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Fundamental Safety Principles For Protection Against Non-Ionizing Radiation

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From: J M

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Dear Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency,

I am requesting full disclosure of the document "Fundamental Safety Principles For
Protection Against Non-Ionizing Radiation" and all drafts/amending documents associated with it.

I am requesting this information in response to D0019 where all draft copies of this document were redacted under section 33

wherein the release of documents, it is cited that redaction of the drafts were made due to:
Section 33 of the FOI Act - Documents affecting national security, defence or international relations

I do not agree with this assessment, as renewed public interest in 5G technology has gained momentum, due to the Australian Public being on the cusp of the rollout. It will be better for the public to know the full workings of intergovernmental discussions pertinent to new and emerging technologies - where the health effects and interference vectors are crucial to the public's understanding due to limited technical/researched information being available, as of this point in time.

I believe it is in the public's interest to be made aware of the working processes of the government's assessment of 5G technology. Specifically the scientific preliminary working materials.

I see no reason subsequent release of this documentation will in any way affect the working relationships of partnered WHO members, nor will it affect the WHO itself or national security. Furthermore, if there is reason to believe the public's response will in-fact hinder these relationships - it is not a valid reason to retain privacy classification.

"The decision maker is not required to consider the public interest test (s 11A(5)) until they have first determined that the document is conditionally exempt. A decision maker cannot withhold access to a document simply because it conditionally exempt. Disclosure of conditionally exempt documents is required unless in the particular circumstances and, at the time of the decision, there is, on balance, countervailing harm which offsets the inherent public interest of giving access."

Due to the Australian public's limited understanding on this matter - it would be lawful and justified to release these documents.

if, however, the documents are deemed exempt regardless of public interest under :
1. 47G(1)(a) - I request the names of those businesses affected
2. 11A(5) - I request all liaising documents by the agency discussing the balance of public interest, and the conclusion of those assessments - including any polling/studies pertinent to the discussion/s.
3. If the continued exemption related specifically to the WHO - I request the disclosure be made with the interest of Australian citizens as a priority - first and foremost - i am not requesting information on member states, nor the identifiable names of individuals involved - more-or-less i am asking for imperial data studies, charts, drafts and preliminary working documents/reports, as information related to technical specifications and biological effects may have been removed in the lead up to the final report/s, and this information will help the public better understand the misinformation being spread rapidly, why these issues have become so widespread, and how they can better identify "fake news" in the future.

Thank you for your assistance.

Yours faithfully,
J M.

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Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency

Dear J M

I have prepared this information under administrative access arrangements in response to your email query dated 31 July 2020.

A decision was made 19 June 2019 on the FOI request seeking access to the draft version of the international document with draft document title "Fundamental Safety Principles For Protection Against Non-Ionizing Radiation".
I note this is not an ARPANSA publication.
Documents which were released following the 19 June 2019 decision are at ARPANSA Disclosure log entries No D0019 available at https://www.arpansa.gov.au/about-us/acce...

Your rights to have this decision of 19 June 2019 reviewed are set out by the OAIC: see
https://www.oaic.gov.au/freedom-of-infor...

If you wish to lodge a new FOI request, please ensure your request satisfies the requirements for a FOI request and please use ARPANSA FOI request form (https://www.arpansa.gov.au/freedom-infor....

John Templeton
Privacy and FOI Officer
Office of the General Counsel
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
+612 95418345
[email address]

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