A 5G Moratorium

A moratorium is the “stopping of an activity until an agreed time or pre-condition is met”. We seek a moratorium on the 5G rollout throughout Australia until the technology can be proven safe.  We call on Lawmakers, Policymakers, Safety Officials in relevant departments, Schools, Workplaces and Councils, as well as Health Professionals to invoke the Precautionary Principle and protect the health of the community by contesting the deployment of 5G. The demand for faster 5G capabilities for the use of artificial intelligence, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT) is industry driven and is not in the best interest of the public.

 

What is 5G?

1G

Voice (1980)

2G

Text (1990)

3G

Internet
(2003)

4G

Data (2009)

5G

IoT (2020)

5G represents the 5th generation of wireless technological infrastructure.  5G promises the evolution of SMART city infrastructure, the Internet of Things (IoT), faster download speeds and unlimited access to the internet. Unlike 3G or 4G, 5G will require vastly more wireless attennas, drones, and even staellites! 

5G is predicted to be a risk to public and evironmental health due to the extraordinarily higher frequencies, higher voltages, and more pulsing of EM Radiation signals than that we are currently exposed to. 5G will also require multiple antenna elements ‘small cell installations’ acting together to produce increased public saturation, which will in turn have a much greater health impact.

Faster Download Speeds

5G will have bigger and better data capabilities and faster download speeds by utilising the largely untapped bandwidth of the millimeter wave (MMW), which is between 30GHz and 300GHz, as well as some lower and mid-range frequencies.

Smart City Infrastructure

A smart city is a city that uses information and communication technologies (ICTs) and other wireless infrastructure to implement the use of autonomous vehicles, drones and high speed network communications. 

Internet of Things IoT

5G and IoT intends to connect our homes, schools, workplaces, cities, parks, open spaces and over a trillion objects around the world to the internet. Cars that drive themselves, washing machines that order their own washing powder… 

Cyber Security & Facial Recognition

One of the latest 5G projects combines the new mobile network technology with facial recognition and vending machines — 5G: greater secruity? or the end of privacy as we know it?

More Wireless Antennas

To ensure maximum public saturation tellecommunications industries are rolling out numerous different radiation transmission devices.. expect to see more 5G cell towers, 5G ‘small cell’ installations on streetlights and stobiepoles, they’re even releasing 5G satellites and 5G drones! 

Higher Frequencies, Power Voltages & Millimeter Waves

5G uses significantly higher frequencies, consumes three times more power than 4G and utilises high risk millimeter waves that have not been tested for long term biological safety.

What Do The Experts Say?

 

These 5G “small cell’ antennas will result in continuous exposure to everyone living nearby and everyone walking down the street. The increased exposures will increase the risk of cancer and other diseases such as electro-hypersensitivity.

Dr. David Carpenter- former Dean of the School of Public Health and the University of Albany.

Australia has not properly studied the health effects of wireless radiation and the work done by ARPANSA is flawed and lacking medical expertise. Under these circumstances, it would be a serious offence on the unsuspecting millions of Australians to subject them to even higher levels of RF radiation with 5G deployment which has the capacity to cause further harm.

Dr. Priyanka (Pri) Bandara
Advisory Board Member, Environmental Health Trust, USA 
Executive Member, Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association

The deployment of 5G, or fifth generation cellular technology, constitutes a massive experiment on the health of all species… Because MMWs are weaker than microwaves, they are predominantly absorbed by the skin, meaning their distribution is quite focused there. Since skin contains capillaries and nerve endings, MMW bio-effects may be transmitted through molecular mechanisms by the skin or through the nervous system.

Dr. Joel Moskowitz – public health professor at the University of California

Why Say NO To 5G? 

The Health Effects

5G uses Radio Frequency (RF) radiation which is part of the of electromagnetic (EMR) spectrum. RF-EMR exposure has been linked time and time again to a myriad of health problems such as neuropyschiatric disturbances, apoptosis & cell death, brain tumors in field limits below exposure limits for humans (Lerchl et al, 2015) blood-brain barrier permeability (Eberhardt et al, 2008); cardiac effects (Szmigielski et al, 1998; Huber et al, 2003) cognitive changes & impaired functioning in children (Preece et al, 2005;  Thomas et al, 2010); DNA damage (Campsis et al, 2010;  Dasdag et al, 2015; Gandhi et al, 2014; Focke et al, 2010; Icancsits et al, 2005) endocrine disruption (Reyes-Guerrero et al, 2010); memory, learning & behavioural problems  (Meo 2019)​; infertility (De Iuliis et al, 2009) and genotoxicity (Gandhi, Kaur & Nisar, 2015).

The Environmental Effects

5G utilises Radio Frequency (RF) radiation, a  man made, continuous, pulsed and modulated signal based frequency, which releases singificant levels of millimetre length microwave emissions into the atmosphere and our natural environment. RF/EMR disrupts reproduction cycles, growth and development of flora and fauna, orientation and migration of birds and pollinators (bees), affects DNA in animals, and causes apoptosis (early cell death) in plants. 

Experimental literature has found that rhizomes, nitrification and other critical processes to plant growth and health are affected by cell phone like radiation under controlled conditions. There have been over one hundred studies that have shown this and most recently a field study that showed under controlled conditions, trees that are close to cell towers die more readily.

The Birds, Bees & Insects

“A review of the ecological effects of RF-EMF​” 2013 review of 113 published studies found in 65% of the studies (50% of the animal studies and about 75% of the plant studies) RF-EMF had a significant effect on birds, insects, other vertebrates, other organisms and plants  (Cucurachi 2013).

Studies on bees have found behavioural effects (Goldsworthy 2009,; Sainudeen 2011;Kumar 2010), decreasing egg-laying rate (Favre 2011)​, disrupted navigation(Sharma and, Kimmel et al. 2007, Kumar, 2010) and reduced colony strength after RF exposures (​Sharma and Kumar, 2010​,​ Harst et al. 20061).

Exposure of Insects to Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Fields from 2 to 120GHz​” published in Scientific Reports is the first study to investigate how insects (including the Western honeybee) absorb the higher frequencies (2 GHz to 120 GHz) to be used in the 5G rollout. The scientific simulations showed increases in absorbed power between 3% to 370% when the insects were exposed to the frequencies.

Studies clearly show enormous ecological risks to nature, the environment, and ultimately our own food supply. 

No Safety Testing

Although there is a plethora of scientific evidence demonstrating the health effects associated with the frequencies that will be used in the first phase of the 5G deployment, there has been very little research into the health effects associated with the millimetre waves that industry wishes to utilise for the second phase of the 5G rollout (6 to 86 GHz). Although the effects of second phase frequencies are not known, studies have shown that:

  1. 5G millimetre waves harm skin, the largest organ of the body, and has the potential to cause permanent tissue damage (Neufeld & Kuster, 2018).
  2. Effects on eyes (including cataracts), heart rate, immune system and DNA have been shown.
  3. Millimetre waves can also affect important components of skin such as nerves, immune cells, blood vessels causing systemic effects involving internal organs. It has been found that sweat ducts of skin act as helical antennae for millimetre waves.
  4. Due to the pulses from 5G phased arrays, the moving charges within the body become tiny antennas. They then reradiate waves called ‘Brillouin Precursors’ deeper into the body (Albanese, Blaschak, Medina, & Penn, 1994), which become dangerous with rapid changes in power or phase of the waves (Xiao & Oughstun, 1999) as will occur with 5G.

Harm To The Atmosphere

“Together, the earth, the ionosphere and the lower atmosphere form a global electric circuit that controls the biological rhythms of humans, birds and animals. These rhythms are essential for life, affecting blood pressure, the sleep-wake cycle, reproductive, cardiac, and neurological systems. To enable 5G, tens of thousands of satellites will be placed in both the ionosphere and magnetosphere, sending signals at millions of watts. When these powerful man-made signals are imposed on the natural background EMFs they are likely to alter the electromagnetic environment significantly, and may be very damaging to all life on earth (Firstenberg, 2018). In addition, the engineering literature is clear that the high frequency waves proposed for stage 2 of 5G communications will create quantum level changes in the rotational energy of water (at 22.3Ghz, 33GHz, 323 GHz) and oxygen molecules (at 60 GHz). Given these molecules are the basis of life, the effects of altering the fundamental characteristics of water and oxygen are likely to be inimical to life on earth. ” (ORSAA- 5G Submission 311)

Unsustainable

More wireless emitters, higher voltage levels and and great frequency strength means that the expected energy requirements of the 5G network are estimated to be 3 times greater than that of 4G. “The Centre for Energy Efficient Communications White Paper (2015) points out that wireless systems use 15 to 23 times more energy than wired systems, and that up to 90% of this energy is used by wireless network technologies. A recent online report which surveyed more than 100 telecommunications decision makers (Vertiv, 2019) found that 5G technology will likely increase total network energy consumption by 150 to 170 per cent by 2026. … 5G is going to be significantly more energy-intensive than previous generations of wireless connectivity .. extra efficiency measures will need to be taken to ensure a worthwhile investment… (see Maisch (2019) for a full summary of this report). With humankind facing a global warming and global energy crisis, the move to expand energy consumption for more unnecessary technology is both reckless and irresponsible. ” – ORSAA, 5G Sumission 311 

What You Need To Know

The Emissions

Cell phone towers and small cell installation emit microwave radio-frequency radiation and large electro-magnetic fields.

Amongst other precautionary measures recommended as a result of the Australian Senate Inquiry (2001) into electromagnetic radiation, it was recommended that the exposure level of 200 microwatts per square centimeter be adopted in Australia to ensure the safety of the public. This was not approved and subsequently, since that time Australians have continued to endure higher exposure levels (currently this is 1000 microwatts per square centimeter) when compared to other countries that have significantly lower exposure limits.

 

The Low-Impact Determination Act

As, as long as telecommunication antennae and associated infrastructure comply with the Iow impact Determination act – that is, the new antennae are placed on existing poles, towers or buildings and are not within a World Heritage Site or an area identified to be of significance to Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders, the installations CANNOT be contested by local Councils, who consider their hands tied.

No approval from State Government or a local council is required for installing Iow impact facilities defined as such in the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination 2018, unless they are being installed on State Government or local council owned infrastructure.

As these low impact facilities are covered by the Federal legislation, no State Legislation is applicable. A local council therefore has no ability to prevent the installation of these Iow impact facilities unless they are to be installed on facilities within an environmentally significant area such as a World Heritage Site or an area identified to be of significance to Aboriginal persons or Torres Strait Islanders.

The Determination identifies that Iow impact facilities can be installed on existing structures such as buildings, poles or towers, whether they are on public or private land. However, where the pole, tower or building is privately owned, then a separate agreement (e.g. Iease agreement) has to be entered into with the private owner of the aforementioned infrastructure before they can be installed. This “Lease” agreement, which allows Telcos to negotiate directly with income starved Landowners, sets a VERY Dangerous Precedent. Not only does it BREACH an EXISTING Council/Community responsibility regarding the HEALTH of its constituents it temps INCOME STARVED landowners to install all kinds of dangerous antenna in their land without warning of the potential health risks.

The “Grounds for Objection” are often limited to Visual Amenity alone; there is failure to even MENTION the Public Health Act (sec 37.) and the health effects these technologies will have on the community. The Telecommunications Act further limits communities and local Council’s to only consider the effect of these installation on the land. Policy SHOULD ALSO BE OBLIGED to refer to AND be accountable to PUBLIC HEALTH Regulations.

 

Local Authorities & Regulators

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) are the Australian Government’s primary authority on radiation protection and nuclear safety. They claim to “protect the Australian people and the environment from the harmful effects of radiation through understanding risks, best practice regulation, research, policy, services, partnerships and engaging with the community.”

YET the safety standards that ARPANSA wishes to maintain are severely outdated and fail to reflect the growing body of scientific evidence demonstrating harm. Set in 2002, the Australian safety standard does not adequately protect the public from cumulative exposure and the levels of radiation that have increased exponentially over the last two decades.

The Australian ARPANSA standard is based on the outdated ICNIRP International EMF human exposure Guideline (1998), which was only ever based on short term and immediate health effects from thermal health effects (heating of tissue). People have more daily exposure than 5-10 years ago.

In July 2018 – ICNIRP commenced a review of its guidelines. The outcomes have not been published yet. In October 2018, the TU held the IMT-2020 (5G) workshop regarding the assessments of human exposure to the radiofrequency electromagnetic field and the review of the ICNIRP guideline was discussed.

The workshop notes stated that:  It was noted that adoption of lower EMF exposure limits is likely to stifle innovation and deployment of networks and may impact on proven social, security and economic benefits that the technology provides to the community.”

Based on the above statement, a realistic public safety standard would have a major impact on economic benefits for higher processing capacity. If public safety is not the primary consideration, and if economic benefits has more weighting, then full transparency on this issue must be clearly stated. Public interest information would then include disclosure of risk assessment criteria and the rationale when establishing human exposure safety limits.

ICNIRP only provide guidance on human exposure limits, however, are not responsible on whether a technology is safe or not. This is the responsibility of governments and industry to ensure public safety before implementation of mobile technology based on microwaves and mmWaves. Setting an Australian safety standard based on an international guideline that is so far removed from scrutiny must effectively satisfy applicability, safety and probity requirements.

ARPANSA cannot give medical advice and while they do acknowledge those with Electro-Hypersensitivty, they do not factor such illnesses into public exposure policy, instead they refer affected individuals ……. “to seek medical advice from a qualified medical specialist.”

The disclaimer on their website: “This website is not a substitute for independent professional advice specific to your personal circumstances. Nothing contained in this site is intended to be used as medical advice and, in particular, it should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease in individual cases, nor should it be used for therapeutic purposes or as a substitute for your own health practitioner’s professional advice. ARPANSA does not accept any liability for any injury, loss or damage incurred by use of or reliance on the information provided on this website.”

Community Autonomy

The committee chair of the Australian Senate Inquiry (2001) into Electromagnetic Radiation suggested that the government review the Telecommunications (Low-impact Facilities) Determination Act 1997, and “as a precautionary measure, amend it to enable community groups to have greater input into the siting of antenna towers and require their installation to go through normal local government planning processes“. 

Once again the government ignored these recommendations and has since valued the pursuits of profit driven telecommunications industries over the wishes of the general public. 

It is time for Australian’s to take back their community autonomy, lobby members of government to protect the health their consitutents and fight current legislation that alows Telco’s to install radiation emitting infrastructure without public consent. 

Those Most Vulnerable

Those working, living, studying or spending significant periods of time within a 500  metre radius of the nearest cell tower or small cell installation are most vulnerable to the harmful effects.

Full body low level RF radiation exposures, for significant periods of time can also have a serious cumulative effect on the developing body of a child.

From 2015-2017 the 3rd leading cause of death in Australian children between the ages of 1-14 was brain cancer while the 5th leading cause of death was Leukemia, both of which are linked to EMR exposure. 

Clearly, we, as a community, need to take greater precaution when exposing children to W.H.O-admitted carcinogens, such as wireless RF emissions.

Children today have an unprecedented exposure that is higher than that experienced any generation before them and they have been shown to absorb more radiation than adults. It is imperative that our leaders protect the quality of life experienced by the next generation and those that follow.

There is evidence that genetic damage caused by exposure within current guidelines may not only damage the exposed child, but also their offspring.

The Health Effects

The World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) radio frequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.

Extremely low-frequency magnetic fields are also classified as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B) based on studies that have linked 300-400nT with doubling the chance of childhood leukemia. IARC Summary of Data Reported and Evaluation

Well known researchers, Dr. Lennart Hardell and Michael Carlberg published a thorough examination of the NTP study results in the October 2018 issue of The International Journal of Oncology. They stated , “We conclude that there is clear evidence that RF radiation is a human carcinogen, causing glioma and vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma). There is some evidence of an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer, and clear evidence that RF radiation is a multi‑site carcinogen. Based on the Preamble to the IARC Monographs, RF radiation should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, Group 1.”  Their 2018 article “Comments on the US National Toxicology Program technical reports...” is here https://www.spandidos-publications.com/10.3892/ijo.2018.4606

A recent study conducted in 2019 found that students attending schools close in proximity to cell phone towers, with high RF-EMF exposures, had delayed fine and gross motor skills, spatial working memory and attention difficulties compared to the students with limited exposure (Meo 2019).

Another study conducted in 2007 by Abdel-Rassoul et al, published in Neurotoxicology, found that the prevalence of neuropsychiatric complaints,  such as headaches (23.5%), memory changes (28.2%), dizziness (18.8%), tremors (9.4%), depressive symptoms (21.7%), and sleep disturbance (23.5%) were significantly higher among those in close proximity to cell phone base stations as opposed to the control group: (10%), (5%), (5%), (0%), (8.8%) and (10%), respectively (P<0.05) ( Abdel-Rassoul et al, 2007)

We Urge The  Government To:

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Enact An Immediate Moratorium on 5G

Invoke the legal Precautionary Princiaple which underpins ALL statutes, strictly disallowing the Possibility of Harm to public in law-making.

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Adopt the ALARA (As Low As Reasonable Achievable) Principal

Lower public RF-EMF exposure limits, especially in schools and where children may be exposed.

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Take Legislative Guidance from the Experts

Such as Oceania Radiofrequency Scientific Advisory Association Inc. (ORSAA)

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Invest in Hardwired Infrastructure

Hardwiring is the safest, easiest & most secure solution to mitigate the risks associated with 5G wireless radiation emissions. 

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Allow Australian Citizens the Right to Refuse Exposures

Facilitate Opt-Out zones for the 5G roll out where public concerns exist, ensuring LOW EMF zones throughout the country.

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Independent Monitoring & EMF Exposure Regulation

Nation-wide independent wireless technology testing to ensure emission standards are maintained and regulated.

How You Can Help

Council & Community Awareness

As public exposure to wireless technology increases, so does the risk to public health. Although many are becoming aware of EMF, many communities do not fully understand the the risks associated with prolonged exposure. Learn how to protect your community by spreading awareness and lobbying local members of government to ensure the safety of their consitutents. 

Object To An Installation

Is there an exisitng or proposed mobile phone tower/ small cell installation close to your home, school and/or workplace? You have the the right to object to wireless infrastructure that irriadiates you and your family. Follow our step by step guide to learn how.

EMR Legal Options

Its imperative to any legal action, (whether it goes to court or not) to be precise, keep records, cite all your authorities, research deeply and avoid quoting less-credible sources. Follow these steps to assist you  and your solicitor in the pursuit of legal action against EMF exposure. 

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