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

Long overdue 'cash for cans' scheme will help tackle Victoria's waste crisis

14 April, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s cash for containers scheme and say it will help to significantly clean up our recycli...

Victorian Government sends more ducks to slaughter

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Pill-testing program in Victoria would save lives

7 April, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said that young people will continue to be at risk of drug-related harms until the Andrews Labor Government backs a st...

WA election puts pressure on Victoria to overhaul voting system

7 April, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said the Western Australian state election results have increased the urgency for upper housing voting reform in Victo...

Crib Point gas terminal decision a huge win for the community and the climate

30 March, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s decision to scrap its proposed gas import terminal at Crib Point due to the damaging ...

Greens call on Minister to support renters at risk of homelessness

30 March, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have written to Minister Horne and urged her to ensure no renter is forced into homelessness now that COVID-specific prote...

Minister Wynne's support of dodgy housing deal in Yarra 'heartless'

30 March, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed Yarra Council’s rejection of a development proposal in Abbotsford that would have seen public land ripped fr...

Government should buy Portland smelter, end secret deals

19 March, 2021 - The Greens have called on the state and federal governments to buy the Portland aluminium smelter and retrofit it with green technology to turn...

Greens introduce bill to 'raise the age' in Victoria

18 March, 2021 - The Greens will today introduce legislation in the Victorian Parliament to raise the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 years...