David Risstrom - Victorian Greens Senate Candidate
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David Risstrom has been elected to the number 1 position on the Victorian Greens Senate ticket for the upcoming 2004 Federal election. David's election to the number 1 position and Richard Di Natale to the number 2 position followed a comprehensive and exhaustive process and ballot of all Victorian members. Details of the election campaign as it evolves can be found on The Victorian Greens website at www.vic.greens.org.au.

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I have applied for preselection as a Senate candidate for the Victorian Greens. Preselection is undertaken by the Victorian Greens to allow the party membership to decide who will represent them in the upcoming Federal elections. Senate candidates are selected by interview, a series of community meetings and a vote of all members.

As part of the preselection process, applicants were asked to address selection criteria. I have reproduced my nomination below for those members forming a view on how to vote. If you wish to ask me any questions or raise any issues, please e-mail me at: david@davidrisstrom.org For those interested in the work of the Victorian Greens, please visit the Greens website or send an e-mail to the Victorian Greens.

16 November 2003: The Senate Preselection Reference Panel interviewed all applicants and scored applicants against each of the criteria below. The six panel members scored each applicant out of a maximum score of 7 points. Following release of that assessment, I am very pleased to have the highest aggregate score of the interviewed candidates, scoring 6.6 out of a possible 7. I have included the score given by the panel against the criteria shown below.

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This section details the information I provided in response to the selection criteria. My application is based on the premise that I have demonstrated my capacity to deliver for the Greens as an elected representative, so I have focussed on what I have achieved, rather than promising to do so if chosen as a Senate candidate.

Demonstrated Commitment To And Involvement With Greens Charter and Policies - Panel score for David: 6.8 out of a possible 7.0

Since 1999, as the first Green elected in Victoria, I have devoted the overwhelming majority of my time to delivering Greens policies and implementing the Greens Charter.

I have been a member of the Australian Greens for approximately 10 years, becoming the first Victorian Green elected to political office in March 1999. I attended what I believe was the first publicly notified meeting of what became the Victorian Greens on the 1st floor of Ross House and was involved in discussion about Janet Powell standing as a Senate candidate many years ago.

I maintained my membership of the Australian Greens almost contiguously, though for a number of years whilst I lived in Canberra, I was a member of the ACT Greens. During the four years I lived and worked in Canberra, I was as an Electoral Educator for the Australian Electoral Commission and chose not to be politically active for some of that period in order to maintain my employment integrity following the High Court electoral decision in Sykes v Cleary. My decision to return to Melbourne in 1996 was influenced by my wish to ultimately stand for the Victorian Senate.

I have served for a number of years on the Victorian Greens Executive and Council, and as a delegate to National Conferences. I reduced my involvement in Greens administration since my election, as a means of concentrating on my public elected position.

I have worked extremely hard for the Greens since my election to Melbourne City Council, working up to and beyond 80 hours per week over extended periods. My work as a Green on Melbourne City Council has resulted in my practice as a barrister moving from typically appearing in court 5 days per week to on average once every two months.

My life has been directed towards the kind of practical and policy achievements I have made as an elected Green, having taken the view that being elected as a Green is an uncommon privilege that should be utilised to its maximum.

The tithe required of elected officials is 5% of their allowance. Prior to being elected, I committed to paying 10% of my council allowance as a means of supporting the Greens, particularly when our finances were less strong. I have held to that commitment.

I maintain a public record of my activities and green achievements at my website: http://www.davidrisstrom.org which I maintain and finance using my own time and money. The website houses over 200 pages detailing how I have delivered Greens charter and policies to my community, across Victoria, nationally and internationally.

Demonstrated Communication Skills - Panel score for David: 6.5 out of a possible 7.0

I am trained as a barrister, and regularly engage in public speaking both within and outside Council in my role as Green Councillor on Melbourne City Council. I also regularly do public speaking on behalf of the Council, ICLEI and other organisations I represent.

In 1989, using a combination of written materials, face-to-face conversations and by addressing the then State Coalition’s party room, which resulting in the longest Liberal party room debate to date, I convinced the Coalition to support the passage of legislation creating the Victorian Alpine National Park.

I have done various television interviews, including ABC Stateline and Today Tonight, and numerous television news stories on issues such as drugs, graffiti, traffic issues, MCC’s lack of engagement with the Dalai Lama, homelessness and skateboarding.

I co-hosted a regular breakfast program on 3CR, with Ken Davidson and Richard Bronowski as weekly interviewees. I also initiated a midnight to 2 am radio show called ‘Moonshine’ on 3CR, with intentions to move a program in the future to 3RRR.

In the past I received reasonable Statewide coverage in The Age and Herald Sun and locally in the local press, though less so in the last two years, where internal Council constraints imposed politically have led me to focus on more direct communication through my website.

I developed my Melbourne City Greens Councillor website in December 2002. The site at http://davidrisstrom.org is a publicly accessible reporting mechanism that details Greens related information, and policy initiatives, including 100 Green Achievements, ‘News and Views’ courtesy of Rosa the MCC Policy Watchdog (I help with her sentence construction) and links to other progressive sites. I developed and maintain the site myself, which has grown to over 200 pages. Since December 2002. I have received over 10,000 visits and 65,000 hits at an average of 50 hits per day.

I presented to a General Assembly of the United Nations at the Fourth Preparatory Committee meeting to the World Summit of Sustainable Development in 2002, and later that year to the Local Government Session of the World Summit in Johannesburg.

Overseas cities and organisations have invited me to travel to present speeches to large public audiences, often with local television or print media present. I have been requested by the Japan Centre for Climate Change in Tokyo - Japan, the City of Kitakyushu - Japan, Pusan - Korea, Heidelberg – Germany, Sao Paulo - Brazil and Toronto - Canada. I have received good responses from all of those events, with a highlight being perhaps that after myself and two others spoke in Sao Paulo, Brazil on ‘Sustainable Consumption’ the city of approximately 10 million people committed to a Green Purchasing arrangement with ICLEI International.

Demonstrated Team Skills - Panel score for David: 6.5 out of a possible 7.0

I think I have good team skills, though I trust other people’s assessment about me more in that regard.

I believe my capacity to achieve policy at Melbourne City Council, while being one of nine diverse Councillors, and having to negotiate with a very large bureaucracy is a good indication that I have the ability to bring disparate views to a common goal.

When I was young I was a peer group leader, though whether right or wrong, later in my life, I am often reticent for other members of a group to be drawn into believing they have less to contribute. Some people may see this as an unwillingness to lead a group, but I see it as an important opening to allow groups to develop their own skills and identity.

I had the good fortune to receive a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, to delve into a Bushwalking and Mountaincraft Leadership Course and to recently participate in an 18 month Vincent Fairfax Ethics and Leadership Fellowship where team skills were very much a focus. I was a Venturer, Rover and Assistant Scout Leader, and have participated in or led tens of bushwalks, bicycle tours and climbing trips in Victoria and further afield. I am currently involved in a team project through a Future Leaders project called ‘Going Further’ which asks us to collectively produce a project on sustainability that will be of use to the State Government.

Ultimately, I think others will better judge me on this, but I am pleased that having been involved with the Greens and in active public politics, I have had no major stoushes with other members, and think I have a good reputation for being committed to the common good.

Demonstrated Personal Attributes - Panel score for David: 6.5 out of a possible 7.0

I have the support of my wonderful partner, Carolynne, and I have yet to hear any argument articulated against my candidacy from Rosa the Policy Watchdog. At times my humour is drier than the mouth of the Murray, which unfortunately leads people to think that I mean what I say. Ken Davidson’s advice to me some time was to never use irony in politics, as people rarely realise that you don’t mean what you say. Regrettably, in this regard, one of my other personal traits might be that I am a slow learner.

Again, I feel others within the Greens are best to judge me on what they like or otherwise about me. My sense of identity is stable enough to feel OK about being appraised for my contributions to the party and the community.

My mother and father have instilled a strong sense of justice in me, which has been a great guiding post for pursuing what I believe to be right, rather than what is popular. My father’s pursuit of the common good through his contributions towards a fair and progressive tax system are probably better known by older Australians, though his approach to his work is something that has probably subconsciously rubbed off on me.

My father’s work for the Australian Taxpayer’s Association and as a local government councillor gave our family a realisation that my mother described well as an understanding that people, whatever their station, are very human. I recall my sister answering the phone at home one day, and on asking who it was, was told ‘the treasurer’. When she asked, ‘the treasurer of what’, and was told ‘Australia’ I have the impression Andrew Peacock would have enjoyed a little more reverence than our family provided him.

I try as best I can to support communities. I maintain membership of approximately 20 community organisations, and enjoy the engagement with the public.

Despite knowing I should know better, others might describe me as a workaholic. For me, as I explained to a school group I addressed recently on life balance, I have made my work the purpose of my life, so that while there are many others things I would enjoy doing, I have generally been able to meld purposeful activity with some income.

At times I have a tendency to take on more than I can handle, which can variously provide proof that Chaos Theory has practical expression.

Demonstrated In Depth Knowledge Of Policy Issues - Panel score for David: 6.2 out of a possible 7.0

I believe I have a very good knowledge of policy issues, which as an elected official range across an incredibly broad spectrum of issues. In many instances, as the first Green elected in Victoria, we had not developed specific policies to be guided by. In many instances, I have interpreted policies so that they were consistent with existing policy, such as introducing the ESD planning guidelines in Melbourne in 1999, which have been picked up by the State Government for inclusion in the State Planning Scheme.

I was a spokesperson for the Victorian Greens in 1996, and have been strongly involved in policy issues since election to Melbourne City Council. Being in elected office for four years, I have had a lot of experience in chairing public forums and in personal interactions with constituents in dealing with policy questions and debates.

I was a Greens Senate candidate in 1996 and Constitutional Convention candidate in 1995, which presented the same forums for policy discussions, though with our increased profile, now with greater scrutiny.

I have an Arts degree from Melbourne University with majors in politics and social theory, with a first class honours average, during which I had a lot of theoretical exposure to electoral and political systems. I have a law degree concentrating on public law and postgraduate training in legal practice and as a barrister. I also have a Science degree with first class honours that looked at human adaptation to climate change and stratospheric ozone depletion.

I worked for one year in the Senate as a Senior Researcher in the Senate for the Senate Select Committee on Superannuation, contributing to the report on the inadequacies of Super for Women, and two other reports on Super and Social Security.

I undertook a consultancy to the Commonwealth EPA on behalf of the Australian Centre for Environmental Law, looking at the operation of State Environmental laws on the Commonwealth, as a means of surrendering Commonwealth immunity from State environmental law.

I also worked for a number of years as a media monitor for Australian Reference Services, feeding a current affairs and radio habit by variously listening to Derry Hinch, Mark Day and John Laws simultaneously. I remain an avid radio listener, and current affairs junkie. To the dismay of some in my lounge room, I enjoy watching ‘Order in the House.’

Demonstrated Knowledge Of Greens Policy - Panel score for David: 6.7 out of a possible 7.0

Having served as a member of Executive, State Council member and National Council delegate, Greens spokesperson, and elected representative of the Victorian Greens, I feel confident that I have a good knowledge of Greens policy, its evolution, advocates and opponents.

In conjunction with my broad academic background detailed above and its application through my work, my long-standing interest in developing and implementing policy, I believe I have a strong foundation to develop, understand and articulate Green policy.

During my term at Melbourne City Council, I have implemented initiatives from each of the six Australian Greens policy priorities and from each of the twenty-one Victorian Green policy priorities
I keep public records of having developed and put Greens policy into affect on my website as individual pages under the title of ‘100 Green Achievements’ and ‘100 More Green Achievements’, which can be found at http://www.davidrisstrom.org/100GA.html and http://www.davidrisstrom.org/100+GA.html

The information provided about the 100 Green policy achievements to date is, I believe, a good indication of both my knowledge of Greens policy but I also think demonstrates a capacity to translate those ideas in a political context to produce tangible results. I have listed some of them below and provided copies with this application. The charter themes of ecology, democracy, social justice and peace have guided the development of many of these policies.

¸ 1% For Humanity, encouraging personal commitment to reducing world poverty
¸ A $5 Million Sustainable Melbourne Fund, providing $5 million for the community to improve environmental sustainability.
¸ Adopting and Promoting The Earth Charter and United Nations Global Compact
¸ A Green Map for Melbourne
¸ Applying Ethics
¸ Bagging Melbourne (in a nice way) by increasing use of renewable shopping bags.
¸ Bringing the Sustainable Living Fair To Melbourne.
¸ Car fleet with an average fuel consumption of ? 8 litres/100km
¸ City of Melbourne participation in the World Summit on Sustainable Development.
¸ Climate Protection through the most ambitious and most advanced Greenhouse Gas targets in Australia and being on target to achieve them!
¸ Develop and Manage Affordable Social Housing Stock in Inner Melbourne.
¸ Discounted monthly, 6 monthly and yearly MET Tickets for Staff, with agreement from the public transport operators to extend it to the community.
¸ Drug abuse being treated as a health issue, rather than as a law and order problem.
¸ Establishing an Inner City Lending Library
¸ Factoring in economic, social and environmental benefits through the adoption of Triple Bottom Line Governance, before any other government in Victoria, and with more progress achieved than the State Government.
¸ Greening Purchasing Across Australia through MAPS Ltd. and ICLEI
¸ Growing Green: A 50-year plan for Melbourne’s open spaces that stewards long term sustainable planning.
¸ Initiating a process of Indigenous Reconciliation through negotiations for a treaty, land use agreement, establishing an Indigenous Unit within Council, acknowledging Pre-European history and setting a strategy to elect indigenous councillors.
¸ Major Solar Panel Installation in the City of Melbourne
¸ Making the Town Hall the Village Green for Community Involvement, through introducing ideas such as ‘Melbourne Conversations’, now supported by ABC 774.
¸ Melbourne Principles For Sustainable Cities Adopted Internationally
¸ Metropolitan Environment Forum, initiated by me with the support of the City of Melbourne to increase local government co-operation towards sustainability.
¸ Prohibiting Woodchip Sourced Electricity.
¸ People's Forum in the Council Chamber, providing the community the opportunity to absorb the power usually assumed by elected Councillors.
¸ Promoting Peace Over War by engaging the skills and tolerance of our community to promote peace where violence is threatened.
¸ Refugee Justice, by setting policy opposing mandatory detention and calling for landing of the Tampa.
¸ Safe City World Health Organisation Accreditation first in Southern Hemisphere.
¸ Skate Park Facilities in Melbourne.
¸ Sustainable Water Management: A 20 year plan that incorporates the most ambitious water saving targets of any local government in Australia.
¸ Sustaining democracy by increasing the proportion of Council decisions made in open council meetings, limiting commercial-in-confidence, protecting freedom of political expression and successfully moving a motion on GATS at Council and Australian Local Government Association.
¸ Zero Net Emissions from the City of Melbourne by 2020, which following my presentation to APEC in 2002, is to be made available to all Asia-Pacific cities.

I have also provided a copy of an article from my site that was to be published in last year’s Greens newsletter, ‘2002 in Review: Greens in Government Can Make A Real Difference’, outlining my activities for the previous year, and a copy of ‘Cr. David Risstrom’s Articles, Essays and Speeches’, which are available for download from the site.

Demonstrated Knowledge And Experience Of Politics And Political Systems - Panel score for David: 6.7 out of a possible 7.0

I hope my application demonstrates that I have achieved a lot as a Green Councillor at Melbourne City Council, all of which was achieved as the sole elected Green in an often politically volatile environment. This has involved applying a great deal of political persuasion, procedural practice, and the transformation of political theory into practical results.

I believe that a Victorian Green Senator would face similar circumstances, though the Senate position attracts staff support which I have had not had available to me at Melbourne City Council. Having been elected for a number of years, I believe the experience gained in navigating the administrative and practical exigencies of political life is invaluable in using the office effectively, and involves a learning curve over a number of years that many people appear, including myself, initially underestimate.

I have an Arts degree from Melbourne University with majors in politics and social theory, with a first class honours average, during which I had a lot of theoretical exposure to electoral and political systems.

I have been a candidate in nine public elections, including three Melbourne City Council elections, as a Greens Senate candidate in 1996 and Constitutional Convention candidate in 1995, ACF Council in 2000 and 2003, and the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives in 2000 and 2003. I was encouraged to stand as a Senate candidate in the last Federal election, but considered the timing was not right and that I had more to contribute on Melbourne City Council. In the last Melbourne City Council election, as top of the Greens ticket, I received over 10% of the primary vote amongst a field of over 70 candidates, with other major tickets outspending us by up to 40 to 1. In the ICLEI international postal ballot, I received the third highest personal vote out of an international field of 46.

The Australian Electoral Commission in Canberra employed me for three years as an Electoral Education Trainer. My job was to explain electoral systems and the importance of democracy to groups from as broad a spectrum as school groups, to factory workers from Melbourne, to special sessions with the Wik people of the Torres Strait. I conducted over 100 mock elections, conducted a Senate countback analysis of the ACT Senate results, and was second-in-charge at a Victorian and ACT polling booth during two Federal elections. I also developed curriculum materials for students about changing the Constitution.

I am currently (in a bout of temporary insanity perhaps) a member of the Melbourne University Student Union Electoral Tribunal, where I adjudicate as a panel of three on electoral matters.

Demonstrated Public Profile - Panel score for David: 6.5 out of a possible 7.0

Having served four years on Melbourne City Council, I think I have a reasonable public profile. I have twice been the subject of an Andrew Bolt column in the Herald Sun, being provided with the honour of Andrew labelling me as a ‘dopey intellectual’ over my stand on supervised injecting facilities and emphasising drug abuse as a health issue, and as an ‘ecofascist’ for promoting the idea through the 50 year Growing Green policy I initiated that inclusion of Australian plants in Australian landscapes might be appropriate.

I am also proud to be described during the last council election in Crikey on 15 July 2001 as ‘the best-performed councillor last time around’, and have yet to score any criticism from them despite some of my colleagues and former colleagues having experienced otherwise.

As I detailed above, I have done numerous television, radio and newspaper articles. I have probably been quoted in over a hundred newspaper articles, including a good personal profile in the Melbourne Times in 2000.

My role as Melbourne City Councillor, barrister and history of community involvement have allowed me to develop a personal profile with many people that is often unseen in the media. I think this is particularly important for the Greens, given that I think we need to move further into the mindset of being a government providing solutions, rather than focussing on criticisms or appealing through the media for others in power to do something.

My profile has also extended beyond Council through my chairmanship of the Metropolitan Transport Forum, and through establishing and convening the Metropolitan Environment Forum. I am also on the Statewide Municipal Association of Victoria Strategic Environment Advisory Committee, as a Victorian Local Governance Association delegate to the Australian Local Government Association and through the regular interaction of people statewide in functions involving Melbourne as a Capital City Council. I believe I am well known through local government circles, with a reputation for hard working and fairness, amongst staff, as well as elected officials.

Older people are more likely to be aware of my surname through my father’s work as Director of the Taxpayer’s Association of Australia, where prior to economically literate journalists evolving, my father was one of the primary sources of opinion on Federal Budgets and tax matters.

My website has provided a good public record, with growth in visits rising from seven per day in December to 50 per day. Having done Google searches to retrieve articles and information for my website, I am aware there are something like 800 references to my work.

As detailed above, while I became more aware after ending my involvement on air with 3CR, a surprising number of people told me they listened to Thursday Breakfast, particularly for my interviews with Ken Davidson and Richard Bronowski.

Demonstrated Experience In Activism And Campaigning - Panel score for David: 6.8 out of a possible 7.0

One of my most enjoyable campaigning successes was in working for the Victorian National Parks Association in 1989 as a lobbyist to convince the Victorian Parliament to support the creation of Victorian Alpine National Park and for recognition of wilderness as a legitimate land use. Despite repeated attempts over a 35 year period, and some discouragement from my colleagues (Some of whom I recall collectively said good luck, but everyone knew it was never going to happen), I was able to engage with, while opposing, the Mountain Cattlemen’s Association, the then Minister Rob McLellan and many other Liberal and National Party politicians, to bring about the creation of Victoria’s largest national park.

During that period, with my father’s co-operation I organised and distributed materials on tax law and practice that I understand was very useful in the introduction of the differential tax treatment for recycled paper.

My election to Melbourne City Council has in many ways been an exercised in activism and campaigning albeit within a large organisation. As a sole Green Councillor in a very large, powerful and reasonably conservative organisation, I established the Environment, Community and Cultural Development Committee and was appointed as Chair. Since then, through a combination of internal and external activism, often involving informal co-operation with NGOs and others, I am really proud to say in the four years since I began, the City of Melbourne is the most advanced local government in Victoria (and sometimes nationally and internationally) on sustainable water management, greenhouse gas reduction, indigenous reconciliation, long term open space planning, triple bottom line governance and green purchasing

As I detailed above, I have assisted in a number of elections and have been a candidate in nine elections, including three Melbourne City Council elections, as a Greens Senate candidate in 1996 and Constitutional Convention candidate in 1995, ACF Council in 2000 and 2003, and the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives in 2000 and 2003. In the last Melbourne City Council election, as top of the Greens ticket, I received over 10% of the primary vote amongst a field of over 70 candidates, with other major tickets outspending us by up to 40 to 1. In the ICLEI international postal ballot, I received the third highest personal vote out of an international field of 46. I assisted candidates with advice in the last State election, and delivered over 10,000 leaflets to houses and businesses.

I worked very hard behind the scenes concerning S11 in Melbourne. I spoke with Maurice Strong of the WTO in East Germany in an attempt to put social and environment on the World Economic Forum agenda, facilitated Council co-operation with peace groups and unions for alternative voices, got the City of Melbourne to endorse the right to protest, as well as to speak at the Forum, and had the mixed fortune to be strangled by a unprovoked attack by a policeman while demonstrating at S11.

I have had a long tradition of being involved in community campaigns. I have had the good fortune to:
¸ Campaign on motorcycle and road safety issues and be a member of the ‘Bent and Buckled Bikies Bureau’, visiting injured motorcyclists in hospital over a 4 year period;
¸ Camp on the steps of State Parliament during the early Kennett era;
¸ To be involved in the Australian Education Union’s public education campaign;
¸ Defend Victorian Arts Centre-scaling anti-uranium protesters in court;
¸ Being a participant in countless union and social justice demonstrations;
¸ Appearing pro bono in the Citylink case to put air cleaners on the Burnley vent stacks; Working behind the scenes in opening access to the city for peace activists;
¸ Spending three months negotiating with Fretilin and travelling to East Timor in 1989 to meet Xanana Gusmao (unfortunately unsuccessfully), and assisting wherever possible in the campaign thereafter;
¸ Meeting with the Dalai Lama in Melbourne last year;
¸ Travelling to Burma to meet political prisoners, including attempting to meet with Aung San Suu Kyi;
¸ Giving an active voice to activists through my radio programs on 3CR;
¸ Being the second Victorian Council (after Moreland) to secure an anti-GATS motion from Council, and promote it at the Australian Local Governance Association;
¸ Securing Council support and assistance for the Community Legal Centres campaign; Actively negotiating the Toronto Declaration for significant greenhouse gas reductions, which were adopted by over 30 Australian Councils; and,
¸ Bringing together indigenous groups in Melbourne as part of the most significant commitments to a treaty, land use agreement, employment and acknowledgement in Victoria’s history.

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· Cr. David Risstrom's Articles, Essays and Speeches
· Cr. David Risstrom's Community Involvement 2001-Present
· Cr. David Risstrom's 2002 In Review


Initiatives introduced and pursued by Cr. Risstrom:
· $5 Million Sustainable Melbourne Fund.
· Adopting and Promoting The Earth Charter
· Bringing the Sustainable Living Fair To Melbourne
· Establishing The City Of Melbourne's Status as an International Leader in Environmental Sustainability
· Green Map for Melbourne
· Greening Purchasing Across Australia Through MAPS Ltd. and ICLEI
· Growing Green: A 50 year plan for our parks
· Hosting the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives
· ICLEI Water Campaign Pilot
· Indigenous Reconciliation
· Making the Town Hall the Village Green for Community Involvement
· Melbourne as an international environment leader
· Metropolitan Environment Forum
· People's Forum in the Council Chamber
· Setting the most ambitious Greenhouse gas reduction targets in Australia and achieving them!
· Triple Bottom Line Governance
· Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions from the City of Melbourne by 2020


These additional policies, initiated, introduced to Council and pursued by Cr. Risstrom, are now Melbourne City Council policy:
· Applying Ethics
· Discounted Public Transport Tickets for Staff
· Making the Town Hall the Village Green for Community Involvement
· No Woodchip Sourced Power
· Promoting Peace Over War
· Refugee Justice
· Retail and Major Event MET-ticket combinations
· Reusable Carry Bags: Bagging Melbourne (in a nice way)
· Sustainable Water Management: Have your say on a 20 year plan for our water
· Wise Water Management
· 'Your Ideas' Virtual Mailbox

These policies were developed by staff or constituents and pursued by Cr. Risstrom for adoption as Melbourne City Council policy:
· $1 million Social Housing Company to promote affordable housing in the Inner City
· A Central City Lending Library for Melbourne
· Hosting the International Council for Local Environment Initiatives

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