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".
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.