Shane Rattenbury

Candidate for Kurrajong

Shane Rattenbury has been a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly since 2008. He is currently the Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Corrections and Justice Health, Justice, Consumer Affairs and Road Safety, and Mental Health.


Inspired by the environmental issues of the 1980’s and 90’s including ozone depletion, Antarctic protection, and logging, Shane became an environmental advocate at a young age. He joined the Greens whilst studying Economics and Law at ANU.

Shane started working for Greenpeace Australia in 1998. In 2005, as head of their global oceans campaign, he led an expedition of ships to Antarctica to confront the Japanese whaling fleet.

In 2007, as International Political Director, Shane led the Greenpeace delegation at climate change negotiations in Bali, which successfully started the process for the next phase of the Kyoto Protocol.

When elected in 2008 Shane became the first Green Speaker of the ACT Legislative Assembly, and the first in any Parliament in the world representing a Green political party.

Through successive Parliamentary Agreements negotiated with ACT Labor Shane has achieved a range of positive Green policy outcomes for Canberrans.

Having lived in Canberra for over thirty years, Shane is currently a proud resident of the Inner North. A keen runner and triathlete, he has competed in events around the world including the Ironman World Championship held in Hawaii.

Shane is a big fan of 80s Aussie pub rock and Aussie hip hop, and also enjoys photography and making the world a better place.