This week I received further correspondence from James Merlino, Minister for Education in Victoria. You can read it here.
It appears that the Department's policy on RF-EMF exposure is based purely on the ARPANSA standard, but I have emailed Dr Claire Tobin to clarify. Dr Tobin's LinkedIn profile is here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/
So today I wrote:
If the Department is relying solely on ARPANSA for safety exposure recommendations then we have a real problem. Click here to read why I believe ARPANSA's safety standards are indefensible and dangerous.
Dear Dr Tobin
I have been in correspondence with James Merlino on the subject of concerns about the impact of increased exposure of students and teachers to radio frequency radiation (RF EMF) from cell phones and wifi, particularly given the the reliance on wireless devices such as laptops and ipads in primary and secondary schools, and as 5G is rolled out across Melbourne and Victoria.
Mr Merlino has referred me to contact you to further discuss the Department's policy on this matter.
In his letter to me (attached) Mr Merlino mentions that the department has been in contact with ARPANSA regarding 5G and potential health impacts. I would like to know if the Department forms it's policy decisions on RF EMF exposure based solely on advice from ARPANSA, or whether other sources of information or advice are used, and if so what those sources are.
- Dr Richard Cullen