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. 

Portfolios

Housing and Planning
Community Services
Women
Gambling 
Consumer Affairs
Multiculturalism
Local Government
Aboriginal Affairs 
Industrial Relations
Animals

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News

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...

Push for inquiry into public university laws in Victoria

5 September, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have introduced a motion calling for an inquiry into the suitability of the laws that govern public universities in Vic...

Greens announce further upgrades to South Yarra station upgrade

31 August, 2022 - Victorian Greens MP for Prahran, Sam Hibbins, has announced a local initiative for further upgrades to South Yarra station. Further upgrade...

Governments must act to curb growing threat of far-right extremism

30 August, 2022 - A parliamentary inquiry has found that far-right extremism is a growing threat in Victoria, particularly to multicultural communities. The ...

Greater protections for LGBTIQA+ communities under Greens plan

26 August, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will tonight launch a Rainbow State Action Plan that would see greater protections for LGBTIQA+ communities enshrined in ...

More frequent train and tram services under Greens plan

23 August, 2022 - Victorian commuters would experience a major boost in metropolitan train and tram services under a plan released today by the Greens. Train...

Coal plants would be shut by 2030 under climate bill

15 August, 2022 - Victoria’s three remaining coal plants would be closed within the decade under a significant climate bill set to be introduced by the Greens t...

Bold plan to give Victorian renters a fairer go

11 August, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have launched a bold plan that would increase the power of renters across the state and ensure they have access to long-t...