Christine Richards - TC '75

Enjoying three successful careers in law, media and government in cities across the globe, Christine Richards describes her career as ‘full of adventure’. After graduating with law and arts degrees from Melbourne University, Christine enjoyed a thirteen-year legal career trying to make law more responsive to people, rather than profit...

Enjoying three successful careers in law, media and government in cities across the globe, Christine Richards describes her career as ‘full of adventure’. After graduating with law and arts degrees from Melbourne University, Christine enjoyed a thirteen-year legal career trying to make law more responsive to people, rather than profit. ‘Starting as a solicitor, I quickly became an advocate for law reform and was appointed as a Law Reform Commissioner in both Victoria and Queensland. I left law in 1995, but I must say I miss the courtroom appearances.’ Christine next embarked on a media career that took her around the world. ‘My broadcasting work started in Sydney at ABC’s 4 Corners on a short-term contract, after which I was offered the opportunity to produce radio and TV across the ABC network. I reported from four capital cities in addition to rural and remote parts of Australia.’ Christine then became Australasian editor of New Internationalist magazine. Her articles cast a spotlight on people muzzled by their governments in Sri Lanka, West Papua, China and Papua New Guinea. Her radio work, both inside and outside the ABC, has won two awards. In 2008 Christine took a detour, initiating a career in local government when she stood for councillor in a Frankston Ward against the then-mayor. She was elected first past the post, and within a year was elected mayor. Within three years she was elected onto the Board of the Victorian Local Governance Association, one of Victoria’s peak local government organisations. During her four year term as a councillor, she was particularly vocal on residents’ issues, better population planning and increased economic development and jobs for her community. Due to the time pressures of trying to juggle business and family responsibilities, Chris chose not to stand for re-election in 2012.

Christine Richards Councillor Frankston Head And Shoulders