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Senator Lyn Allison Senator for Victoria Australian Democrats spokesperson for Telecommunications

Press Release Dated: 5 Apr 2000 Press Release Number: 00184la Portfolio: Telecommunications Related: Health

Mobile phone inquiry update The Senate inquiry into electromagnetic emissions from mobile phones will advertise for public submissions on April 15 and will accept submissions until June 16.

The committee will hold public hearings, but the first hearing date has yet to be set.

Submissions should be directed to the Senate Environment, Communications, Information Technology and the Arts References Committee, Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.

Australian Democrats Telecommunications spokesperson, Senator Lyn Allison, said the committee was interested in receiving evidence on a range of issues, including hands free kits.

Senator Allison has cast doubt over recent findings on hands free kits.

“Technical advice I have received suggests that the British tests only measured the power output from the earpiece and not the actual absorption of radiated power into the head,” Senator Allison said.

Senator Allison will chair the inquiry into electromagnetic emissions with the following terms of reference:

(a) an examination of the allocation of funding from the Commonwealth’s $4.5 million fund for electro-magnetic radiation research and public information;

(b) a review of current Australian and International research into electro-magnetic radiation and its effects as it applies to telecommunications equipment, including but not limited to, mobile telephones;

(c) an examination of the current Australian Interim Standard [AS/NZS 2772.1 (Int): 1998], as it applies to telecommunications;

(d) an examination of efforts to set an Australian Standard dealing with electro-magnetic emissions;

(e) an examination of the merits of the transfer of the responsibility for setting a new Australian standard for electro-magnetic emissions to the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency.


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