Samantha Ratnam

Photography by Julian Meehan

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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Stop the Pokies Pain

Pokies are engineered to be addictive. They are programmed by mathematicians so that the house will always win at the end of the day.

Save Public Housing

Everyone Victorian should have a place to call home.


Restoring equity to Victoria’s planning system

30 August, 2018 - Media Release 30/08/2018 The Victorian Greens have pledged to transform the urban planning system as part of their 2018 election campaign. ...

Greens shared values with state’s farmers

20 July, 2018 - Victorian Greens leader Samantha Ratnam will call on the Andrews Government and Liberal National coalition to commit to making the moratorium on...

Transurban taking us for a ride

10 July, 2018 - The Greens are calling for an end to the secrecy over how much money Transurban is making from Victorians. Reports today cast doubts on wheth...

Development Double Standards

6 July, 2018 - The Victorian Greens have criticised the state opposition for moving to protect blue ribbon suburbs while opening up land for “fast-tracked” deve...

Greens warn of militarisation of Victoria’s police force

29 March, 2018 - My adjournment this evening is for the Minister for Police.  I refer to the media event last week staged by Victoria Police revealing their ne...

Greens call for more gambing ad restrictions

8 March, 2018 - I rise to speak on the Gambling Legislation Amendment Bill 2017. The Greens support the intent of this bill, but like the Labor government’s oth...

Stop the sell off of Markham Estate

6 March, 2018 - Victorian Greens spokesperson for housing, Samantha Ratnam, has written to the Minister for Housing, Martin Foley, requesting a meeting to discu...