Samantha Ratnam

Leader of the Victorian Greens, MLC for Northern Metro

I am the MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the leader of the Victorian Greens. 

In 2017, I entered the Victorian Parliament representing the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council. In the 2018 state election, I was re-elected to this position.

As an MP and the Leader of the Victorian Greens, I am a strong advocate for our environment and social justice. I have actively campaigned to save public housing, reduce gambling harm and for stronger action on climate change.

Samantha with community members marching in a rally

Prior to entering the Victorian Parliament, I was a social worker for over 15 years in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development, family services and in settlement services for newly arrived migrants from refugee backgrounds.

Alongside my social work career, I also spent five years as a Councillor at the City of Moreland, where I was elected the first Greens Mayor of Moreland in 2015. On council, I worked with my fellow Councillors to secure the largest funding commitment to environmental action in order to reduce Moreland’s community carbon emissions to zero. I was also integral in increasing the council’s cycling infrastructure budget by 75% in the first year, fought to protect residents’ appeal rights in planning matters and voted against more poker machines in the city.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and a PhD in Youth Sociology.

I believe in putting people first and I'm proud to be part of a party that has never taken money from corporations trying to buy influence - governments should always act in the public good, not in the interests of their corporate mates. 

I want our state to be all it can be by investing in world-class public transport, powering Victoria with 100% clean renewable energy, providing homes for everyone, protecting our forests from logging companies and returning essential services like electricity to public hands. 

Together, my team and I will represent your needs in parliament and build a future for all of us - not just the wealthy few. 


First Nations Justice
Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism
Public and Affordable Housing
Women, Gender Equality and Family Violence
Sustainable Cities and Planning 
Child Protection 

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Publishing ministerial diaries an important, small step in improving Victoria's integrity standards

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30 November, 2023 - The Victorian Greens, the Animal Justice Party, and Legalise Cannabis Victoria will today introduce a joint bill that would establish pill t...

Victorian Labor's refusal to sign on to Murray-Darling Basin plan will leave regional communities high and dry

30 November, 2023 - The Victorian Greens have urged the Victorian Labor Government to sign on to the new Murray-Darling Basin plan, citing concerns that local c...

Consultant spend in Victoria must be slashed not increased: Greens

29 November, 2023 - The Victorian Greens have called on the Victorian Labor Government to slash spending on consultancies, following the release of a new VAGO r...

State inquiry to investigate food affordability and supermarket price gouging

29 November, 2023 - A Victorian Greens’ motion calling for a parliamentary inquiry into the rising cost of groceries and dodgy supermarket price gouging has pas...

Gambling report supports getting dodgy money out of politics

28 November, 2023 - The Victorian Greens have renewed their call on the Victorian Labor Government to ban political donations from the gambling industry, follow...

Greens secure relief for renters: Stronger tax on empty homes means up to 5,000 could be made available as rentals

28 November, 2023 - Thousands of extra empty homes across Melbourne could soon be made available as long-term rentals under changes to Victoria’s vacancy tax se...

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24 November, 2023 - The Victorian Labor Government has revealed wait times for general dental care have remained stubbornly high, as the Greens call for longer-...

Victorian Government considering penalties for consultants like PwC who misuse information

24 November, 2023 - The Victorian Government has revealed for the first time that it is considering penalties for consultants who engage in dodgy behaviour, aft...

Victorian Government still has no plan for survival of 1,500 threatened species

21 November, 2023 - Victoria’s environment department has revealed that 1,500 threatened species are still waiting on action plans being developed, after the de...

Rural kids being left behind in dental health deserts

16 November, 2023 - The Victorian Greens have called on the Victorian Labor Government to urgently address the dental health care deserts across regional Victor...

Greens MP suspended from Parliament over pro-climate selfie

15 November, 2023 - Both Labor and the Liberals have today voted to suspend Greens MP Gabrielle de Vietri from the chamber for refusing to apologise for taking ...