorians, have been shuffled from department to department, in an effort to find a single department which is prepared to acknowledge, let alone deal with what seems to be a very serious emerging health crisis. There appears to be a complete absence of accountability and responsible handling of this issue. I, like many others, would like to know who is liable financially and all inclusively for the loss of health, wages, quality of life and career prospects of people affected by EMF-RF radiation? No one in the scientific community, government agencies, medical organisations and other institutions could possibly ever know what a safe exposure level is for each individual. Yet the powers-that-be continue to throw around unsubstantiated claims about how smart meters are safe.
Victorian journalists also have a role to play. A litany of duplicity and financial ineptitude has been the hallmark of the roll-out. No journalist, as yet, has delved into the tragic culture of obfuscation that happens behind closed government department doors, in response to the many Victorians who have lodged impassioned pleas for relief from pulsating irradiation of their homes.
And so now, without further ado, I present to you all my next installment of “Taking a Stand” blog which covers the topic of reciprocal buck passing.
Over the last 2 years I have been writing letters and making the occasional phone call to Government Ministers, Health Department Officials, Scientists at the Victorian Radiation Health Advisory Committee, the CEO and Scientists of ARPANSA, Power Utility AMI spokespeople and CEO, senior staff members from the DPI, Medical Doctors, the CEO of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) and the CEO of ACMA to get someone to investigate my health issues that only developed in earnest when smart meters were rolled out in my street. I have been suffering constant headaches and at one stage (prior to moving to the back of the house) heart palpitations, lethargy, concentration and memory issues, etc. I am not the only one experiencing these effects and have been advised by the Stop Smart Meters Association (SSMA) that there are more than 140 other people who have registered health complaints that show the same or similar symptoms, which only occurred after smart meters were installed on their homes or their neighbours’ homes. Every week SSMA is contacted by new people registering their health problems and concerns.
What is clearly evident is that there is reciprocal buck passing occurring and nobody wants to handle this hot potato. Is it a case of too much money having been spent and nobody wants to have egg on their face by admitting there could be a problem? Of course making money appears to be a higher priority than dealing with people who are suffering, as my blog will demonstrate. This unconscionable behaviour is shameful and disturbing. Enough is enough! It is time our politicians showed leadership and some backbone to seriously deal with this public health concern.
In order to keep the size of this blog to a manageable size I have put my evidence which is quite sizable in a document that can be downloaded from here -> Buck Passing Evidence
It is amazing how many authoritative people I have been in contact with over this issue who think they are qualified to produce “factual” statements. So many “righteous” people who are supposed to serve the public but are not prepared to listen and help people who are suffering. Many of the responses from the various departments in the attached document are based on template answers that are void of intellectual and moral decency.
Many government departments and industry bodies suggest that a weight of evidence has not linked radiofrequencies below the thermal threshold with any health issues. We need a paradigm shift in scientific thinking that moves away from the current “weight of evidence” model used by a lot of international RF standards bodies and health departments because it relegates all evidence that is of a lesser weight to being unimportant and inconsequential. Scientists should be testing each and every research article (positive and negative) for quality, accuracy and repeatability, especially if a study is showing possible harm. Not one study showing possible effects should be ignored unless they can be unequivocally proven to be flawed. Even if there is only one study that shows an effect that is potentially harmful and meets stringent scientific acceptance criteria it must be taken seriously.
Everybody should have the right to live in an environment free from unnecessary pain and mental anguish that is being inflicted on us by these unnatural RF emissions that are delivered by smart meters and other non consensual wireless devices/transmitters. In this regard the Victorian government has been delinquent and willfully negligent in its handling of the smart meter roll-out by not conducting any post roll-out surveillance studies to confirm that wireless smart meters are safe and not causing health issues. Power utilities have also shown a wanton and callous disregard for those who are suffering by continuing to roll-out smart meters on and around the affected individual’s property. They assume that because RF emissions are purportedly lower than other wireless devices, smart meters must be safe.
The government and the power utilities continue to make fallacious and unfounded statements, knowing full well that there are people suffering and that ALL radiofrequencies have been classified by the IARC as a possible carcinogen. None of the departments contacted have yet to provide any proof of safety. If any one of them actually took the time to investigate the mounting scientific evidence of harm they would recognise that wireless RF exposure can result in increased risks and has been linked to leukaemia, reproductive issues, behavioural issues, autism, neurological effects, DNA changes, certain types of cancer, and changes in the blood-brain barrier. It is time that responsible and considered action be taken by all of the offending parties mentioned in this blog to avoid a future public health catastrophe. A post roll-out surveillance study investigating those who are claiming to be affected by smart meter emissions would be a good start as well as adopting the precautionary principle espoused in ACMA’s Industry Code which is not currently being followed.
I also sent this blog to a number of politicians, the chief health officer, news agencies, ACMA, APRANSA as well as other institutions. The covering letter can be found by clicking here -> Letter to Politicians and Chief Health Officer
I am the author of the following related blogs on the Stop Smart Meters website.
Taking a stand part 5 – https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2013/05/29/acma-making-money-at-the-expense-of-public-health/
Taking a stand part 4 – https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2013/05/17/arpansas-rf-standards-rock-solid-or-a-house-of-cards/
Taking a stand part 3 https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2013/04/25/taking-a-stand-part-3/
Taking a stand part 2 https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2013/04/08/taking-a-stand-part-2/
Taking a stand part 1 https://stopsmartmeters.com.au/2013/04/02/5314/