Greg Barber

Greg Barber

Victorian Greens Leader, MLC for Northern Metropolitan

I am the leader of the Victorian Greens. My portfolios include Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Employment, Industrial Relations, Treasury and Finance, Special Minister of State, Industry, Trade, Ports and Regional Development, and I am the Greens spokesperson on Integrity.

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Greg Barber was elected to Yarra City Council in 2002, becoming Australia’s first Green Mayor the following year. In 2006 he was elected as Victorian State Member of Parliament to the Northern Metropolitan region and again in 2010 when he was endorsed within the party room as the Parliamentary leader of the Victorian Greens.

During his time in State Parliament, Greg has immersed himself in the complexities of urban planning and transport matters; in 2009 instigating an inquiry into the failure of train services in rural and metropolitan Melbourne and supporting the Inquiry into Government Decision Making, Consultation and Approval Processes (also known as the Windsor Inquiry). 

Greg also drafted The People Plan with input from transport experts, both local and international, and has fought to introduce anti-corruption legislation to parliament. 

He continues to challenge the government and transport authorities to maximise service delivery, reach and efficiency not just for the metropolitan areas but Victoria as a whole. Greg manages a long list of state portfolios including Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Employment, Industrial Relations, Treasury and Finance, Special Minister of State, Industry, Trade, Ports and Regional Development.

Greg has a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science.

LATEST NEWS FROM Northern Metropolitan


  • Parliamentary study tours

    Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — We are about to start an approximately five-week break between parliamentary sittings, and I am going to be using that opportunity to go on a study tour. I am sure that a number of another members around this place will be doing the same. Politicians do not arrive here knowing everything about everything, and so it is appropriate for us to visit other jurisdictions to learn about both the best and the worst in the way they have been implementing their policies.
  • Appropriation (2015-2016) Bill 2015

    Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — The minister may argue that my question is irrelevant to the scope of the bill. I will argue that my question is absolutely essential to the implementation of this piece of legislation, and it relates to the Auditor-General's continuous request for powers to follow the public dollar.
  • Question without notice- Renewable energy

    Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — My question is for the acting Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water. Recently the Premier wrote to all federal Senate party leaders asking them to support an amendment to remove section 7C from the renewable energy target act; however, when the Greens moved that amendment the federal Labor Party did not actually vote for it.
  • Question without notice- Coal exploration

    Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — My question is to the Minister for Agriculture, also the Minister for Regional Development, Ms Pulford. Four new coal exploration licences were granted last week across some of the prime farmland in Victoria, including in Mirboo North in South Gippsland, plus a retention licence over the Gelliondale area. Did the minister know these licences were to be granted before the information became public?


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