David Ritter

CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific

Hi, I’m David Ritter. It is my privilege to lead the team at Greenpeace Australia Pacific, where we are campaigning for a green and peaceful future for all. On this page you can connect with me and find out about what I’m doing in my role as Chief Executive Officer.

I was born in Perth, WA and I’m married with two beaut daughters.  In the past, I’ve worked as a lawyer and an academic, before spending five years with Greenpeace UK.  In July 2012 I came back to Australia to head up Greenpeace Australia Pacific, determined to make our campaigns as effective as possible.

I often write and speak about issues that I care deeply about.  I’ll keep a record of where I am speaking and what I am writing here and you can read a selection of my opinion pieces below. You can also refer to my catalogue at Global Policy, Griffith Review, The Huffington Post and The Drum. It would be great to hear from you, so please let me know if you have any feedback by emailing or by reaching out to me on Facebook and Twitter.

All the best,


Looking West - A panel discussion with David Ritter Thursday 19 March 2015, Sydney.

Join Griffith Review editor Professor Julianne Schultz; Helen Trinca, managing editor of the Australian; David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia Pacific, and Professor Geoff Gallop, former premier of WA and Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney, in a discussion about the history, environment, politics and creative impulses that inform the state.

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Tony Abbott's problem with Australia's most venerable institutions

Standard Page | 8 October, 2014 at 13:10

Should every TV and radio weather presenter in Australia call prime minister Tony Abbott and his advisors for their daily forecast? According to Abbott’s advisor Maurice Newman last week, the Bureau of Meteorology was wrong about, well, the...

Hockey exposes us as fair weather friends

Standard Page | 15 May, 2014 at 17:48

With this Budget, Joe Hockey has signaled to the rest of the planet that Australia expects to free ride on the efforts of others. He has abandoned the core Australian value of being true blue, writes David Ritter.

2014 Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series Keynote

Standard Page | 8 May, 2014 at 15:22

The Voiceless Animal Law Lecture Series is a free event held each year to encourage dialogue around animal law issues.

“The other 62 ounces:” Scrutinizing Coca-Cola’s Global Mission - Part One: ‘No Escape’

Standard Page | 8 May, 2014 at 15:11

David Ritter examines the soft drink giant's attempts to shape the legal and regulatory environment within which it operates.

David Ritter: Independent voices needed to speak truth to power

Standard Page | 8 May, 2014 at 15:08

As the relationship between politics and business in Australia is daily revealed to be more intimate than is good for our country, the importance of truly independent voices becomes critical.

SCOM BOMB – David Ritter of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific

Standard Page | 7 May, 2014 at 15:28

On ScomBomb this week, we’re having a chinwag with David Ritter, CEO of Greenpeace Australia-Pacific. David has often said that Greenpeace is a pro-science and science-communication focussed organisation and we want to dig into that a bit.

“The other 62 ounces:” Scrutinizing Coca-Cola’s Global Mission - Part Two: The coming...

Standard Page | 7 May, 2014 at 15:26

David Ritter considers discontent associated with Coca-Cola’s broader global business strategy, with a focus on the company’s opposition to container deposit recycling.

Best of Times, Worst of Times and End Times: Eight Books about Australia's Past,...

Standard Page | 23 October, 2013 at 17:30

A review of eight books about Australian politics, written by David Ritter and Jessica Panegyres.

The High Court Decides: The Tasmanian Dams Judgment 398-404

Standard Page | 9 September, 2013 at 12:05

Telling Stories explores the interaction between literary culture and the public sphere in Australia, in a series of informative, witty, intelligent and thought-provoking essays. In doing so it unearths the fascinating and changing role that...

Australia, land of market domination

Standard Page | 27 August, 2013 at 10:22

Power remains highly concentrated in many sectors, from banking to the retail food industry. This aggregation of control should be scrutinised.

Book: Contesting Native Title

Standard Page | 23 April, 2013 at 16:52

A comprehensive account of the native title system in Australia, and a balanced assessment of the extent to which it has fulfilled the hopes of Aboriginal communities for land rights.

Book: The Native Title Market

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 12:14

The Native Title Market describes and critically analyses the world of native title agreements between Aboriginal groups and developers that has emerged since the Native Title Act was passed in 1994.

Book: Making Australian History: Perspectives on the Past Since 1788

Standard Page | 26 April, 2013 at 12:18

An in-depth mult-authored collection of articles, documents and original short essays structured around the major themes in Australian History.

A market for a nation: Beyond the neoliberal grind

Standard Page | 16 July, 2013 at 17:21

Griffith Review, Edition 36: Some Provocations, Winter 2012

Queensland a one-party state: Greenpeace

Standard Page | 31 July, 2013 at 14:41

GREENPEACE says Queensland is effectively a one-party state and the LNP government is trying to silence democratic debate.

WA lawyer David Ritter is new head of Greenpeace

Standard Page | 31 July, 2013 at 14:38

A WA-born native title lawyer turned activist has become the new head of Greenpeace.