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

Government must bring home stranded Victorians now

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Government's pathway out of restrictions must include support for disadvantaged Victorians

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Action on Victorian discrimination laws needed on Wear It Purple Day

27 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have called on the Victorian Government to stop delaying action on protecting LGBTQ+ Victorians from discrimination, by r...

Victorian Parliament must continue to sit, should adopt Federal model

26 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said it is vital that Victorian Parliament continue to sit in some form during current and future COVID outbreaks, a...

Government should create a transport plan in response to Infrastructure Victoria strategy

19 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said Infrastructure Victoria’s 30-year strategy should now compel the state government to finally develop and publis...

Victorians stranded interstate should be brought home now: Greens

19 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have called on the Victorian Government to urgently bring home Victorians stranded in NSW, or provide them with financial...

Parliament should return online, Greens say

16 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have called for Parliament to return safely as soon as possible so that urgent reforms can be passed to support those har...

Sex work decriminalisation welcome, and long overdue

13 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the Victorian Government’s announcement today that it will move to decriminalise sex work across the state,...

Criminalising Victorians unable to pay COVID fines risks state's public health response

11 August, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said the Victorian Government is risking our state’s public health response by criminalising disadvantaged groups wh...