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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Protecting Freedom Of Political Expression In The City Of Melbourne
    to allow leaflets of a political nature to be distributed without a permit The amendment will come into place once the necessary community consultation has been completed Deputy Chair of the Environment Community and Cultural Development Committee Cr David Risstrom said the amendment on handbills was a fine tuning of the local law to ensure there was no unnecessary barriers to freedom of speech or the airing of political beliefs in Melbourne This amendment is simply about excluding political handbills from the need for a permit said Cr Risstrom This change is to the wording of the Activities Local Law 1999 in clause 1 13 which is proposed to be amended as follows Handbill includes a placard notice book pamphlet paper and advertisement other than an advertisement affixed to any building abutting any road or public highway but does not include a newspaper magazine or book sold by a news vendor or other person authorised by the Council nor any handbill FURTHER INFORMATION An interesting corollary to this story arose when I was acting Deputy Mayor of Melbourne I sent an email from my home containing an article written in Green Left Weekly written on the events described above When trying to retrieve the email in the Deputy Mayor s office where I was working the following events arose which I detailed in my News and Views and have reproduced below 12 JANUARY 2003 TWO CENSORSHIPS DON T MAKE A RIGHT Melbourne City Council has appeared to produce the most ironic doubling up of censorship I have experienced since that old scoundrel Goebbles was up to his old tricks during WWII The Council is intending to use a new software filtering system to screen outgoing and incoming e mail someone deems as being unacceptable on the basis of a range of grounds including harassment As soon as I saw the notification about the filtering system I sought clarification from the MCC Governance Department as to exactly what criteria would be applied to deem a communication from within or directed towards our democratic organisation to be unacceptable I didn t receive a reply but being a Friday afternoon I decided the issue could wait until Monday Following a successful local government training day I decided to return to the Deputy Lord Mayor s office to do more work on Sunday afternoon A Google search brought up an old Green Left Weekly story on my stand against two individuals being issued fine notices by council officers under police instruction on 1 May 2001 Although it took three Council meetings and meetings with very senior police Council executives Leigh Hubbard and others to changes Melbourne City Council s by laws to allow leaflets of a political nature to be distributed without requiring council permits and approval the changes were finally made About one year later I think Even though those of us bleeding hearts who believe in old fashioned principles such as freedom of speech and the need to maintain democracy know that

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Recording CouncilLor Comments
    Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS RECORDING COUNCIL MEETINGS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Council meetings are recorded and maintained as a public record TARGET DATE December 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION Councillors frequently make comments that are relevant to the decisions they take in Council This idea is to ensure that where relevant comments are made by Councillors that their is a mechanism and expectation for those comments to be recorded faithfully I proposed this to the Council and it was adopted by the Council The City of Melbourne has continued to adopt this approach now recording Council proceedings on tape and recording the relevant comments in the published minutes This measure in addition to my adopted proposal to record the votes of Councillors on all formal decisions has created a record of accountability previously not available

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Recording Councillor Comments
    Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS RECORDING COUNCILLOR COMMENTS Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Relevant comments of Councillors are recorded in the published minutes of the meeting TARGET DATE December 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION This mandates that the relevant comments of Councillors in Council and Committee are recorded in the minutes of Council and Committee Councillors frequently make comments that are relevant to the decisions they take in Council This idea is to ensure that where relevant comments are made by Councillors that their is a mechanism and expectation for those comments to be recorded faithfully I proposed this to the Council and it was adopted by the Council The City of Melbourne has continued to adopt this approach now recording Council proceedings on tape and recording the relevant comments in the published minutes This measure in addition to my adopted proposal to record the votes of Councillors on all formal

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Recording Votes In Council
    the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS RECORDING VOTES IN COUNCIL Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Votes of Councillors are recorded in all instances without the need for a division being called TARGET DATE December 2002 PROGRESS Achieved DESCRIPTION This mandates that the votes of Councillors in Council and Committee are recorded in all instances Councillors vote in formal Council meetings with rules allowing the majority decision to be carried as the decision of Council Previously Councillor votes were only recorded as for or against if a request for a recording of the votes or a division was formally made This meant most votes were carried without a record of how individual Councillors voted on that decision Given that Councillors were frequently seen to have claimed a position publicly or prior to their election that they did not necessarily support in subsequent votes of Council I felt it would be useful if the practice of recording all votes fo Council were adopted without the need for

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Royal Park Named By The People Of Melbourne
    Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS ROYAL PARK NAMED BY THE PEOPLE OF MELBOURNE Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Royal Park is renamed by the people of Melbourne as the People s Park or with a local indigenous name reflecting its heritage TARGET DATE July 2005 PROGRESS None DESCRIPTION Royal Park is one of the great metropolitan parks

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Smart Sausage Sizzles
    Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS SMART SAUSAGE SIZZLES Achievement Target Date Description Progress Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Sausage sizzles are held as a means of community consultation or for posing a question TARGET DATE February 2006 PROGRESS None DESCRIPTION Smart sausage sizzles are a way of getting

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Women's Participation in Government
    Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS WOMEN S PARTICIPATION IN GOVERNMENT Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT Women are participating in government as equals in all respects and are permitted equal practical opportunities to be selected for public office TARGET DATE November 2004 PROGRESS Some DESCRIPTION Women face many direct and indirect barriers to equal involvement in government The goal of identifying women s application in local government is to increase our awareness of the opportunities available by facilitating fair access to women to political involvement and to reduce the barriers likely to limit their participation The Victorian Greens encourage women s participation in government Eight of Victoria s fourteen Green Councillors are women with many more expected to be elected in 2008 Yarra City Councillors Deborah Di Natale and Jenny Farrar and Maribyrnong Councillors Colleen Hartland and Janet Rice led the way in proving the capacity and competence of Green Councillors with Greater Bendigo Cr Julie Rivendell Moreland Crs Andrea Sharam and Jo Connellan Whitehorse Cr Helen Harris and Yarra Ranges Cr Samantha Dunn now joining the ever growing ranks of Victorian Green Councillors There are many reasons why women are under represented in government though lack of ability is not one of them For those interested in encouraging greater participation of women in local government the Women s Participation in Local Government Coalition WPILGC provides useful information and encouragement to be involved The WPILGC website is available by clicking on the underlined title The Women s Participation

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  • David Risstrom Thinking Environment: Informed Citizens
    Thoughts Thank You To The Beautiful People It s Not Easy Being Green The Victorian Greens Homepage Policies The Australian Greens Charter ARCHIVES BELOW David Risstrom Victorian Greens No 1 Senate Candidate Rosa the Policy Watchdog drives policy David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 07 Jul Sep 07 Apr Jun 07 Jan Mar 07 David Risstrom News Views Oct Dec 06 Jul Sep 06 Apr Jun 06 Jan Mar 06 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 05 Jul Sep 05 Apr Jun 05 Jan Mar 05 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2004 Jul Sep 2004 Apr Jun 2004 Jan Mar 2004 Rosa and Dave s News Views Oct Dec 2003 Jul Sep 2003 Apr Jun 2003 Jan Mar 2003 Rosa and Dave s News Views 2002 Through Green Coloured Glasses 2003 2002 David Risstrom s Community Involvement 2004 2001 2001 1999 Pre 1999 Did Cr Risstrom Deliver on His Promises for 2001 2004 1999 2001 Victorian Local Government Elections 2008 2005 2004 100 MORE GREEN ACHIEVEMENTS INFORMED CITIZENS Achievement Target Date Progress Description Further Information ACHIEVEMENT All residents are offered an email summary of the annual report and regular Council newsletters similar to the Melbourne

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