Advisory Committee members re Non-Ionising Radiation - connections with Telco. industry

Michael Vaughan made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

The request was partially successful.

From: Michael Vaughan

Dear Ministry of Health,

I would like to know the following information concerning the Advisory Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation:

(a) Who are the current members of this committee?
(b) Which of these members has been employed by (or contracted by) a telecommunications company?
(c) What is the process whereby these individuals become members of this committee?
(d) When making decisions about non-ionising radiation, e.g. Safety Standards, from what other sources does the Ministry of Health access information?
(e) How many members of the committee have qualifications in Biology to enable them to adequately advise the Ministry of Health about possible effects of non-ionising radiation at cellular level?
(f) Has the Ministry of Health been informed by the Advisory Committee that France has banned wi-fi in pre-school centres and restricted its usage in primary schools...and has the Ministry of Health taken any steps to find out the reasons for this, in the interests of the safety of children in New Zealand?
(g) What are the proposed frequencies for 5G and what research has been conducted into the safety of these particular frequencies of non-ionising radiation?

It is obviously of extreme importance the the Ministry of Health receives high-quality, unbiased advice from the Advisory Committee on Non-Ionising Radiation and that members of the committee do not have Conflicts of Interest such as employment or contracting connections with the telecommunications industry.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Vaughan

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From: Michael Vaughan

Dear Ministry of Health,

I would like to remind you that by law you should have responded to my Official Information Request 'Advisory Committee members re Non-Ionising Radiation - connections with Telco. industry' by September 6.

I look forward to your response on this important matter in the very near future.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Vaughan

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D J Blair left an annotation ()

Hi Michael,

Just as a note of interest, I had a similar request refused under section 9(2)(a) of the Act to protect the privacy of natural persons.

Here is the cited subsection: to protect the privacy of natural persons, including that of deceased natural persons

Now, what I understand the definition of the words "includes, including" to be in legislative writing. From Blacks Law 3rd edition where they credit the original to Edward Coke, and there have been many subsequent corresponding definitions.

"The inclusion of one is the exclusion of another. The certain designation of one
person is an absolute exclusion of all others." 11 Coke 58b.

I am currently waiting for clarification but it sounds like the reason for refusing these requests is to protect the privacy of the deceased.

What have any persons, now passed away, got to do with a request for information on current interagency committee members?
Is it to protect the corpse? The body corporate? The corporation sole, The Corporation?

It is extremely curious that the identities of these persons are protected, they are free from liability if their identities are hidden.
This is very much cloak and dagger politics playing out before us.

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Michael Vaughan left an annotation ()

Thank you D J Blair for your message. I'm not surprised to hear that you received a similar stone-wall response from MOH to your request for information about the Interagency Committee. As you know, this Committee has an incredibly important role in advising the MOH on issues such as how much radiation the NZ public can 'safely' be exposed to from wireless networks and devices. Given the crucial nature of their role, it's vital that their operation is transparent so that the NZ public can have confidence that they are providing quality, independent advice....particularly as the Committee is advising the MOH that it's okay for the NZ public to be exposed to radiation levels hundreds or even thousands of times higher than those allowed in other countries. Instead, the 'cloak and dagger' approach is being taken, as you correctly point out. I have made a complaint to the Ombudsman as I believe this is a very serious issue.

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