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Twenty years ago today - first mobiles used in Australia

On this day 20 years ago, the first mobile phones were introduced in Australia. At 10.42am on February 23, 1987, the then Minister for Communications, Michael Duffy, received the first official call using an analogue mobile phone.
23/02/07

New consumer safeguards for premium rate mobile phone services

The mobile telecommunications industry has introduced new safeguards to give consumers clear cost information on premium mobile phone services and a “stop” command to unsubscribe, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association said today after the release of the Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman’s annual report.
01/11/06

Industry supports ongoing health research on safety of mobiles

The latest international study on the use of mobile phones found no overall link between mobile phone use and malignant brain tumours, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association, Chris Althaus, said today.
26/01/07

NSW Government urged to consider all driver distractions

The New South Wales government has been urged to consider the full range of distractions faced by young drivers and not single out mobile phones, the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA), Chris Althaus, said today.
09/01/07

Don't Drive To Distraction – Text Before You Drive

It’s a novel variation of look before you leap – text before you drive….. That’s the Christmas road safety message from the Federal Government, the Australian Automobile Association and the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association in the run up to the Christmas holidays.
02/01/07

Danish study finds no health risk for long-term mobile phone users

The biggest and longest-running study on the issue has found that long-term mobile phone use does not raise the risk of cancer. A Danish study followed 420,000 mobile phone users for up to 21 years and found that long-term mobile phone users did not have a higher risk of brain or central nervous system cancers, salivary gland tumours, eye tumours or leukaemia.
21/12/06

No substantiated evidence to link mobiles with male infertility

There is no substantiated scientific evidence that mobile phones affect fertility, Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) CEO Chris Althaus said today in response to unpublished research from the US. He said the World Health Organisation (WHO), leading experts and international health authorities had found that none of the recent extensive scientific reviews had concluded that exposure to radio frequency fields from mobile phones and their base stations caused any adverse health consequences.
16/11/06

No substantiated evidence to link mobiles with male infertility

There is no substantiated scientific evidence that mobile phones affect fertility, AMTA CEO Chris Althaus said today in response to unpublished research from the US. None of the recent extensive scientific reviews had concluded that exposure to radio frequency fields from mobile phones and their base stations caused any adverse health consequences.
31/10/06

Mobile industry groups welcome new consumer protection measures for premium rate mobile services

The mobile telecommunications industry and mobile content providers today welcomed the approval of an industry scheme that introduces a range of safeguards to protect children, gives consumers clear cost information on premium mobile phone services and a “stop” command to unsubscribe.
05/10/06

New website straight talks on mobile phones to young people

The Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, Senator Helen Coonan, today launched a new industry website to assist young people get access to practical information for using their mobile phones in a safe, responsible and affordable manner.
20/09/06
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