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No research conclusively proves that 5G and wireless radiation is safe. According to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), ‘the dosimetry (dose absorbed by a human) in the 6 GHz to 300 GHz range is still developing and further research is required to examine the effects of exposure to new and emerging technologies’ (www.arpansa.gov.au).

Even though it was intended to be funny, we don’t find Mandy Nolan’s Soapbox statements at all amusing. 5G may, or may never, deliver all the extremely-hyped benefits. Industry marketing tells you we need 5G, but is not about better connection – it’s about profits. Smart devices are engineered for addiction. Wireless services are vastly inferior for transferring large amounts of data. Hardwired connections are so much faster, more secure and energy efficient. Most importantly, they do not pollute with harmful radiation.

Wireless technology consumes huge amounts of energy. A wireless ‘internet of things’ will be extraordinarily energy consumptive and will vastly grow our dependence on conflict minerals that millions of Congolese people suffer and die while mining for. An astronomical increase in e-waste will be unavoidable.

If Mandy had accepted my personal invitation to join the discussion in our Facebook group, she would find a plethora of peer reviewed scientific articles. Those ‘YouTube videos’ are presentations by highly qualified doctors and scientists. She would also see there is NO information stating that COVID-19 is caused by 5G. The movement has distanced itself from such claims.

Stating that a movement does not know who the editor of The Echo is, is both incorrect and irrelevant.

The potential dangers of 5G are real, not conspiracy.

There is overwhelming evidence of adverse health effects occurring at levels thousands of times below existing standards (BioInitiative Report, 2017; Herbert and Sage, 2013).

Check out the 5G Appeal, prepared in 2017 by scientists and doctors urging the EU to halt the roll out of 5G, due to serious potential (negative) health effects. www.5gappeal.eu.

As H Jackson Brown said – The greatest ignorance is to reject something you know nothing about.

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  1. NBN Fixed Wireless has been operating for the past 4 years in the 3.4Ghz and 3.5Hz band of the spectrum.
    5G in Australia is allocated for 3.4Ghz .
    The Bureau’s of Meterology has been using the mid 3Ghz band for decades as part of the Australia weather radar network. Even Cape Byron had a weather radar until the early 80s.
    The thousands of satellites above us have also been communicating with earth in the 1Hhz to at least 30Ghz frequency for decades .
    Check how many houses in Federal , Main Arm , Billinudgel, Ewingsdale and anywhere also outside the town boundary that have a rectangular GHz dish for picking up the 3.5Ghz NBN Fixed Wireless.

  2. “No research conclusively proves that 5G and wireless radiation is safe.”

    The fact that you chose this line as your main point demonstrates either a lack of understanding of science, or a disingenuous approach. I suggest looking up the difference between hazard and risk. I would also recommend avoiding everything and anything that has “not been proven safe.” For instance, alcohol, driving, broccoli and walking outside.

    The radiation argument sounds scary until one understands the difference between ionizing and non-ionizing radiation. Important to keep in mind is just how low energy the Ghz range is. As a comparison, visible light is more than an order of magnitude higher at 430–770 THz.

    Whereas the concern about the abuses related to conflict minerals is real, there are some very obvious solutions (like concerted government and corporate cooperation) that do not require abandoning technology. The IoT could actually reduce energy consumption and waste, so that is clearly poor research or intentional obfuscation.

    Your true motivation is clear: you are either a luddite, willfully ignorant of science, a conspiracy theorist or, most likely some pitiful combination of the three.

  3. Is Bay FM 99.9 actually killing us ?
    “ Background: In 2002, a strong association was highlighted between local melanoma incidence and the number of locally covering main Frequency Modulation (FM) transmitters in Sweden. This study investigated whether an association also exists between melanoma incidence and the average density of main FM transmitters in different European countries. Methods: Twenty-three different European countries were asked to disclose the number of main transmitters used for the FM broadcasting band (87·5–108 MHz) in the respective country. Incidences of melanoma, breast cancer and all cancers together per country were correlated with their respective average density of transmitters per 10,000 km2. Findings: Both melanoma and breast cancer, as well as all cancers together, appear to be significantly associated with the density of main FM broadcasting transmitters in the European countries examined. Interpretation: The findings present strong support to the earlier presented hypothesis that body-resonant broadcasting radiation emitted by horizontally polarized main FM transmitters has an immune-disturbing effect. Funding: This study was financed by internal funds within Hallberg Independent Research only.”

  4. seoul, population 10 million, has been using 5g since 2018, how many cases of radiation illness there?

  5. I would caution any witches thinking about visiting Mullum.
    Not long before the alfoil hat/anti-vax mob will start to thinking about burning the odd suspect.

  6. This is not an area in which I profess any expertise, but if the majority of the crowd on display for the anti 5g protest knew the difference between gigahertz and megahertz, between ionising and non ionising, between local state and federal governance, between a novel virus and their backsides I’d be very surprised. I’d be even more surprised if they cared!

    Civil disobedience is a sacred tradition in the historical struggle for justice but the timing of this demonstration raised the inevitable tug-of-war between the right to demonstrate and the responsibility to avoid harm to our fellow humans.

    Is it justifiable to threaten the progress made against a pandemic that has thrown upheaval into so many lives – Gandhi downed tools while the Brits were fighting Hitler? Can it be seen as peaceful, passive and benign with a death rate that has gone from one to near 280,000 in five months – even if the whole thing’s a cover to sneak 5g towers into Mullumbimby? Was it civil disobedience or pantomime?

    In the footage I saw, demonstrators heavily armed with 4g (that oh so passé villain), steadily gathered video material for their favoured media platforms. Much excitement erupted when it appeared there might be a potential martyr to the cause – after an unfortunate encounter with a stationary tow truck.

    ‘ What the ‘f#@k,’ and ‘Call a f#$king ambulance’ was screeched at police while phone cameras kept rolling – presumably a more important job than dialling 000. Unfortunately the police were busied saving the stricken hero from a histrionic version of stacks on the mill – not considered a conventional form of first aid!

    In navigating the question of assembly in a pandemic, I’d strongly suggest a look at some of the footage doing the rounds and applying consideration of two major factors for the spread of this disease:

    1. How dense the crowd is
    2. How dense the crowd is


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