Federal Government announces $9 million splurge to ‘build public confidence’ in 5G safety

In an astonishing move, given that an Inquiry into 5G in Australia is currently underway, a joint media release from the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts and Senator the Hon Richard Colbeck, who has portfolio responsibility for the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), has proclaimed that the Morrison Government will be spending $9 million over four years to build public confidence in the safety of telecommunications networks – including new 5G mobile networks – and to address “misinformation” about electromagnetic energy (EME) emissions.

Does this largesse smack of a government in panic mode?  Certainly, its failure to observe due process, by pre-empting the findings of the inquiry into 5G, suggests that the inquiry is a sham.

The parliamentary webpage for the 5G inquiry reveals that over 400 submissions were received by the committee responsible for inquiring into the deployment, adoption and application of 5G in Australia.  The vast majority of these submissions have raised issues related to health.  An impressive body of credible scientific evidence supporting the need for a precautionary approach was referenced by submitters as well as many personal accounts of the harm that has already occurred due to exposure to EMF.

Despite this, to-date, the Committee has not heard from a single scientific witness who might substantiate the community’s insistence on an unbiased assessment of the current science.  Instead, with Through the Looking Glass logic, the Committee has chosen to reaffirm its belief in this “wonderful technology”, as the Chairman described it in its 6 December 2019 public hearing, by taking advice on health from organisations with vested interests, such as Telstra and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association.

For instance, in its 19 November 2019 public hearing, the Chair moved “that we accept the new ICNIRP radio frequency guidelines and their implications for 5G, which were so kindly announced by the WHO and provided to us by Telstra”.  Never mind that Telstra provided the Committee with a garbled – and highly biased – account of how safety standards are set by “national and international health agencies”.

As this paper, published in the International Journal of Oncology, makes abundantly clear, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), which ARPANSA chooses to take its direction from, is a private organisation based in Germany with strong ties to industry.  It is a closed group, and only allows new expert members to be elected by existing members.  Not surprisingly, ICNIRP has seen fit to ignore the vast body of scientific studies attesting to non-thermal biological effects. ICNIRP has also successfully penetrated the World Health Organization, via the WHO International EMF Project.

Facts such as these, however, are unlikely to come to the Chair’s notice, given his eagerness to accept industry spin.  At the Committee’s 6 December 2019 hearing, in response to an explanation about 5G from the Chief Executive of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Hansard records the Chair as saying, “Just so that everyone’s left in no doubt, I was really pleased that you said it was totally safe”.

In addition to taxpayers’ funds being allocated to EME “public education”, part of the $9 million kitty is to be provided to ARPANSA for “continued research on radio frequency safety”. 

SSMA hopes that this funding might allow ARPANSA to lift the bar; many of its previous research efforts have fallen woefully short of what the community expects from the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection.

For instance, its Technical Report Series No. 163, titled ARPANSA Preliminary Measurements of Radiofrequency Transmissions from a Mesh Radio Smart Meter, which was authored by ARPANSA staffers Don Wijayasinghe and Ken Karipidis, provided details on emissions from a single (!) mesh smart meter.  Given the characteristics of mesh network topology, this study-of-one gave rise to conclusions akin to those reached in the Blind Men and an Elephant parable.  By contrast, Total Radiation Solutions’ 2015  report, Quantifying Smart Meter RF EME Levels in Victorian Homes, which had included 32 mesh smart meters in its study, shines a light on the variance across meters (for instance, refer to pp. 21 and 80 of the report).

Analysis in ARPANSA’s Technical Report Series No. 164, Review of Radiofrequency Health Effects Research – Scientific Literature 2000-2012, which came to the convenient conclusion that ARPANSA’s 2002 standard continues to provide adequate protection, appeared similarly lacking in rigour.

A recent study that failed to find a link between the use of mobile phones and brain cancer, which lists ARPANSA’s Ken Karipidis as the lead author, is equally tainted.

A reply to SSMA from a spokesperson for the Hon Paul Fletcher MP, Minister for Communications, Cyber Safety and the Arts, dated 15 July 2019 informed SSMA that “the ACMA and ARPANSA are independent statutory agencies and are not influenced or controlled by the telecommunications industry”.  On the face of it, nothing could be further from the truth!  Instead, it would seem that our Government is so closely aligned with industry interests, similarly to the situation in the U.S., that it lacks the perspective to see that it is held captive by the very bodies that it seeks to regulate.

SSMA was also assured “that revenue maximisation is not an objective of the Radiocommunications Act 1992 (known as the ‘objects’ of the Act), and the ACMA does not seek to maximise revenues collected at auctions. Instead, as per the objects of the Act, the ACMA seeks to maximise the overall public benefit derived from using the radiofrequency spectrum”.

If this is the case, why has the deployment of 5G and the encouragement to drive more Australians towards wireless solutions not been subjected to rigorous cost-benefit analysis?  At a minimum, this should include an assessment of the increased burden to the community as a result of more people developing electro-hypersensitivity and escalating cases of cancer, including brain cancer, in addition to looking at factors such as the massive pressure on electricity supply that the uptake of 5G and the IoT is forecasted to create.

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22 Responses to Federal Government announces $9 million splurge to ‘build public confidence’ in 5G safety

  1. michelle georgiou says:

    The chair, David Gillespie, also my federal member, has Telstra shares, both himself and his wife. This can be looked up on the Parliament website. Doesn’t really matter how much they are worth, still a conflict of interest. I have made an official complaint but as per usual have not had a reply. As a matter of interest for the year before the inquiry he had numerous photo ops in local newspapers singing the praises of the telecommunications industry. Reckon he will have a job with them when he gets voted out. Oh wait, he already is working for them.

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  3. Anonymous says:

    For those interested, here is an EXCELLENT recent doco on 5G

  4. anonymous says:

    Yet more submissions were published yesterday on the parliamentary website.
    If the government has any moral fibre whatsoever, it would be paying close attention to what the people are saying about 5G.

  5. obfuscation nation says:

    Rick, I can see your post. And I agree with every one of you. So we know it… Now why the hell is the majority of the population so debauched by their instant gratification devices that they don’t see the silent weapons for quiet wars eugenics agenda going on.

    Oh wait, I answered my own question.

  6. Chris says:

    When the govt spends public money to promote and educate products for a corporation you know that there is something rotting in Denmark

  7. obfuscation nation says:

    Does anyone else have problems in downloading any documents from the parliament website? Lame site gives a 500 error on any attempts to download.

  8. old kodger says:

    Why don’t we just call it for what it is: – AGENDA 2030.

    • dana says:

      Totally agree. It’s not inconceivable that there are groups that want to control and reduce the population. Look at what Mark Steele has found in the street lights in Gateshead, UK – a powerful antenna which emitted sub-gig frequencies. There was a 450V capacitor connected to the antenna when all that is necessary for a light censor is a 10V capacitor (a capacitor stores charge and can release it in a millisecond). See video below where he shows you the inside of the light.These frequencies go through walls and these antennae were next to people’s bedrooms. This is the most important video of the moment. Definitely the video to share if you want to wake people up to the evil intentions behind wireless because usually they have a pretty good cover story but in this case there is no denying that it is there to cause harm.

      Share this before YouTube removes it!

      • TOM WHITNEY says:

        The functional aspect of a capacitor is measured in Farads (or milli & microFarads).
        The voltage rating is the breakdown protection limit for the component. A limit of 450V simply means much greater protection than you get from 10V rating.

        Clearly, both you and the narrator have insufficient technical knowledge to understand what this device is all about. Even so, you should be able to notice the very small size of the electrical components in this light fixture. The size alone indicates a very low powered device. It’s nothing to worry about!

        • Cathy says:

          With due respect, Tom, I think you’ve completely missed the point of the narrator. Just because a device is “small”, that doesn’t mean it’s okay to disguise technology and assault members of the public with EMF. This is potentially a criminal offense in Australia.

        • Andrew Samman says:

          Clearly Tom, you have no medical knowledge to understand what this device is all about. The size of the electrical cables indicates a very high pulse powered device. It’s something to worry about!

        • dana says:

          I don’t think this device is that small – we’re talking about the world of electronics here.
          As for Tom’s claim that the 450V marking on the capacitor refers to a high breakdown limit which corresponds to extra protection, the problem is he hasn’t explained why this device would need extra protection compared to your average light sensor which only requires a 10V capacitor. I really don’t think they change components on a whim in electronics. Sorry, not buying that argument. Remember Mark Steele has testified in court about these lights and nobody proved him wrong.
          Tom, please don’t give out misinformation. You are making these remarks in public and what you say can be checked and you can be held accountable. Collaborating with this agenda is just as bad as those who collaborated with the Nazis in the second world war as people’s lives are at stake here too.
          Here is another video where Mark Steele shows a real light sensor with a 10V capacitor about the 3:10 min mark. Remember there are 2 hazards to these lights: one is the antenna emitting sub-gig (<1 gig) frequencies and the other is that these particular LEDs are in risk group 2 and have no diffuser on them which all lights must have so they will burn your retina. The latter hazard is what he is talking about at the start of the video but at about the 3:10 min Mark starts talking about the capacitor connected to antenna and shows you a real light sensor. Just to be clear, he is not saying all LEDs are as dangerous as these but these ones are because they are in risk group 2, emit blue light and have no diffuser which breaches safety standards. Note that these lights have been designed so that some of the component boards plug in and can be quickly changed if they are caught out.

          • dana says:

            Have a look at what the Wikipedia page on capacitors says under the heading
            “Pulsed power and weapons”:
            “Groups of large, specially constructed, low-inductance high-voltage capacitors (capacitor banks) are used to supply huge pulses of current for many pulsed power applications. These include electromagnetic forming, Marx generators, pulsed lasers (especially TEA lasers), pulse forming networks, radar, fusion research, and particle accelerators”
            So there you go. High voltage capacitors are associated with pulsed weapons. This section specifically mentions the voltage of the capacitor as the feature which is needed for pulsed power weapons.

          • Tom Whitney says:

            Dana – If you really believe this guy’s delusional rant you need to get professional help.

  9. Rik Garth says:

    9 million dollars to lie?
    So they are going to push something so dangerous it kills animals and humans and its been untested so it could be a complete life changing technology and they are spending $9 million to convince its safe?
    I knew the government was treasonous but this is overdoing it. Wasting money trying to convince everyone its safe then in 5 years wonder why everyone has tumors and cancer and many other diseases.

    (Do any of my posts get published or am I wasting my time replying?
    I’ve come back here and never see any of my posts)

    • Cathy says:

      You’re so right. The government seems to have totally lost the plot.
      BTW, your comments come up for me. Assuming you submitted your previous comment as Rik G, it’s under the previous post. (To see them, you need to click on the post …also recent comments are shown on the RH side of the page, under Recent Comments.)

    • Rob Reik says:

      I see your post Rik, & you are spot on with what you say about it as well.- Kudos

  10. Michael Mazur says:

    Israel is not having 5G. They know. They want the goyim – literally human cattle, to fry.

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