Buderim (Sunshine Coast) Device Security Session, 22nd November

The Sunshine Coast Computer Club Inc. is hosting a community presentation on device security.

Find out how to secure and safely use all your devices, mobile phone, tablet and computer! Extensive colour printed notes will be provided.  Everyone in the community is welcome to attend.

A number of people in the local community have suffered greatly because they did not understand how to set up basic device security.  This has created severe stress and significant financial losses.

Rosemary, Stop Smart Meters Australia’s Queensland representative will be in attendance and will be giving a brief talk on smart meters at this meeting.

To secure your spot, email your registration to: buderimpresentation@sccc.org.au  (Please use the subject heading “Register” and provide your name. If you are a member of the club please use the subject heading “Member”.)

There is a $4 entrance fee to help cover hall hire, plus the afternoon tea that will be provided.

Time:                   1.30 pm to 3.30 pm

Date:                    Thursday, 22nd November 2018

Venue:                Goodlife Centre, 100 Buderim Pines Drive, Buderim.

Location Map: http://sccc.org.au/buderimmaroochydore-technology-education-centre

You will be notified that your registration has been received.

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SSMA Community Forum | Sunday, 18 November 2018

You are cordially invited to Stop Smart Meters Australia’s coming Community Forum in Preston (Melbourne).

Community Forum

3 pm – 5 pm

Sunday 18th November

West Preston Baptist Church Hall

108 Cramer Street, Preston

Google map


Keynote speaker: Mr Vic Leach (ORSAA)

Our keynote speaker, Mr Vic Leach, App. Physics (RMIT), MSc, (Melbourne University), worked as a radiation health physicist and atmospheric scientist for 40 years in both the private sector and in the public sector. He has held positions with the Australian Radiation Laboratory (which is now ARPANSA) as well as the Queensland and Northern Territory Health Departments. Vic was also the University Radiation Advisor at Queensland University of Technology and University of Queensland.

He is a founding member of the Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association (ORSAA), a not-for-profit organisation of scientists and professionals who are seeking to provide an independent perspective on electromagnetic radiation and human exposure.  This is something that is sorely needed!

Hear a local EHS sufferer’s unique story

The Victorian Government can help this 85-year old man with a very simple exemption (which is available to people living in other states!) but so far is refusing.


3.00 pm   ICNIRP/ARPANSA Guidelines Need Urgent Review presented by Mr Vic                                Leach

3.45 pm   Question time

4.00 pm   Local EHS sufferer’s battle with authorities

4.30 pm   Questions and discussion

5.00 pm   Close

Invite your family and friends

Entry by donation

State Election candidates have been invited to the forum

This event is mobile phone-free. (Please leave your phone in your car or turned off.)
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Science and Wireless 2018 | Wednesday, 28th November

The Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research is hosting this year’s Science and Wireless event at the Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong.

WHEN:    Wednesday 28th November, 4:00 – 8:00pm
WHERE:  Ocean & City Room, Level 2, IC Central, Building 230
                    Innovation Campus, University of Wollongong
                    Squires Way, North Wollongong NSW 2500

RSVP: If you would like to attend please register by Monday 12th November, by downloading the registration form and sending it back to acebr-info@uow.edu.au

This year’s event will include the introduction of the ‘New ACEBR Research Program’, as well as presentations on Electroma​gnetic Hypersensitivity and the new 5G telecommunications technology. The keynote address will focus on ‘RF EMF Exposure Assessment in Europe’ and will be given by Dr Peter Gajsek (Institute of Non-Ionizing Radiation, Slovenia). A panel discussion will follow to allow opportunity for questions and exchange.

​For a PDF of the program and more information on the event please visit ACEBR’s website. Note that attendance is free.

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Wireless Silent Spring | The Bulletin (Santa Clara County Medical Association)

“And it’s not just pigeons — have you seen any sparrows or parrots around, since these towers started springing up?”  K. Pazhaniappan, Secretary, New Madras Racing Pigeon Association

Wireless Radiofrequency Affects Navigation of Birds and Bees

It is well known that magnetite, a form of iron ore, is found in a wide variety of organisms. It has been shown that this substance is used to sense the earth’s low energy magnetic field as a directional reference. Magnetite acts as an internal compass. For over 50 years, scientists have known that migratory birds use the earth’s magnetic field to navigate. As it turns out, a diverse array of animal life also relies upon this geomagnetic field as their GPS for breeding, feeding, migration and survival.

Biologists have unexpectedly discovered that wireless radiofrequency radiation (RFR) disturbs internal magneto-receptors used for orientation. In addition, this non ionizing radiation can have profound impacts on the natural environment by disruption of other complex cellular and biologic processes in mammals, birds, fish, amphibians, insects, trees, plants, seeds and bacteria. Reported adverse effects from radiofrequency radiation that have been identified include abnormal behavior, developmental abnormalities, diminished reproduction and increased mortality. The effects of this radiation may not be immediately apparent with a slow decline in the health of wildlife seen over time with cumulative exposure, adding a new environmental toxin contributing to silent springs in cities, orchards and farms. The more towers, the more additive mix of radiation frequencies saturating the environment, creating an increasingly toxic air space. Non thermal biological effects are not considered in current guidelines. Appropriate safety testing and regulation of this technology is lacking, however, invention, commercialization and deployment of cell towers marches on – 1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G.

The Skrunda Radio Location Case

Firstenberg (2017) in his fascinating and well-referenced book, The Invisible Rainbow: A History of Electricity and Life, describes both observations and biological controlled experiments performed, mostly in Europe, where a high power early warning Radio Location Station tower was in place for over 25 years. Studies performed during and after the tower was removed demonstrated that it caused not only human symptoms including documented memory, attention and motor deficits in children but also affected widespread forest health with loss of birds, thinner growth rings on trees, poor seed germination, loss of duckweed, among other effects. When these towers were removed, not only did the health of the local residents improve, the forest recovered.

Bird Migration Disrupted More by Weak Magnetic Fields

Biologists have discovered that birds’ magnetic compass orientation appears more vulnerable to weak broadband electromagnetic fields. A German scientist, Svenja Engles (2014) lead the research project to confirm this effect. He and his German graduate students exposed migratory European robins to the background electromagnetic noise present in unscreened wooden huts at the University of Oldenburg city campus and found the birds were confused and could not orient using their magnetic compass. If grounded or screened with aluminium their orientation reappeared, but disappeared again if broadband radiofrequencies were generated inside the huts. He did not believe the effects at first and repeated the same double-blinded experiment many times in 7 years and with different graduate students to confirm the effect before publishing his results.

Cindy Russell, M.D.
To read the full article, go to pages 8-17,  SCCMA Bulletin (September/October 2018).

Colour PDF version of Wireless Silent Spring available here.
Monochrome PDF version of Wireless Silent Spring available here.

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Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health, Aged Care and Sport has commenced an Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness in Australia, following a referral from the Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport, the Hon Greg Hunt MP.

It has been estimated that approximately 7.4 million Australians do not get enough sleep. Inadequate sleep can impact on a person’s health and wellbeing, and may also lead to a loss of workforce productivity.  Deloitte Access Economics assessed the health system costs associated with inadequate sleep to be approximately $1.8 billion in 2016-17.

The Committee Chair stated that “the Committee will examine the causes, [the] economic and social costs, and treatment of inadequate sleep and sleep disorders, in addition to education and training available to medical professionals regarding sleep health issues, and current research into sleep health”.

SSMA suspects that the MPs on this committee, along with most medical professionals, are unaware of the impact that pulsed radiofrequency emissions are having on Australians’ sleep.

A PubMed-listed, peer-reviewed study entitled Self-reporting of Symptom Development from Exposure to Radiofrequency Fields of Wireless Smart Meters in Victoria, Australia: A Case Series found that the most common symptom as a result of exposure to the pulsed radiofrequency fields from smart meters was insomnia.  Forty eight percent of the people in the 92-case study reported insomnia, sleep disturbance, or sleep disruption.

If emissions from smart meters, or other radiofrequency devices, have adversely affected your sleep, here is your chance to tell the committee about the cause, impact and cost (economic and social) of inadequate sleep on your life.

Submissions from individuals and organisations are invited by Thursday, 18 October 2018.  The preferred method is by electronic format lodged online using a My Parliament account.

Further information about this inquiry, including the full terms of reference and details on how to lodge a submission, are available here.

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Heartless Minister D’Ambrosio refuses to help suffering retiree

Despite many requests, Victoria’s Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio refuses to permit the removal of the communicating chip from a smart meter causing irrefutable suffering and pain.

Richard Pearce from the Preston Leader writes:

“RESERVOIR retiree Sergio spends his nights in a cramped and freezing garage, surrounded by bird cages and old furniture.

Whenever he tries to sleep in his own bed he wakes up with pain, dizziness, and has difficulty talking.

Sergio said these problems started in 2013, shortly after a smart meter was installed at his home.

Testing determined the meter was within the current safety standard but Sergio and his wife Agatha believe he suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) which affects his pace maker.

Sergio sleeps in the garage because it’s the furthest point from the meter on the property.

“The first night we slept in (the garage) it was like a paradise for him,” Agatha said.

The controversial condition isn’t recognised by the World Health Organisation, but is an increasingly common complaint.

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency said there was no established evidence that smart meters caused health issues, but research was ongoing.

The most famous case of EHS was in 2013 when Dr David McDonald was awarded compensation after the CSIRO required him to work with electronic devices, giving him headaches and other health issues.

For two-and-a-half years, Sergio and his wife Agatha have been asking Jemena to temporarily remove the transmitter to see if Sergio’s health recovers without it.

Agatha said she offered to pay up to 12 months in advance and extra for any charges.

The company visited the house multiple times and initially put a mesh net on the wall with sticky tape and moved an aerial to the roof but Sergio’s health continued to decline.

Sergio and Agatha Casagrande in front of the mesh net. Picture: George Salpigtidis

Jemena spokesman Michael Pintabona said an ombudsman investigation found the company’s actions were reasonable.

The ombudsman also concluded under current law, a smart meter can’t be replaced with a manually read version.

Now Sergio is seeking an exemption to the law through Energy Minister Lily D’Ambrosio, who visited the property in February.

Agatha said she was sick of the couple’s calls for help being ignored.

“I’m angry 24 hours a day,” she said. “I’ll go stand on parliament steps until someone takes notice.”

Ms D’Ambrosio’s office did not respond to Leader’s requests for comment.”

Does Minister D’Ambrosio have a heart?? The Victorian Labor Government promotes itself as “Putting People First” – Such dishonesty!  

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Victorians beware: New push to install smart meters!

It has come to SSMA’s attention that Victorian power distributors are once again targeting residences that refused a smart meter during the 2009-2014 state-mandated rollout of advanced metering infrastructure (AMI).

Despite the Victorian government’s 2014 Order in Council stating, in the case of account holder refusal, that a distributor is not required to comply with the requirement that a remotely read interval meter must be installed until such time as “refusal is withdrawn or access to install a remotely read interval meter is otherwise available”, distributors continue in their attempts to sneak radiation-emitting infrastructure on to residences.

A ‘Notice of Meter Upgrade’ that was recently mailed to customers from United Energy states “We are advising you that a qualified meter technician will carry out the installation of the AMI meter at your property…”.  At least this customer was given some forewarning.  It has been reported that a customer in Powercor’s catchment area found her notice of refusal ripped off, and a smart meter installed.

AusNet Services customers can also expect to find their meters targeted – but for many of these customers it will be because the radiofrequency communications card in their WiMAX-networked smart meter has died.  According to information referred to by the Australian Energy Regulator in its 2016 to 2020 determination for AusNet Services, these modules only have a design life of seven years, and the manufacturer had advised that “chipsets and other components used in the WiMAX communications modules are no longer available to purchase”.  Consequently, AusNet Services has adopted “a reactive approach in which WiMAX hardware is replaced with mesh radio equivalents when a failure is observed”.  This strategy might provide those AusNet Services customers who had the misfortune to have a WiMAX smart meter installed on their residence, and who haven’t yet had their meter converted, a window of opportunity to make sure their meter remains a much safer, non-communicating meter!

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