Samantha is the MLC for Northern Metropolitan and the leader of the Victorian Greens.
In 2017, Samantha entered the Victorian Parliament representing the Northern Metropolitan Region in the Legislative Council. As well as being the Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens, she holds the portfolios of Housing, Planning, Disability, Gambling, Veterans’ Affairs, Agriculture and Regional Development.
In her first year as an MP, Samantha has been a champion for social justice and the environment within the parliament. She has actively campaigned to save public housing, reduce gambling harm and support communities to have more control over planning decisions in their neighbourhood.
Prior to entering the Victorian Parliament, Samantha 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 her social work career, she also spent five years as a councillor at the City of Moreland, where she was elected the first Greens Mayor of Moreland in 2015. On council, Samantha worked with her fellow councillors to secure the largest funding commitment to environmental action in order to reduce Moreland’s community carbon emissions to zero. She 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.
Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Social Work with Honours and a PhD in Youth Sociology.
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