David Ritter explores power and the sway that money has over our decision-makers. He identifies organised money and organised people as key drivers of change. To rebalance power and force government to decisions that benefit all, he argues, people must be organised.
David Ritter is the Chief Executive Officer of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, an associate of the Sydney Democracy Network at Sydney University and an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Law at the University of Western Australia.
He returned to Australia to take up his current role after campaigning on the global issues of destructive fishing, deforestation and climate change with Greenpeace in London. Prior to joining Greenpeace, David worked as a lawyer practising in general litigation, resources law and native title, before spending a short stint as an academic teacher in law and history.
David has written two books about native title rights; Contesting Native Title (Allen & Unwin, 2009) and The Native Title Market (UWA Publishing, 2009). He is a widely published commentator on politics, law, history and current affairs.
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