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.

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

02/12/2016

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber has called for the State Government to fast track the establishment of a transition taskforce to prepare for the possible closure of the Portland aluminium smelter.

“We can’t sit around and wait for the company to make decisions before we start preparing for the closure,” Greg Barber said.

“Hazelwood employees and the community received just six months warning that the power station would close. Workers at the smelter in Portland might not even receive that.

Latest Speeches

Thu, 08/12/2016 - 9:00pm

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) — President, on behalf of my Greens party colleagues I would like to wish all members and your good self an enjoyable summer break. We all need the opportunity to relax and recharge. We are human beings just like anybody else, despite what some people might think of us or some of us might think about each other. We are not robots.