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Govt plays down alleged 5G health effects in submission to inquiry Featured

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The Federal Government has moved to quell the fears expressed by Australians over the alleged health effects of 5G, with a submission from the Department of Communications and the Arts to a House of Representatives standing committee pointing out the safeguards taken to limit the amount of radio frequency that electromagnetic energy telecommunications facilities can emit.

Submissions to the inquiry in question, being conducted by the Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts, closed on 1 November. Out of a total of 354 which have been put online, hardly a handful go beyond listing what are claimed to be the harmful health effects of 5G.

The DCoA submission said there were a number of agencies involved in the regulation of EME emissions from telco equipment: "the Australian Radiation and Nuclear Protection Agency (ARPANSA) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) in the Health portfolio. Within the Communications portfolio, the Department sets the policy and legislative framework for deployment of telecommunications equipment, and ACMA regulates industry’s compliance with legislative requirements".

The submission said the RF standard which "limits the amount of radio frequency EME telecommunications facilities can emit" was based on "decades of Australian and international peer‐reviewed
research into EME and is set well below the level at which adverse health effects occur".

Telecommunications provider Vodafone Hutchison Australia briefly touched on the issue in its short submission, pointing out that Australia had some of the most comprehensive radio frequency safety and EME compliance requirements in the developed world.

Global 5G player Nokia made no reference to the issue of alleged 5G effects in its nine-page submission.

No submissions from the other two global 5G players, Huawei and Ericsson, have as yet been made public by the inquiry. Its first hearing will be held in Southport, Queensland, on 19 November.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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