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. 

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

Forestry workers would form emergency response team under Greens plan

27 September, 2022 - Forestry workers would be redeployed to an emergency and disaster response team under a Greens plan to end native forest logging in Victori...

Greens call on VicRoads to fix licence loophole

27 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have today written to VicRoads Minister Ben Carroll urging him to protect Victorians from scammers by allowing them to...

Major climate bill shot down by Labor and the Liberals

21 September, 2022 - Both Labor and the Liberals have shot down a Greens bill that would have legislated an end date for coal mining and burning in Victoria of ...

Greens introduce motion to reverse Maroondah Hospital name change

20 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today introduce a motion into the Upper House calling on the Victorian Labor Government to immediately reverse it...

Greens push for state-wide pokies pre-commitment limits

20 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today push to introduce mandatory pre-commitment betting limits on poker machines across the state. This after...

Labor ignores opportunity to address housing crisis with Arden precinct

20 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have called the Victorian Labor Government’s decision not to include mandatory affordable housing in Arden a backwards...

Greens propose $1.3 billion plan to address 'bed block' in our hospital system

15 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have announced a major health policy that would see $1.3 billion dollars invested in beds to help relieve the pressure...

Greens propose $1 billion Zero Extinction Fund

7 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have unveiled their ambitious plan for a one billion dollars per year Zero Extinction Fund to help protect and restore ...

Trans and gender diverse crisis accommodation would be set up in Northcote, under Greens plan

7 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have unveiled their bold plan to establish a community facility in Northcote that would provide crisis accommodation fo...