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

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Portfolios

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

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News

Decision to privatise VicRoads a neo-liberal shocker

1 July, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have said the Victorian Labor Government’s decision to sell-off parts of VicRoads is further evidence of their addiction to ...

Greens push for $1 pokie bet limits in Victoria

23 June, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today move to introduce $1 dollar bet limits in pokie venues across the state, in a bid to protect communities from th...

Greens push for gas-free homes in Victoria

21 June, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today introduce a bill that would stop Victoria's planning laws from forcing new homes to connect to gas. The Plann...

Reducing demand on healthcare system would be the best bonus

9 June, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed a state government decision to provide frontline health workers with a $3,000 bonus, saying it helps recognise...

Ellen Sandell to re-contest seat of Melbourne at state election

1 June, 2022 - Staunch climate advocate and local Kensington mum Ellen Sandell has officially announced she will re-contest the seat of Melbourne in the Novembe...

Greens call for 'mask up' campaign as government sleepwalks towards health crisis

27 May, 2022 - As the number of Victorians in hospital with COVID marches steadily higher, hitting 571 today, and new national death data also increases, the Vi...

Inquiry reveals Victoria could go further and faster on renewable energy

26 May, 2022 - A parliamentary inquiry into renewable energy has found that Victoria could be taking further and faster action to transition away from polluting...

Anti-protest bill a blow to Victoria's forests

25 May, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have said they will fight a recently introduced bill that would see protestors threatened with fines and jail time for tryin...

Australian-first push to protect wildlife and ban dangerous rat poisons

24 May, 2022 - In a bid to protect Victoria’s native birds, animals and our pets, the Greens are calling on the Victorian Government to ban the public sale of s...