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DAVID RISSTROM - MEDIA RELEASES
This page contains recent media releases and letters to editors. You can access the full text as a word download by clicking the underlined format to the right of the heading. If you have views on these issues, please provide feedback by clicking here: david@davidrisstrom.org. This page was updated on 30 May 2011.
 
 
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ABC is a service for all Australians - Letter to the Editor

11 August 2010
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The claim that the public broadcasting is an unfair competitor to the commercial media and should be shut down because it is no longer needed is wrong.

 
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FABC calls on Govt to Fund ABC News 24/7

21 January 2010
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Friends of the ABC applauds the ABC's decision to launch a 24-hour television news channel this year.

 
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Arts an ABC Responsibility - Letter to the Editor

2 October 2009
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The ABC will rightfully stand accused of abrogating its responsibilities as a national broadcaster if it cuts its already meagre television arts programming.

 
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The Chaser – the Outcome could be more Damaging than the Skit - Letter to the Editor

11 June 2009
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The Chaser's young producers will have learnt from the community's response to their 'Make a Realistic Wish Foundation' sketch. The proverbial sledge-hammer was not required. The danger now is that the ABC will not take risks in comedy. Bland programming will result and free speech will be jeopardised.

 
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Murdoch Grab For Public Broadcast Funds - Letter to the Editor

2 March 2009
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Sky New's proposal that public broadcasters should compete with the private sector for taxpayer money to set up new television channels (SMH Business 2 March 2009) is absurd.

While it would undoubtedly be in the financial interests of Australia's already wealthy media moguls, like Murdoch, to get their hands on public money and to eliminate public broadcasters as competitors for their audiences, it is clearly not in the community's interest.

 
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Bushfires Highlight Need for ABC - Letter to the Editor

19 February 2009
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Australia has been reminded of the importance of its national broadcaster in tragic circumstances, bushfires that have claimed 201 lives in Victoria.

The ABC is part of the glue that holds this country together. A national broadcaster - one that all Australians know to tune to in times of emergencies and one which has the trust of the nation - cannot suddenly be resurrected if it is eroded and loses its pre-eminent position in Australian life. Any government that allows that to happen, does so at our peril.

 
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Sue Howard's Departure From ABC

19 December 2008
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Friends of the ABC recognises the enormous contribution Sue Howard made to the ABC as a broadcaster.

“However, in her time as head of Radio in more recent years, Friends has been concerned that important qualities of the ABC are being pushed aside,” said David Risstrom, Friends of the ABC (Vic) spokesperson.

 
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ABC & SBS Merger - Letter to the Editor

9 December 2008
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A 'backroom' merger of the ABC and SBS (canvassed by Malcolm Colless in his column Aug 9, 'Taxpayers deserve Partners') would be likely to damage both public broadcasters.

The ABC and SBS provide unique services which are as valuable as any other service that we expect to be funded with our taxes. Their significance grows as the capacity of free-to-air commercial broadcasters to produce diverse, quality information and local content shrinks.

 
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The ABC's Future - Have Your Say - Letter to the Editor

5 December 2008
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If you value the ABC - radio, TV and online - you need to have your say on its future by December 12.

The Government's ABC and SBS Review will influence the type of public broadcaster the ABC becomes - whether or not the ABC will remain commercial-free and accessible to all Australians without charge.

 
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ABC’s Future - Letter to the Editor

24 October 2008
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There is no institution more important to Australia's future than the ABC.

Just as we expect governments to fund other essential services - like defence, health and education - so the Federal Government must fully fund the ABC.

 
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ABC/SBS Board Process needs Opposition Support - Letter to the Editor

17 October 2008
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The Federal Government is to be commended for its announced new process for appointments to the governing bodies of the public broadcasters - one which is transparent and entails the merit-based assessment of applicants at arms-length from government.

 
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The ALP's Family First support results in a blue - Letter to the Editor

4 September 2008
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The ALP machine elected Family First’s Steve Fielding ahead of me as the Victorian Green Senate candidate in 2004, with a Green vote of 8.8% to Family First’s 1.9%.

Is anyone but those within the ALP machine surprised that Steve Fielding is siding with the Coalition to defeat laws that would encourage more efficient cars?

 
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Integrity in campaigning - Letter to the Editor

23 November 2006
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Elections are an infrequent and invaluable opportunity to choose our politicians and the values they carry.

Voters should not be fooled by new found promises of those claiming to be green, while having acted anything but.  If candidates and political parties cannot retain integrity during their election campaign, their election will invariably deliver disappointment to Victorians needing and deserving better.

 
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If global warming were a crime - Letter to the Editor

7 November 2006
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The Cup Day Water Summit was necessary because the responses needed to avoid long-term droughts have been avoided by politicians for years.

For more than one fine day in November, political inaction on global warming will mean many of our cup’s, rather than runneth over, may well run dry.

 
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A Stern message on global warming - letter to the Editor

31 October 2006
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The Stern Review is a stern reminder that failing to act responsibly soon will cost us more than we can afford.

Why is Australia alone with the United States as the only advanced industrial countries refusing to contribute to and build on the current global efforts underpinning the Kyoto Protocol? The answer lies in some people’s short term political gain being more important to them than Australia’s long term future.

 
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The Heat Is On - Letter to the Editor

30 October 2006
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Climate change is the greatest threat to our safety, our economy and our future that we have faced in our lifetimes. 

Our national response to global warming, and the droughts, storms and water shortages it brings, is the most important thing many of us will witness in our lifetime.  In fairness to all, if those able to lead have shown they are not up to the task, it is time we asked them to move on.

 
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Exceptional circumstances: Australia's global warming negligence- Letter to the Editor

24 October 2006
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One exceptional circumstance farmers face is a government than has chosen to mislead Australians about the reality of global warming. 

Doing something about global warming is like stopping smoking.  It may not fix everything, but it does improve your odds.

 
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Who Can Afford To Finance A New Digital Television Channel?- Letter to the Editor

15 July 2006
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As uncertain and perplexing as the government’s new media ownership proposals are, a vital consideration is who of the ‘new entrants to the media market’ can afford to finance a digital channel?

As many were saying before the 2004 election, handing control of the Senate to the government was akin to handing over the remote control to our media. TV guide highlights now include Backpocket Blitz – Your Work Choices to sign or be sacked, ‘The Uncollectors’ - How to Privatise Anything That Moves, Nuclear Families, Big Brother John and of course, the Stock Market Report.

 
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Our Task In Iraq - Letter to the Editor

25 June 2006
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With John Howard promising two years ago that Australia’s involvement in Iraq would ‘be months, not years’, our troops repeated redeployment suggests the ‘specific task’ the Prime Minister once spoke of is to do whatever, wherever and for however long American foreign policy dictates.

 
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Night time AFL Grand Final?

1 June 2006

The AFL Grand Final couldn’t possibly be played at night. All the pies would be cold by then.

 
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Government Climate of Denial Sets Low Watermark

14 February 2006
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The Prime Minister identified that his government’s silencing of our public servants in Senate estimates is not as novel as it should be. 

Unfortunately, as damaging as the Iraqi wheat for oil scandal is likely for Australian farmers, it pales into insignificance when compared with our government’s obfuscation and inaction on climate change. Australian farmers have the right to know, as do all of us, why they have been misled.

 
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Victoria - The Place To Be. Shot

13 December 2005
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Another bloody duck shooting season announced.

Victoria - The Place to Be. Shot.

 
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Little Need Left for a Bill of Rights, Rather a Bill of What’s Left

2 December 2005
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Industrial relations, terror-threatening laws, and sedition laws signal that what many assumed as rights are under attack.

With much of what Australian’s assumed to be the progress of a civilised society under attack, the call for a ‘Bill of Rights’ may soon be better described a ‘Bill Of What’s Left’.

 
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Maribyrnong Elects Green Mayor Janet Rice

30 November 2005
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Maribyrnong City Council has elected the west’s first Green Mayor, Cr. Janet Rice.

Cr. Rice was elected Mayor by her colleagues at a Special Council meeting on Wednesday 30 November 2005, following her re-election to Maribyrnong City Council this week with a stellar 37% primary vote. Mayor Rice is Victoria’s second Green Mayor and Australia’s fourth Green Mayor. Mayor Rice used her Mayoral speech to announce she wanted to “do politics differently” with a strong emphasis on participatory democracy.

 
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Greens Greet New Green local government voices in metro and regional Victoria
27 November 2005
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Greens have been elected to Maribyrnong, Moonee Valley, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges Councils, with pending results bringing potential wins in Brimbank, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander.

On current votes the newly elected Green Crs are Janet Rice – Maribyrnong City; Ben Opie – Moonee Valley City; Helen Harris OAM – Whitehorse City and Samantha Dunn – Yarra Ranges Shire. Those waiting final counting are Miles Dymott – Brimbank, Megan Hannes-Patterson and Kate Lawrence in Macedon Ranges and Philip Schier in Mount Alexander Shire.

These results could bring the increase of Victoria Green Councillors from 10 to 17.

 
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Work Choices Razing Working Conditions - Letter to the Editor
2 November 2005
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Kevin Andrews is right, in more ways than one. Introducing the Government’s most radical changes to working conditions since Federation, he said Work Choices was all about ‘raising’ working conditions.

Given the Americanisation of both our language and workplace relations, the law would more aptly be described as ‘razing’ work conditions.

 
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The People's Park - Letter to the Editor
9 September 2005
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The Crown in right of the Victorian Government first pinched Royal Park’s open space for the Hockey and Netball Centre, then the Games Village, now the Children’s Hospital.  Perhaps tomorrow, a freeway. Paving over parks is cheaper for Governments than investing in them, as bean counters, Joni Mitchell and yellow taxis know. 

Seriously, its time the Crown began building up our public open space treasures, rather than raid them, and lent its support for Royal Park becoming The People’s Park.  In name and nature.

 
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Mobile Phone Company. What Else?- Letter to the Editor
17 August 2005
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The Federal Government professes to value families. That may well translate to the Government sizing up the family silver so it can sell it off in its drive to transfer public debt to household debt.

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? Medibank Private? Aussie Post?  Who knows? It appears everything is up for grabs in the most radical privatisation push Australia has seen for years.

 
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Unfair Isn't OK - Letter to the Editor
27 May 2005
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The workplace laws the new parliament will pass will allow the majority of employees to be sacked, whether fairly or not.  I suspect many who trusted the government’s election appeals to self interest will be surprised if they are the ones who face the consequences of outlawing redress for unfairness.
 
Many Australians relying on their job security to feed a family or a mortgage will be hoping the ability to be unfairly sacked is meant to apply to someone else.
 
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Let Them Eat Cake - Letter to the Editor
15 May 2005
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Can you imagine your family sharing a cake and the hungriest among you being given a piece 10 times smaller than the others?That is what the budget is proposing.  Richer people will receive tax cuts of over $60 a week, poorer $6. 

It’s hard to imagine treating members of our family in the way we allow our politicians to treat our less fortunate folk.

 
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Conservatives Of Whatever Party - Letter to Crikey
15 April 2005
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Most of us have been eating our Weeties long enough to know there were once Labor and Liberal parties that stood strongly for the ideals associated with their names.  With the conservative controlled Senate installed in July and a convergence of the major parties, Australia could face a future of a two party system choreographed by two dimensional policies with differences that are increasingly paper thin.

The only thing certain about the next three years is that, in whatever guise it takes, the conservatives of whatever party they belong will radically change Australia.

 
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Labor's first Family First Senator - Letter to Crikey
14 April 2005
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Labor’s decision to put Family First ahead of the Greens guaranteed election of their only Senator on a primary vote of less 1.9%, giving the Government a very useful one vote buffer to create a conservative coalition in the Senate.

It is empty rhetoric for Labor to handball political power to a conservative coalition and then to carry on about industrial relations, the full privatisation of Telstra, the emaciation of the Committee system or the dumping of any other meaningful progressive economic, social or environmental policies into the conservatives’ high temperature incinerator.

The ALP can swear on a stack of Bibles that they didn’t want or expect this to happen, but I think they are more capable than that. They knew what they were doing; they took a risk they didn’t need to take and in doing so elected Labor’s first Family First Senator.

 
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Media Watch Needs Winding Re Herald Sun’s Misleading Journalism - Letter to Media Watch
5 April 2005
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As a devout Media Watch watcher, I am surprised that one of the strongest Press Council decisions, about matters which through conservative control of the Senate may now have great implications for media ownership and content, has not been aired on your program.

Perhaps the watch needs winding?

 
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Alps Progress Heightens Indigenous Heritage - Letter to the Editor
4 April 2005
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Melissa Fyfe’s story ‘Aborigines seek bigger say in mountain country’ was a breath of fresh alpine air. Being employed by the Victorian National Parks Association in 1988 to convince the Victorian Parliament to create the Alpine National Park, I had the privilege to witness our political leaders coming together to create an important part of our invaluable heritage. The Alpine National Park was created with a recognition that indigenous knowledge was an invaluable part of that heritage.

 
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The Herald Sun seriously misled its readers in the lead up to the 2004 Federal election - Letter to the Editor
29 March 2005
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The Australian Press Council found a 31 August 2004 Herald Sun article headed ‘Greens back illegal drugs’ to be ‘irresponsible journalism’ which ‘seriously misled’ readers and damaged the Greens. The Herald Sun’s appeal against that decision, the Press Council’s most severe ruling that I am aware of, was rejected.

 
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Our federal government is a shameful disgrace! - Letter to the Editor
19 January 2005
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The Australian government’s poisonous attempts to highlight the transportation costs of returning Mamdouh Habib to Australia are a smoke screen to cover the fact they appeared to do next to nothing to assist an illegally detained Australian citizen and their apparent inability to come to terms with long standing tradition that people should be assumed innocent until proven guilty.

 
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Gunns fire at the Greens
13 January 2005
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Greens Senator Bob Brown will be at the Victorian Supreme Court in Melbourne today (Friday 14th January).  A rally will be held at 1pm in William St outside the Supreme Court.

Tasmanian Forestry giant Gunns will seek $6.3 million worth of damages, alleging that 20 people, including Bob Brown, Peg Putt and the Wilderness Society, have been involved in campaigns against it.

 
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Greens greet new Green local government voices in metro and regional Victoria
27 November 2004
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Greens have been elected to Melbourne, Greater Bendigo, Yarra and Moreland City Councils. On current votes the newly elected Green Crs. are Fraser Brindley - Melbourne; Julie Rivendell and David Jones – Greater Bendigo; Jenny Farrar, Kathleen Maltzahn, Gurm Sekhon and Sivy Orr – Yarra; Josephine Connellan and Andrea Sharam – Moreland.  They join Maribyrnong Crs. Colleen Hartland and Janet Rice in bringing much needed Green voices on behalf of their communities.

 
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Greens proud of open and honest local government election campaign
26 November 2004
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The Greens are proud to have run a strong, honest and open election campaign that will see more Green local councilors serving their communities than ever before.

 
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260,000 Victorians vote for Greens in the Senate but deals deny them
9 November 2004
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Today’s electoral results confirm that despite a Green vote across Victoria of more than four times that of Family First, grubby preference deals with the ALP and Democrats have delivered the sixth Senate seat to Family First.

 
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Voters Beware - a vote for Labor, Liberal or Democrats could be a vote for Family First
8 October 2004
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The Greens number 1 Senate Candidate David Risstrom is making an eleventh hour plea to the electorate to ensure the voting public are aware that, because of preference arrangements, they could be unwittingly delivering key Senate seats to Family First.

 
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Climate Change May Already Be Hurting Farmers
7 October 2004
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One of the world's most respected scientists has highlighted evidence that global warming may already be affecting crop yields, and that there is likely to be worse to come.

 
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Drug abuse rate vindicates Greens sensible policy: Risstrom
6 October 2004
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The soaring rate of drug abuse in young Victorians show the Howard government's rigid policy has failed, said Greens No 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom in Melbourne today. "The Greens harm minimisation policy will save young Australian lives."

 
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Greens step up to sign the 'Pledge' for Indigenous Australians and refugees
6 October 2004
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Greens Senate Candidate David Risstrom and Greens Melbourne House of Representatives candidate Gemma Pinnell will tomorrow join with Indigenous Independent Senate Candidate Richard Frankland and Democrats Senate Candidate Jess Healy at a joint media conference to sign an election 'pledge' designed by Australians for Native Title and Reconciliation in Victoria and the Refugee Action Collective.

The pledge will commit the candidates to a more human policy on asylum seekers, the implementation of the AMA's Healing Hands Report which proposes a $452 Million annual boost to address the health crisis in Indigenous Communities, the establishing of a Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission, and a Bill of Rights.

 
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Greens Boost to Bicycles on Ride to Work Day
5 October 2004
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Greens Victorian No. 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom will continue his tradition of involvement in Bicycle Victoria’s ‘Ride to Work’ Day. Thousands of riders from all over Melbourne will converge on Federation Square tomorrow morning for the annual ‘Ride to Work Day’, where they will be rewarded with a healthy breakfast.

The Greens will negotiate for at least 1 percent of the annual federal transport budget to be allocated to bicycle pathways and facilities.

 
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ALP join dinosaurs in providing a ‘fossilised’ future for Australia
4 October 2004
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The Australian Labor Party today ‘joined the dinosaurs’ in locking in a fossil fuel future, with its announcement of a new $300 million coal to gas power plant in the La Trobe Valley, said Greens Victorian number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom.

 
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Strong support for Greens despite concerted conservative attacks
4 October 2004
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Greens support remains strong despite concerted conservative attacks. Today’s AC Nielsen Age Poll published in The Age shows support for the Greens at 12% in the Senate.

 
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Greens appeal to ‘true liberals’
2 October 2004
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The Greens Lead Senate candidate David Risstrom has issued a late challenge to “true liberals” to cast a protest vote for his party at next weekend’s federal poll.

 
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Greens Take Family First 'Dirty Work' to AEC
29 September 2004
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The Greens Victorian number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom today said he was very disappointed with the action of the Assemblies of God backed Family First Party in launching a dishonest federal advertising campaign against the Greens.

 
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Greens first political party in Australia to advertise through online media
29 September 2004
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The Greens Victorian number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom today said he was proud to be part of a forward thinking progressive political party, demonstrating by the Greens willingness to advertise online throughout the 2004 federal election.

 
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Traditional Liberal Seats Going Marginal
29 September 2004
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The traditional Liberal seat of Kooyong in inner east Melbourne is looking increasingly marginal as voters flock to the Greens.  But in a twist on the 'Doctors Wives' syndrome, Greens number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom and Greens Kooyong candidate Peter Campbell partners are both female doctors.

 
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Howard equivocates on forests
24 September 2004
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David Risstrom No.1 Greens Candidate for the Senate said today “John Howard has recently made some encouraging statements on protecting iconic Tasmanian native forests such as the Tarkine and the Styx, but it looks like he may be now losing his nerve. If Howard caves in on forests due to union and Gunns Limited pressure it will not only be a national disaster, it will be a national disgrace” Mr. Risstrom said.

 
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History in the making, as Greens Take Biggest ever Shot At Goal
24 September 2004
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Greens number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom said today that he is expecting a tip top on-field showing for the national green team that is 'nothing less than history in the making'.

Risstrom said that having spent their time in the Local, District and State Leagues, The Australian Greens have clearly reached critical mass in the National League this election. A series of solid on-field performances and several major league election wins in the Federal Senate and the House of Representatives, have catapulted the Greens to national prominence.

 
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The Greens Senate candidates surge ahead in the polls
22 September 2004
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Victorian Greens number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom today said he was 'very encouraged' by the national Morgan polls indicating surging support for the party. Today’s Morgan Poll indicated the Greens Senate support to have jumped 7.1 percentage points to 12 percent points, resulting in a potential gain of four Senate seats, including new Greens Senators in Victoria and Tasmania.
 
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The Greens Condemn Victorian governments' secret GM crops
21 September 2004
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The Victorian Greens Number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom today expressed disappointment in the Victorian government for conducting GM crop trials in secret in rural Victoria.
 
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Greens Condemn Democrat and Labor Support of Religious Right
20 September 2004
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The Victorian Greens Number 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom today condemned the decision of the ALP and Democrats to preference to the extreme right Family First Party ahead of other progressive parties including the Greens.

 
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Victorian Greens Senate candidate David Risstrom set to become Victoria's first Green Senator
18 September 2004
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For the first time ever the Greens have won crucial Labor Senate preferences in Victoria and nationally, ahead of the Democrats, Coalition, One Nation and other significant minor parties. In addition to the previously announced agreement between the Greens and Democrats to swap Senate preferences ahead of the major parties, it has become even more likely that the Greens will win a Senate seat in Victoria on October 9.

 
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Make Public Transport GST Free - Greens
16 September 2004
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The Greens would take the GST off all forms of public transport, making tram, train, ferry and bus fares 10% cheaper, Greens Senator Bob Brown and lead Victorian Senate candidate David Risstrom said in Melbourne today.

 
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Greens Strongly Oppose Logging in Tasmania
15 September 2004
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The Greens No 1 Senate Candidate for Victoria David Risstrom has joined Greens Senator Bob Brown today in urging Melbourne voters to send a message to Federal Liberal and Labor to save Tasmania's old-growth forests at the ballot box on 9 October.

 
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Risstrom on the Move from Greening Melbourne to Greening Victoria
14 September 2004
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Greens Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom will today make the move from Greening Melbourne City Council to Greening Victoria, where as the Greens No. 1 Senate Candidate, he is likely to be elected to the Australian Senate in the Federal election.

 
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Farmers and Greens Can Be Partners in Sustainable Farming
10 September 2004
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There is plenty of room for the Greens and farmers to work together to address environmental protection,” Greens Senate Candidate David Risstrom said today. Commenting on the call in the Financial Review by the National Farmer’s Federation for government support to farmers for environmental protection work, Councillor Risstrom agreed that sustainable farming is in Australia’s national interests.

 
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Rio Tinto Says Climate Change the World’s Most Serious Environmental Issue
8 September 2004
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The Greens welcome the Rio Tinto view that climate change is a deadly threat to humans and “the most serious environmental issue facing the world.”  Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom said today that comments by the chief of Rio Tinto’s global energy business, Preston Chiaro, reported in Wednesday’s Age are a welcome and honest position.

 
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Green voters Driving Forest Protection Outcomes
8 September 2004
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Victorian Greens No 1 Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom welcomes recent comments by Mark Latham, John Howard, Malcolm Turnbull and Senator Bill Heffernan that Tasmania’s old growth forests must be protected.

 
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Greens Attack Nationals Murray River Claims
3 September 2004
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Australian Greens Senate Candidate for Victoria and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom today attacked claims by the National Party that the Murray River is in better condition than what most people think.

 
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Greens Water Policies About The Long Term
3 September 2004
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“It’s about time that we stopped thinking about water as something that we only have to worry about when there is a drought – or an election,” Melbourne City Councillor and Greens Senate Candidate David Risstrom said today. Commenting on the initiative by Northeast locals in sponsoring a public forum about water issues in Wangaratta on 6 September, Greens Senate Candidate David Risstrom acknowledged that water would be an election issue for many people in the Northeast.

 
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Adelaide Vice Chancellor’s Call for Abolition of University Fees
2 September 2004
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Victorian Greens No. 1 Senate Candidate David Risstrom welcomed comments by the Vice Chancellor of Adelaide University Professor James McWha, that at least one political party opt for low or zero fees for university and open entry to universities. “This is exactly what Greens higher education policy has been for some time”, said Cr. Risstrom.  

 
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Greens pledge to introduce environmental, social and economic assessment with genuine progress indicators to Commonwealth
31 August 2004
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Greens Senate Candidate for Victoria, Cr. David Risstrom, has pledged to present a bill that requires the economic, social and environmental implications of proposed laws to be identified and genuine progress indicators to be published.

 
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Victorian Greens welcome election announcement
29 August 2004
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The announcement today by the Prime Minister John Howard of an 9 October election is his attempt to avoid scrutiny of the children overboard affair in parliament said Australian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria David Risstrom. David Risstrom the No 1 Senate candidate for Victoria represents the best chance of a Victorian Green to be elected to federal parliament. The Greens support is stronger now and than in any previous election and many political commentators are saying that Cr Risstrom is likely to get elected.

 
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People with Disabilities Left Out of Democracy, say Greens
26 August 2004
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The rights of many Australians with disabilities to have their say in the federal election could be restricted if access to polling booths is not improved, said Australian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom.

   
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Risstrom Says Much Will Flow From Alpine Grazing Decision
25 August 2004
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“Cattle grazing in Victorian Alps is increasing fire risk, spoiling our water and costing taxpayers a lot of money. It should be stopped!” says No. 1 Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Nuclear Waste Dump Not An Option
24 August 2004
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Reports that the Federal Government is considering a medium-level nuclear waste dump for Victorian sites require three responses: 1/ The government should publish the list of sites it has considered; 2/ The Prime Minister and Opposition Leader should rule out support for a nuclear waste dump in Victoria; and, 3/ All parties in the upcoming election should commit to extricating Australia from the nuclear waste cycle by banning the import of nuclear waste and ending the export of uranium from Australia.

   
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Victorian Greens oppose freeway tunnel
23 August 2004
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The State Government should rule out another freeway for inner Melbourne, whether above ground or below Royal Park, said Victorian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom.

   
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Australian Greens call for action on Eastern Melbourne transport
23 August 2004
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The federal government should redirect the $425 million held back from the Mitcham-Frankston tollway to public transport improvements in Eastern Melbourne announced David Risstrom Australian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria and Melbourne City Councillor.

   
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Victorian Greens call for Action on Sudan
22 August 2004
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Today at the Victorian Greens State Conference, David Risstrom, Australian Greens Victorian Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor, called on the international community to act immediately to solve the humanitarian crisis in Sudan.

   
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Higher education should be free for all
18 August 2004
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David Risstrom the Australian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria and Melbourne City Councillor today said that the success of Australian Olympians in Athens demonstrates how free education benefits Australia.

"Obviously a public supported sporting education for people who attend the AIS has had great benefits for Australia. We do not expect AIS athletes to pay for their sporting education because we know the investment in a professional sports education system produces world class athletes. Our results at the Olympics demonstrates that".

   
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David Risstrom Welcomes Kevin Andrews Green Risk Assessment
16 August 2004
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Support for the Greens at 11% producing an electoral result putting Labor ahead, has been identified by Coalition front bencher Kevin Andrews as a ‘big risk’ that will effectively result in a ‘Labor-Green coalition running Australia.’

What Mr. Andrews is really saying is that the progressive politics of the Greens is a risk to the Coalition’s re-election, and more of the same old tired policies of yesteryear.

   
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42 Reasons Why The ALP Shouldn't Back In The Liberal's FTA
3 August 2004
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The recommendations of Labor Senators on the Senate Select Committee on the Free Trade Agreement provides 42 reasons not to endorse the FTA, introduced by one statement recommending that ALP Senators agree to it.

   
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FTA a threat to artists and entertainers say Greens
30 July 2004
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The so-called Free Trade Agreement between Australia and the United States is a major threat to the Australian entertainment industry and will 'cancel the show' for Australian artists and entertainers said David Risstrom, Greens Senate candidate for Victoria.

   
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Victorian Greens Make Fahrenheit 911 John Howard’s Celsius 488
20 July 2004
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“A special showing of Michael Moore’s ‘Fahrenheit 911’ at The George Cinema, Fitzroy Street, St. Kilda tonight will see more than 200 avid viewers hoping that the USA focussed Fahrenheit 911 will become an Australian Celsius 488”, said Greens Senate candidate Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Lion Garden Youth Housing A Win For the Community
14 July 2004
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Today’s launch of the Lion Garden Youth Housing Project in the heart of Chinatown, Melbourne is the culmination of a long standing co-operative approach between governments, community groups and philanthropic organisations.

The Lion Garden was made possible by contributions from the Victorian Department of Human Services, the Sydney Myer Centenary Fund, the Lions Club, Gospel Hall, Urban Seed, Melbourne Citymission, the City of Melbourne and Melbourne Affordable Housing.
   
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Greens: VFF better to target solutions rather than attack the messengers
13 July 2004
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“The Greens have made sustainability an election issue.  Nothing will make us back down from that”, said Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom. We believe rural Australia should have a strong long-term future based on sustainable farming, strong regional communities backed by decent services and an investment in local people. The VFF have consistently backed anything-goes free market policies that have sold farmers and their families out for a song.”

   
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Greens support NAIDOC week
9 July 2004
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Today at a march for NAIDOC Week, Cr David Risstrom, the Australian Greens Senate candidate for Victoria, said that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should continue to stand up for their rights to be treated with respect and to fight for self-determination.

   
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Bay Dredging Green Light Premature and Unjustified
5 July 2004
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"The Bracks Government appears to have given bay dredging the green light, but there is nothing green about it", David Risstrom Australian Greens Victorian Senate Candidate said.

   
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Victorian Greens Congratulate the Greens in Victoria
29 June 2004
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The Victorian Greens extend their warm congratulations to the Greens in Victoria (Canada) on their excellent result in the Canadian election. All across Canada the Green vote soared, from less than 1 percent to over 4 percent. The further west you go in Canada the better the Green vote generally got. In Victoria, near Vancouver, the Greens scored 11.7 percent, the second highest result in Canada.

   
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Greens Congratulate Labor Progress On Water Reforms But Catchment Logging Remains An Achilles Heel
25 June 2004
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Greens Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councilor David Risstrom has welcomed the Bracks government's water reform as recognition of the importance of Victoria's waters but claims it does not go far enough.

   
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Government Electoral Shocker Shorts Out Youth Vote
21 June 2004
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“The Government’s attempt to close the rolls to new enrolments on the day they call the election is a crass and cynical move to exclude young people from their right to vote”, said Greens Senate Candidate David Risstrom. “The government wants to send young people to electoral purgatory, because they know young voters are more likely to vote Green than conservative.”

   
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Your Taxes Helping To Eat Victoria's Alps
18 June 2004
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Many Victorians are unaware that their taxes are paying for cattle to use the Victorian Alpine National Park as a fattening paddock for alpine grazing.

   
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A Federal Future For Victoria: Roads To Congestion
7 June 2004
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“The Federal Government’s Auslink land transport scheme is creating a future of more and more roads, more single vehicle car trips, continuing poor public transport and no relief for a transport system embedded in increasingly expensive and scarce fossil fuels”, said Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Private Health Rebate an Expensive Failure - Letter to the Editor
7 June 2004
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The Melbourne Institute of Applied Economics and Social Research report on the failure of the 30% private health insurance rebate confirms what the Greens have been saying and supports our policy to abolish the rebate.

   
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Greens thank Victorians who Rock and Rally to Stand Up For Our Forests
5 June 2004
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The Victorian Greens congratulate the organisers of the Stand Up For The Forests Rally and all Victorians for their heartfelt support for Tasmanian and Victorian forests at the World Environment Day Rally in Melbourne on Sunday 6 June.

   
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The Great Greens Garage Sale on World Environment Day
4 June 2004
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To mark World Environment Day on Saturday June 5, Australian Greens Victoria branches all over Victoria will hold ‘Green Garage Sales’ to raise funds and promote ‘Reducing, Reusing and Recycling.’

   
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Greens call on government to come clean on Coode Island
31 May 2004
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Greens Melbourne City Councillor and Senate Candidate David Risstrom has called on the Victorian Government to come clean on the risks to residents from butadiene gas ships and long term storage on Coode Island.

Councillor Risstrom said there is an urgent need for the public to know what risks they face and whether the Government is protecting their interests.

   
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Coode Island Butadiene Gas Ships An Unacceptable Risk
29 May 2004
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Melbourne City Greens and Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom condemned a proposal to transport highly dangerous butadiene in gas ships up the Yarra and to keep them it storage for decades to come at Coode Island.

Making public the proposal, Greens Cr. Risstrom asked, “Why haven’t the community been made aware of the risks they will face? People have a right to know.”

   
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Labor Challenged Over Tasmania's Forests
28 May 2004
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"Labor is set to endorse Prime Minister John Howard's agreement to cut down, burn and poison the grandest forests in the Southern Hemisphere at the fastest rate in history," said Melbourne City Councillor and Greens Senate candidate, David Risstrom yesterday. “Opposition leader Mark Latham's speech on the environment shows he won't save any of Victoria and Tasmania's threatened iconic forests and wildlife from obliteration, Cr Risstrom said.

   
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$1 Million For Bikes In Melbourne City Council Budget
25 May 2004
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Melbourne City Council has committed $1 million each year for the next two years for bicycle infrastructure and projects in its proposed 2004/5 annual budget. The proposed budget was approved by the Finance, Corporate Services and Governance Committee at Council tonight, and will be distributed for public comment before its final adoption by the Council on 24 June 2004.

Greens Cr. David Risstrom, who rode to the Council meeting on his bicycle, moved the amendment to the proposed budget that was passed by the Committee tonight.
   
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Greens Challenge the Government To Find Indigenous Solutions Not Fault
24 May 2004
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Australian Greens Senate Candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom today called on the federal government to hold talks with Indigenous Australians rather than blaming them for their own disadvantages. Councillor Risstrom said Indigenous people are the most disadvantaged people in Australia, particularly in the areas of health, education and employment.

   
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Melbourne City Council's Greening results in savewater award for Watermark
23 May 2004
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The City Of Melbourne’s ambitious water saving plan ‘Watermark’, which has already produced a 17% reduction in water use in Melbourne, has won the 2004 SaveWater Local Government Award.

   
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Stop Logging in Victorian Native Forests
17 May 2004
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“The Federal Government must act to end logging in Victoria's native forest and catchment areas to protect biodiversity and water yields,” said David Risstrom, Greens Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor."

   
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Breaking The Law In Iraq Diminishes Us All - Letter to the Editor
13 May 2004
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The Howard Government appears relaxed and comfortable that while the rights afforded under the Geneva Convention protect Saddam Hussein, civilian prisoners held in Saddam's former jails are not as fortunate. Similarly, as a supine member of the coalition of the willing, Australia appears to be doing next to nothing to defend the right of an Australian citizen, David Hicks, to lawful detention and the free and fair trial necessary to establish his guilt or otherwise.

   
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Risstrom successfully defends Melbourne Council Arts Program
12 May 2004
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Melbourne City Greens Councillor and Victorian Greens No. 1 Senate candidate David Risstrom defence of independent public art, backed by a strong community campaign, has headed off the potential emaciation of the best local government arts program in Australia.

   
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Federal Budget to Make the Poor Budget Even More
12 May 2004
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“The Federal Budget has totally ignored the most vulnerable, while rewarded high income earners”, said Victorian Greens Lead Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom.

By buying off voters at the expense of the poor, Victoria’s disadvantaged, poor and unemployed will be forced to budget their own measly resources even more”, Cr Risstrom said.  “Income and wealth inequality, which has worsened under both Liberal and Labor governments since the 1980’s is set to become much greater.”

   
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Public art is an ideal worth defending
5 May 2004
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The City of Melbourne funds a strong and independent public art program that has been a substantial contributor to new and emerging artists. The City of Melbourne has provided support to an artist whose work includes statements about the tragic conflict between Israel and Palestine.

“The City of Melbourne should not shy away from defending freedom of opinion. The day that politicians assume unrestrained power to dictate the messages of artists is one when the ideals of democracy are diminished”, Greens No. 1 Victorian Senate Candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom said.
   
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Port Phillip channel deepening a lose-lose prospect
28 Apr 2004
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The Victorian Greens today welcomed the report by the consultants to the channel deepening project saying it confirms what the Greens have been saying all along, that there are no clear wins in the project. “I don't understand how this project will benefit any Victorians,” said Victorian Lead Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councilor David Risstrom.

   
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CSIRO appointment inappropriate
25 Apr 2004
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The Victorian Greens call on the CSIRO to review its decision to appoint Donna Staunton as Communications Director claiming that a person who was formerly a professional defender and apologist of the tobacco industry was inappropriate for such a position.

   
   
Greens now alone in defending unions and workers
23 Apr 2004
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The recent announcement by the Bracks government of further legislative changes to limit the rights of employees to take industrial action demonstrate a dangerous trend in policy, claims Greens candidate for Melbourne Gemma Pinnell.

   
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The high cost of the USA-Australia’s free trade deal
21 Apr 2004
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“The secretly negotiated Australia US Free Trade deal will cost Australia dearly, and the Greens will oppose its implementation”, said Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Greens oppose live sheep trade
21 Apr 2004
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Victorian Greens Senate candidate Dr Berhan Ahmed said today he supports the attempts of protesters at Port of Portland to block the arrival of the live sheep export ships The Como Express and Al Messelah claiming that the practice is inhumane, unnecessary and unhealthy.
   
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The Greens identify key election issues
20 Apr 2004
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Victorian Greens lead Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom stated today that the Victorian Greens have identified climate change, justice for asylum seekers and protection of native forests as key issues for the upcoming Federal election campaign.

   
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Greens support sustainable farming
19 Apr 2004
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Victorian Greens lead Senate candidate David Risstrom has repudiated the Prime Minister's statement made today that the Greens environmental policies are extreme claiming they are just realistic.

   
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Docklands To Be Returned To The City of Melbourne But At What Cost?
18 Apr 2004
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The Victorian Government has announced the Docklands will return to the City of Melbourne, subject to a satisfactory due diligence that demonstrates the extent of assets and liabilities associated with the return. “The return of Docklands to democratic control will be a positive, though two questions remain.  At what cost is the wrongful excision of Docklands from the City of Melbourne to be righted, and why has it taken the Victorian Labor Government 5 years to implement its policy for the Docklands to return to local government control?” said Greens Melbourne City Councillor and Victorian Senate Candidate David Risstrom.

   
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Greens candidates condemn sneak attack on elms at Albert Park
16 Apr 2004
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Victorian Greens lead Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom and  Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports Jo Lewis have condemned the latest deliberate destruction of Melbourne's precious stock of elm trees.

   
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More Cameras Not Making Us More Safe
14 Apr 2004
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Melbourne City Council moved last night to suspend the operation of the Safe City Camera Program pending proof that it is an effective contribution to city safety, and a necessary function for Council to fund. Greens Councillor David Risstrom moved the camera program be suspended after having received the Safe City Cameras Program Evaluation Report 2003.  The report found the cameras “are not perceived to be a strong contributing factor to people feeling safe in the CBD”, Cr. Risstrom said.

   
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Falun Dafa Moomba Apology Forced, Late and Expensive
8 Apr 2004
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"The majority decision of Melbourne City Council to ban Falun Dafa from Moomba has been proven wrong on political, ethical and legal grounds, and has wasted tens of thousands of dollars", said Greens Lead Senate Candidate and Melbourne City Councillor Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Hunter Lovins presents to local governments on their 'natural advantage'
7 Apr 2004
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Cr David Risstrom, City of Melbourne Councillor and Vice President of ICLEI, welcomed Ms Lovins to the event and spoke about the leadership role of Australian local governments. "There are currently 186 Australian councils covering over 75 per cent of our total population that have committed to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 20 per cent before 2010 through the Cities for Climate Protection Program," said Cr Risstrom. "This is an amazing achievement and proves that Australian local governments are already the sustainability leaders in this country," he said.

   
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Indigenous people right to decide on ATSIC
5 Apr 2004
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Victorian Greens lead Senate candidate and Melbourne City Councillor David Risstrom claims that the Howard Government's and Federal Opposition's push to abolish ATSIC demonstrates a serious lack of understanding or consideration of Indigenous Australians and their concerns and needs.

   
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Victoria’s Food Production is GE Free and Should Stay That Way
23 Mar 2004
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“The Western Australian Government should be commended for its decision to ban the release of genetically modified crops but the risks to Victoria’s clean and green GE-free status remain”, said Victorian Greens Senate Candidate Cr. David Risstrom.

   
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Slow Progress for Indigenous Australians
17 Mar 2004
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The Social Justice Report 2003 by the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner reveals that despite some improvements, Indigenous Australians continue to be among the most disadvantage people in our society.

   
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Greens support Victorian ABC workers in sports stand: cancel ABC management's Melbourne Away Game
14 Mar 2004
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Greens Lead Senate Candidate and Melbourne City Councillor Cr. David Risstrom calls on the ABC management to reverse its ridiculous proposal to broadcast Victorian sports out of its Sydney studios.

   
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Border Views Are Critical
5 Feb 2004
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"The things that matter to the towns and communities on the Border will also play a big part in the forthcoming federal election," the Victorian Greens lead senate candidate for Victoria, David Risstrom, said today. "I want to make sure that my campaign represents a country voice."

   
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Australia Day? Invasion Day? - Letter to the Editor
19 Jan 2004
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Australia Day is a chance to reflect that the overwhelmingly majority of us are in some ways refugees of one sort or another from another place. Australia's indigenous people, and its plants and animals have a heritage measured in millennia, but for most of us our pride derives from a much shorter history.

   
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Bagging Melbourne in a Nice Way
14 Jan 2004
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Monday's Age editorial 'When plastic is no longer fantastic' got it in the bag. Australia's love affair with the plastic bag is suffocating our environment and costing each and everyone of us and our environment a great deal. 6.9 billion bags full last year.

   
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Steve Bracks presents 'Money for Nothing' and 'Fellowship of the Ring Roads'
23 Feb 2004
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The State government will today make public the secretly negotiated contracts that hand an extra $1 billion over 5 years to public transport monopolies. Greens transport spokesperson David Risstrom predicted "They will take the cash but keep running a fragmented, B grade service."

   
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Falun Dafa inclusion in Moomba 'a victory for decency'
23 Dec 2003
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The decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Appeal Tribunal to overturn Melbourne City Council’s attempt to exclude Falun Dafa from Moomba is a victory for decency.

 
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Risstrom says 'Point Nepean saved? But still not game, set and match?
19 Dec 2003
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The Greens' lead Senate candidate for Victoria - City of Melbourne Councillor David Risstrom - today congratulated the community campaigners whose persistence and passion seems to have won the day at Pt Nepean.

   

 

 
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