Health levy proposed for mobile bills

The Australian Democrats have proposed that all mobile phone users pay an annual $5 levy via their bill in order to fund further research into the health effects of using mobile handsets.

This is despite the findings of a parliamentary inquiry which found their were no proven adverse effects from mobile phone use.

The Liberal and Labor members on the inquiry found that the current $3.4m allocated to researching the issue was sufficient while the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said the industry had already raised $4.5m over five years via a levy on carriers to fund studies by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Aust Financial Review, p5, 5-6/5/01