5G technology is being tested in Melbourne without residents’ knowledge
The City of Melbourne recently tested 5G technology in a test bed area, without the residents’ knowledge. The Melbourne Innovation District (MID) is adjacent to the University of Melbourne and covers some University buildings and a residential area. This is especially concerning when one considers that the Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, Céline Fremault, who is responsible for Housing, Quality of Life, Environment and Energy, recently announced the suspension of plans to provide 5G wireless internet access throughout the Belgian capital due to concerns about radiation levels. She is quoted in The Brussels Times as saying “I cannot welcome such technology if radiation standards, which must protect the citizen, are not respected,” and that “The people of Brussels are not guinea pigs whose health I can sell at a profit. We cannot leave anything to doubt.”
MID is a partnership between City of Melbourne, University of Melbourne and RMIT University with a “shared vision to develop a world class innovation district and environment that supports and develops next-generation Melbourne: https://mid.org.au/”
The City of Melbourne website explains that “By establishing a 5G and IoT test bed within a contained geographical area, we will be able to work together, undertake research and test new technology.”
When I contacted Melbourne City Council and asked whether the students and the residents of this test bed area had been informed, I was advised that they had not. This technology is not tested on humans, and currently there is an International EMF Scientist petition to the World Health Organisation from more than 240 scientists from countries across the globe to halt the rollout until further safety tests are conducted. It states “Numerous recent scientific publications have shown that EMF affects living organisms at levels well below most international and national guidelines. Effects include increased cancer risk, cellular stress, increase in harmful free radicals, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.”
The citation of “learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans” seems especially pertinent considering the recent unexplained spike in student suicides at Bristol University in the UK, which broadly coincided with a test bed rollout of 5G at the University. Whilst a definite link is difficult to prove, it would seem prudent to investigate whether 5G might have had had any influence on these bright young minds. However, this potential link is studiously missing from all available analysis presented in the mainstream media. It would therefore seem that the precautionary principle, employed so assiduously elsewhere such as in the realm of climate change is not to be considered in regard towards the rollout of 5G technology.
Governments across the world are investing and funding 5G on a scale not seen in comparison with the rollout of 3g and 4g, which was largely left to the industry to self-fund. Computer Weekly in 2017 noted that the UK invested 25M GBP to search for projects “that can explore the potential for 5G to deliver business benefits, develop new apps and services, develop new business models, or address the commercial risk currently associated with large-scale 5G investment”. In the same year the Australian Government released a paper 5g-enabling-future-economy wherein the stated aim was to “establish a 5G working group that will bring together representatives from across Government and industry. The working group will create a platform for this strategic dialogue with a mandate to seek out opportunities and emerging issues on 5G.” One has to wonder at the apparent Government push for a technology that has yet to ‘seek out opportunities’. Notwithstanding the requirement to identify business use cases, it also recognised that “as 5G continues to develop, other issues relating to the technology will likely emerge which may require future Government action.”
Despite the admission that there may be issues relating to the technology, it seems that the impacts on human health does not require any Government action or media investigation, and that it will be left up to concerned students, parents and friends of Melbourne University students, and other affected and interested citizens to raise and spread awareness, especially to those living and studying in the Test bed 1 location.