DAVID RISSTROM'S ARTICLES ESSAYS AND SPEECHES
This page contains copies of speeches, letters and essays I have written more recently. They are listed by ascending year and then alphabetically. You can access them by clicking on the underlined topics. They should open using Microsoft Word if your computer has it installed. If you have views on the issues I raise in any of these pieces, please free feel to provide feedback by clicking here on firstname.lastname@example.org, or emailing me at the same address.
Copies of Greens media releases I have issued as Victorian Greens Senate candidate are available online and for download by clicking David Risstrom's Media Releases.
Greening Melbourne: 22 Aug 2007: A 10 minute talk given to the Future Sustainability Leaders Program on my project of 'Greening Melbourne' . The presentation concentrates largely on my efforts while a Melbourne City Councillor between 1999 and 2004, but also refers to activities I undertook as Vice President of ICLEI International, as Chair of Melbourne Affordable Housing, and activities while director of various companies during that period. I have provided a copy of the Powerpoint I used as the basis of my presentation, though time did not allow me to use all 21 slides included. (216 Kb PowerPoint document).
The future of Australia’s agriculture is largely up to us: 8 Aug 2007: A 15 minute speech given as part of the Monash University Understandascope series: From roast lamb and three veg. to yak steak and bamboo shoots: Australia's Farms are Under Siege, should we close the Australian Farm Gate? (40 Kb word document).
Integrity in campaigning - Letter to the Editor: 23 Nov 2006: Letter written in response to false and misleading campaigning attributed to the Liberal and Labour Party ahead of the Victorian State election. (20 Kb word document).
If global warming were a crime - Letter to the Editor: 7 November 2006:
Letter written on Melbourne Cup Day about the Federal Government’s water summit. (20 Kb word document).
A Stern message on global warming - Letter to the Editor: 31 October 2006:
Letter in response to the appalling position taken by the Australian Government in ignoring our moral and economic responsibilities for global warming identified in the UK Treasury Stern Report. (24 Kb word document).
The Heat Is On - Letter to the Editor: 30 October 2006:
The heat is on the Federal government in light of the confirmation by the Stern Report of what I and others have campaigned on for years: That climate change will cause more damage than our economy and the planet can bear. (24 Kb word document).
Exceptional circumstances: Australia's global warming negligence - Letter to the Editor: 24 October 2006:
A letter re declarations of exceptional circumstances in response to the global warming induced drought hitting Australia and its farmers. (24 Kb word document).
Response Ability - Book Review: 16 October 2006: Book Review of Frank Fisher's Response Ability, written for publication in the progressive Dissent magazine. 2160 words. (40 Kb word document).
Who Can Afford To Finance A New Digital Television Channel? - Letter to the Editor: 15 July 2006:
A letter in response to the Federal Cabinet changes to Australian media ownership rules. (20 Kb word document).
Our Task In Iraq - Letter to the Editor: 25 June 2006:
A letter in response to the Government’s further deployment of Australian troops in Iraq at the conclusion of their task to protect Japanese technicians. (20 Kb word document).
Green, Local and Strong: 5 March 2006: An article I wrote for the Victorian Greens Newsletter on the growing strength of Greens in local government following the 2005 local government elections. (24 Kb word document).
Government Climate of Denial Sets Low Watermark - Letter to the Editor: 14 February 2006: A letter making connections between the gagging of public servants about the wheat for weapons scandal and the gagging of government scientists on climate change. (24 Kb word document).
Victoria - The Place To Be. Shot - Letter to the Editor: 13 December 2005: A letter in response to the announcement that another bloody duck season will be allowed in Victoria during 2006. (20 Kb word document).
Little Need Left for a Bill of Rights, Rather a Bill of What’s Left - Letter to the Editor: 2 December 2005: A letter to the editor written while listening to the Senate debate on Workplace Relations, on the day Truong Van Nguyen was hanged and following the recent passing of terror and sedition laws by the Australian Parliament. (24 Kb word document).
David Risstrom's submission to the Senate Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005: 7 November 2005: My short submission to the very short Senate Inquiry into the Workplace Relations Amendment (Work Choices) Bill 2005 being conducted by the Employment, Workplace Relations and Education Committee. (36 Kb word document).
Work Choices Razing Working Conditions - Letter to the Editor: 2 November 2005: The introduction of the Work Choices legislation by Industrial Relations Minister Kevin Andrews flags a further shift to the right, and the razing of working conditions. (20 Kb word document).
Mobile Phone Company. What Else?- Letter to the Editor: 17 August 2005: With the full privatisation of Telstra now in the Government’s jumbuck with National Party sanction, what else of our family silver we paid for with our taxes is to be flogged off? (20 Kb word document).
Unfair Isn't OK - Letter to the Editor: 27 May 2005: A letter to the editor in response to the announcement that Australian government employment law changes will mean a majority of Australians will be able to be dismissed from their job unfairly. (32 Kb word document).
Let Them Eat Cake - Letter to the editor: 15 May 2005: A letter to the editor on the unfair share of tax cuts in the 2005 Federal budget. (32 Kb word document).
Conservatives Of Whatever Party - Letter to Crikey.com: 15 April 2005: A letter in reply to Nathan Lambert on the convergence of conservatism in Australian Parliamentary politics (32 Kb word document)
Labor's first Family First Senator - Letter to Crikey.com: 14 April 2005: A letter recounting how the Australian Labor Party elected their first Family First Senator in October 2004.
Media Watch Needs Winding Re Herald Sun’s Misleading Journalism - Letter to Media Watch: 5 April 2005: A letter to ABC TV's Media Watch on the program's failure to report that the Press Council finding that the Herald Sun engaged in ‘irresponsible journalism’ which ‘seriously misled’ readers and damaged the Greens. (18 Kb word document).
Alps Progress Heightens Indigenous Heritage: 4 April 2005: A letter to the editor on the encouraging developments of increased indigenous involvement in the management of the Alpine National Park (32 Kb word document).
David Risstrom's submission to the Commonwealth Parliament Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Affairs inquiry into the 2004 Federal Election: 29 March 2005: My primary submission is that the current Senate voting system risks not adequately reflecting voters’ intentions and that the proposal to allow voters to choose to record preferences above the line would improve the correlation between voter’s intentions and the election of candidates. (80 Kb pdf document).
The Herald Sun seriously misled its readers in the lead up to the 2004 Federal election: 29 March 2005: A letter to the editor following the Herald Sun lost its appeal against the Press Council finding that it engaged in ‘irresponsible journalism’ which ‘seriously misled’ readers and damaged the Greens. (32 Kb word document).
Our Federal Government is a Shameful Disgrace: 19 January 2005: A letter to the editor following the Federal Government claim it will cost $280,000 to repatriate Mamdouh Habib to Australia from Guantanamo Bay. (36 Kb word document).
A Very Conservative Coalition: 17 November 2004: A letter to the editor on Dorothy Dix's and the influence of the conservative coalition of the Coalition and Family First in our Parliament. (30 Kb word document).
The Devil is in the Detail: 14 October 2004: An opinion piece submitted to the Canberra Times on the rise of Family First in the Victorian Senate election. (40 Kb word document).
Co-operation on Climate Change Action Desperately Needed: 10 September 2004: A letter to the editor in response to calls by civic leaders to take action on climate change. (36 Kb word document).
Greens pledge to introduce environmental, social and economic assessment with genuine progress indicators to Commonwealth: 31 August 2004: An opinion piece I wrote ahead of the publication of the national accounts. (36 Kb word document).
A Green Future For Australia: 30 August 2004: A letter to the editor in response to John Howard's attack on the Greens. (28 Kb word document).
Greens make sustainability an election issue: 26 July 2004: An opinion piece published in The Weekly Times following the VFF attack on the Greens. (40 Kb word document).
Private Health Rebate An Expensive Failure: 30 June 2004: A letter to the editor on the failure of the $2.4 billion private health rebate. (36 Kb word document).
Bring Our Troops Home Now: 30 June 2004: I wrote this speech for a Iraq War rally at Federation Square on 30 June 2004. (32 Kb word document).
The Need For Real Security: 24 May 2004: I wrote this article for the June 2004 edition of Waste Management and Environment. (36 Kb word document).
Breaking The Law In Iraq Diminishes Us All: 13 May 2004: A letter to the editor highlighting the hypocrisy in the treatment of Australian citizen David Hicks, while Saddam Hussein is afforded recognition and rights under the Geneva Convention. (36 Kb word document).
Australia Day? Invasion Day?: 14 Jan 2004: A letter to the editor reflecting on what Australia day may and could mean for a more generous Australia. (36 Kb word document).
Bagging Melbourne (in a nice way): 12 Jan 2004: A letter to the editor encouraging The Age's call for the introduction of a plastic bag levy and identifying progress I have made on Melbourne City Council. (36 Kb word document.)
Zero Net Emissions by 2020: Melbourne City Councils Roadmap to a Climate Neutral City: A short article I wrote describing the strategy and its development is shown below and is available as a PDF or word document by clicking on the underlined format you prefer. This article is reproduced on this website on my webpage: Zero Net Greenhouse Gas Emissions For Melbourne by 2020.
Greens in Government Make a Real Difference: An article I wrote for the Greens Victoria Newsletter in October 2000 on Life at Melbourne City Council. This article is reproduced on this website on my webpage: 2002 in Review.
Charter: A short 50 word opinion submitted to the human rights quarterly.
The Greening of the Garden City: An article I wrote for Green Victoria Newsletter in July 2001 on the Greening of Melbourne City Council.
18 Months On: A short article I wrote for Flemington-Kensington Melbourne News in October 2000 reflecting on my first 18 months as a Greens Melbourne City Councillor.
The Metropolitan Environment Forum: Greater Melbourne is Going Green: An article I wrote for Melbourne News in April 2000 on my initiative to establish the Metropolitan Environment Forum.
Greens are Good For Local Government: An article I wrote for the Greens National Magazine in January 2000 on Greens and local Government.
Life at Melbourne City Council is both Green and Good: An article I wrote for the Greens Victoria Newsletter in June 2000 on Life at Melbourne City Council.
Ferries At The Bottom Of The Garden State: 31 December 1999: A cheeky letter to the editor on leaks that developed in an underground Melbourne road tunnel called Citilink. (20 Kb word document).
Is Sustainability Just a Catch Cry For Local Governments Or Are There Real Economic And Social Benefits?: This was written by me and presented to the RMIT Living Cities Lecture Series. This paper is also published in the proceedings documents.
The Peoples Forum: A short article I wrote for Melbourne News on my initiative to introduce the first People's Forum in October 1999 is attached.
December 99 Melbourne News Article: A short article I wrote for Melbourne News during the Drugs Action Plan public consultation in December 1999 is attached.
Greens Boost In Melbourne City Council By-election: An article I wrote for the Greens Victoria Newsletter in February 1998 on the by-election caused by the resignation of David Bardas from Melbourne City Council.
Hot Tip On Climate Change: 5 March 1997: A letter to the editor suggesting that although Australia is a gambling country, some tips are better not followed, which is exactly what the current government is doing in playing down the potential impact of global climate change. (32 Kb word document)
Improving Recycling and Increasing Energy Efficiency in Parliament House, Canberra: 1995: While working as a Senior Researcher with the Senate Select Committee on Superannuation, I made some suggestions to the Australian Parliament for improving recycling and increasing energy efficiency in Parliament House, Canberra. To their credit, many of these suggestions were adopted. (45 Kb word document).
SPEECHES PRESENTED FROM PAPERS I HAVE WRITTEN
Environmental Politics - Whose Job Is It to Build A Good Future?: A short Powerpoint presentation I presented as part of a lecture to a 4th year Environmental Design Melbourne University Architecture class on 9 March 2006. The lecture looked at the multifarious factors leading us to the political situations the world faces today, prompting students to consider the power they have to contribute to a better future (212Kb Powerpoint file).
Advance Australia Fair: 27 Jan 2004: A speech on how fair Australia is to its indigenous inhabitants, made at the opening of the 'Share the Spirit' Songlines Festival in Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, on Australia Day 2004. (44 Kb word document).
Human Designs: This is a short Powerpoint presentation I presented as part of a lecture to a 3rd year Environmental Design Melbourne University Architecture class on 29 March 2003. The lecture considered the role humans play in environmental design, in making design decisions that craft the options of present and future human and non-human habitants. It is available as a 90 Kb Powerpoint download by clicking on the title.
Empowering Australian local governments to implement green purchasing: This speech was written by Geraldine Plas of ICLEI Australia/New Zealand and myself and presented to a conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil on 26 March 2003 on Responsible Consumption, Sustainable Management. It is available as a 150 Kb Powerpoint download by clicking on the title.
Accelerating Local Government Action on Sustainable Development:This speech was written by me and presented to the Victorian Local Government Association report back function on the World Summit on Sustainable development.
Australian Cities Strategies for North-South Co-operation on Climate Change and Twenty Examples of Climate Protection Strategies in Melbourne, Australia: Both of these papers were written for and presented at the 'International Twinning Conference' in Heidelberg, Germany, December 2001. The conference's purpose was to increase co-operation on sustainable development between cities in north and south countries. The Conference was hosted by the City of Heidelberg.
What Local Government Can Do To Cope With Global Warming: This paper was presented for the opening of the Japan Centre for Climate Change Action in Tokyo, Japan in March 2000.
The City Of Melbourne and Local Agenda 21:This paper looks at Local Agenda 21 (LA21) activities in Melbourne, Australia, and their implications for other regions. The paper was presented in English and translated to the International Symposium of Local Authorities in Pusan, Korea in March 2000.
The Democratic Character and Function of the Australian High Court
The Politics of Ecology: Beyond the Limits of Administrative and Economic Rationalism
A Strategy For The Australian Green Movement
Checks and Balances in the Australian System
Occupational Superannuation: Public Policy Plying Private Purses
Catching Corporate Crime in the Act
Profit Making, Population, Patriarchy and the Planet
The Environmental and Public Health Consequences of Lead in Petrol
Human Adaptation to Stratospheric Ozone Depletion and Its Relevance in Light of Global Climate Change
The Response of International Environmental Law to the Potential For Stratospheric Ozone Depletion
Australia's Black Legal History
Women, Ecology and The Law
Webers Theory of Bureaucracy and Modern Society
Land Conservation and the Victorian Alpine National Park
The Positivisation of Modern Law
The Politics of an Ecologically Sustainable Society
An Interpretation of 'Law in Context'
The Environment Question As a Bipartisan Issue in Australian Politics
The Connection Between Inequality and Destruction of the Environment