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Twenty-eight submissions, practically all from individuals, have been made to the inquiry into 5G in Australia being conducted by the Standing Committee on Communications and the Arts.

And every single one talks about the alleged health effects of the technology, urging the government to stop the rollout until studies have been done to ascertain whether it is safe. A majority of the submissions are from women.

A typical submission, from one Kaye Handley, who is part of a campaign to stop 5G in Bunbury, reads:

"...I make this submission today because I am extremely concerned about the rollout and upgrades to the 5G technology in Australia.

"I’ve been researching and informing myself and others about the dangers of 5G for almost a year now and continue to be active in rallies and information dissemination to groups, communities, government agencies and the telecommunication industry.

"I am also extremely concerned about the speed with which the telecommunication industry is installing towers and upgrading existing infrastructure without community consultation or due diligence to duty of care of the community, overriding worldwide, independent scientific studies of the dangers of 5G."

Another, from one Diane King, which appears to have been written on a typewriter, reads: "I do not want to be looking at any antenna or small cell facility for 5G in this street as I chose this 'clean green environment' with extremely low wireless radiation. Property values could be lowered by 5G antennas here."

King also claims that the lower number of insects which pollinate plants are due to wireless radiations.

A third, from one Elizabeth Green, says: "Having read many articles and reports from here and abroad and how it has affected the town of Gateshead in the UK, where insects, birds and trees are dying from the effects of 5G, it made me research further, and have joined local and international groups that share information on 5G.

"Australia is a beautiful country with its unique flora and fauna , it would be devastating to see our wild life fall from the skies."

Friday is the last date for making submissions. No submissions from companies are yet listed, but presumably that will happen after CoB today.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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