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MobileMuster Recognises Top Workplace Collectors

MobileMuster, the only not-for-profit government accredited recycling program in Australia, is proud to announce the winners of their Workplace Recycling Awards. The eight award winners from across Australia were dominated by government organisations highlighting the strong partnerships developed within this sector. Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager, MobileMuster, said “We partner with a number of government agencies like the Department of Defence and South Australia Police who require a secure and responsible recycling service to support their business operations.” The Government’s accreditation, which MobileMuster acquired in 2014, gives the program a green tick of approval and recognises that MobileMuster adheres to the highest safety and ethical standards when recycling old mobiles and accessories which is important to our workplace partners.

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ABC's Catalyst under review, reporter suspended after damning review on Wi-Fi program

ABC axes The Drum opinion website The ABC will apologise to its viewers and review its science program Catalyst after an independent investigation found a controversial episode on the potential health risks of Wi-Fi that went to air earlier this year breached its editorial standards. The damning finding - which will see reporter Maryanne Demasi suspended from on-air assignments until at least September - comes two years after a similar investigation slammed a Catalyst program questioning the use of cholesterol-reducing medications. As with the earlier program on cholesterol, the Wi-Fi episode will be removed from the internet. Prominent scientists attacked the February program at the time as scare-mongering and unscientific for questioning the links between Wi-Fi and brain tumours. Now an investigation by the ABC's Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit has found it breached the broadcaster's standards.

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2G Network Shutdown

Telstra 2G Network will shut down in December 2016 Telstra will shut down its 2G mobile network on 1 December 2016. Who will be affected? This will only affect Telstra and Boost Mobile customers using certain older mobile phones and devices. These customers will need to either upgrade or make changes to their devices so that they will still work. Telstra has been contacting affected customers over the last 18 months to provide them with information about the steps they will need to take to upgrade and transition to a 3G/4G service. From 1 December 2016, any device or SIM card accessing the Telstra or Boost 2G (GSM) 900MHz mobile networks will stop working. Emergency calls will also no longer be possible – unless the device is within the coverage area of another carrier supporting 2G calls. In addition, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that only operate on the 2G network will stop working.

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What the experts say about Catalyst’s top 10 mobile health claims

ABC TV s Catalyst aired a number allegations in February about health and safety issues related to mobile telecommunications and Wi-Fi. The program was widely criticised for being unbalanced and failing to present the scientific consensus of expert national and international health agencies on mobile phone safety. AMTA in its latest EME Update has presented the views of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other official agencies, which all continue to find that no adverse health effects have been established as being caused from mobile phone use. AMTA supports the right of people to have their own views on health and safety issues. However, it is important that they have the facts from the weight of science on these issues, allowing them to make informed choices about their use of the technology. EME Update looks at Catalyst s top 10 claims and provides what the independent scientific experts have to say.

AMTA’s response to ABC TV Catalyst’s claims on 16 February 2016

The mobile telecommunications industry takes seriously all issues related to health and safety of mobile products and relies on expert advice from national and international health agencies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO). To operate in Australia the mobile telecommunications industry is required to comply with Federal Government safety standards, which are recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA). The safety standards have large safety margins and are designed to protect adults and children. ABC TV s Catalyst program last night canvassed the views of some scientists, who expressed their personal concerns about the health of safety of mobile telecommunications. AMTA supports their right to have their own views. However, the views of these scientists do not accord with those of independent expert health bodies, such as the World Health Organization (WHO).


Expert reaction to ABC TV’s Catalyst program on mobile telecommunications health and safety issues

The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), the Australian Government s radiation protection body, has restated its official view that there is no established scientific evidence that use of mobile phones and Wi-Fi devices cause any health effects following ABC TV s Catalyst program this week called Wi-Fried . Independent scientific experts have labelled the Catalyst program on 16 February as scaremongering and pseudoscience after it alleged that there was a growing fear that use of mobile telecommunications devices was linked to brain cancer. The program featured Dr Devra Davis, a United States scientist in the fields of environmental health and disease prevention. She was part of a team that won the Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore in 2007 for their work on climate change.