Samantha Ratnam

Photography by Julian Meehan

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. 

Contact

Office of Samantha Ratnam

Suite G01, 60 Leicester Street, Carlton, VIC 3053

(03) 9348 2622

Samantha.Ratnam@parliament.vic.gov.au

Portfolios

Housing and Planning
Community Services
Women
Gambling 
Consumer Affairs
Multiculturalism
Local Government
Aboriginal Affairs 
Industrial Relations
Animals

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News

State government running out of excuses to delay action on 'raising the age'

9 June, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the Commission for Children and Young People’s call to raise the age of criminal responsibility in Victoria fr...

Renters at risk of losing homes unless protections are reinstated

2 June, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have called on the state government to reinstate protections for renters during the current lockdown to ensure no renter is ...

Government should provide one-off payment for casual workers during lockdown

28 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have written to the Victorian Government and called on them to provide casual workers with an emergency payment, to ensure t...

Greens second-read 'raise the age' bill one year after global BLM protests

26 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will second-read their ‘raise the age’ bill in Parliament today, which would raise the age of criminal responsibility in Vic...

Greens to continue the fight against Labor's anti-climate EV tax

25 May, 2021 - The Greens have slammed the Victorian Labor’s electric vehicle tax, following its passage in Parliament's upper house tonight, saying it will und...

Essential public workers short-changed in Budget

20 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed major investments in mental health and schools in the 2021/22 state budget, but say the government’s decision ...

Greens' bail bill would reduce over-imprisonment of First Nations people

17 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament next week that would reduce the number of First Nations people held in custody in Victor...

Rezoning tax will help remove incentive for corruption from dodgy developers

15 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed reports that the state government will introduce a land rezoning tax in next week’s Budget, after the Greens p...

EV tax passes lower house, bringing Victoria one step closer to becoming a laughing stock

6 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have urged the upper house to block the Victorian Labor Government’s proposed tax on people who drive electric vehicles, foll...