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:
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