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Wind in the Turbine Debate

Monday 15th June / presented by Chris Wheeldon

Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott made an off-hand comment in relation to wind farms. He called them visually awful and potentially harmful to people’s health.

So just how unhealthy are Australia's 1639 Wind turbines?

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) is responsible for ensuring Australians receive the best available evidence­-based advice on matters relating to improving health and preventing disease.

There are concerns though from members of the community – and certainly from the Prime Minister - that living near a wind farm could have adverse effects on human health. The NHRMC commissioned a report to address these concerns and the results were released in February 2015.

Professor Bruce Armstrong chaired the NHRMC and is a leader in cancer research and management with an understanding of many of the concerns the report addressed. He spoke to RTRFM's Chris Wheeldon about the issue on The Mag.

The Australian Wind Alliance aims to bring together businesses, individuals and communities who support more wind energy for Australia.

Working on a mandate to improve the environment through education; the AWA is Australia's leading community­ - based organisation promoting clean wind energy.

As you’d expect, they’re fans of wind power.

AWA National Co­ordinator Andrew Bray talked to The Mag's Chris Wheeldon about some of the benefits of wind farms.

There's little doubt that the Coalition are not fans of renewable energy.

WA Liberal backbencher Chris Back sits on the new Senate select Inquiry into wind farms. Specifically, he’s looking into the role the federal Clean Energy Regulator (CER) should have in checking that wind farms are compliant with state laws and guidelines.

Mr Back wants the CER to ensure wind farms are complying with the law, as well as assurances that independent research into the health effects of wind farms are 'truly independent'.

He joined Chris Wheeldon to discuss the issue on The Mag.

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