Powercor sidestepping precautionary protocol

I REFER to the article by Eloise Johnstone on page nine of the Advertiser of November 27:  “Meters are safe – Powercor”.

Powercor does not appear to have adhered to the precautionary element contained in clause 5.7(E) of the Arpansa Standard (2002), which states: “measures for the protection of members of the general public who may be exposed to RF fields due to their proximity to antennas or other RF sources must include the following: (E) Minimising, as appropriate, RF exposure which is unnecessary or incidental to achievement of service objectives or process requirements, provided this can readily be achieved at reasonable expense”.

In light of this standard, why didn’t Powercor piggyback onto the NBN fibre-optic rollout, thus avoiding the well-documented health risks that radio frequency smart meters pose for people and animals?

Brian Clarke,



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