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

Essential public workers short-changed in Budget

20 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed major investments in mental health and schools in the 2021/22 state budget, but say the government’s decision ...

Greens' bail bill would reduce over-imprisonment of First Nations people

17 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will introduce a bill to Parliament next week that would reduce the number of First Nations people held in custody in Victor...

Rezoning tax will help remove incentive for corruption from dodgy developers

15 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed reports that the state government will introduce a land rezoning tax in next week’s Budget, after the Greens p...

EV tax passes lower house, bringing Victoria one step closer to becoming a laughing stock

6 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have urged the upper house to block the Victorian Labor Government’s proposed tax on people who drive electric vehicles, foll...

Greens move to scrap Victoria's undemocratic voting system

4 May, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will today introduce a motion calling on the Victorian Labor Government to overhaul the state’s flawed and undemocratic upper...

Government's emissions reduction targets mean two degrees or more of catastrophic global warming

2 May, 2021 - The Victorian Labor Government's emissions reduction targets mean two degrees or more of catastrophic global warming. The government must ...

Government's EV incentives are 'laughable' and will be completely undermined by tax

2 May, 2021 - The Greens have said the Victorian Labor Government must scrap its proposed tax on people who drive electric vehicles if it truly wants to make a ...

One million dollar fine for Crown too little, too late

27 April, 2021 - The Victorian Greens say the fine given to Crown today is too little too late following years of inaction by both the state government and regu...

Greens will oppose any attempt to return to Kennett-era austerity politics

26 April, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have called the state opposition’s budget plan short-sighted and say they will oppose any attempt to return to Kennett-era...