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

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Greens push to get dodgy donations out of local government

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Grim day for native forests as major parties pass anti-protest bill

4 August, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have called today a grim day for native forests following the passage of a Labor bill that will introduce major new fines ...

Victorians owed full inquiry into broken planning system

2 August, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have said the state’s planning system is broken and in urgent need of an overhaul, and will be pushing for a full parliame...

Greens bill to bring Victoria's integrity standards up to scratch

1 August, 2022 - Significant integrity reforms aimed at preventing lobbyists from having undue influence on Ministers in Victoria will be proposed this week und...

Thousands of solar-powered buses to kickstart the clean transport revolution

26 July, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will kick start the clean transport revolution by manufacturing thousands of solar powered, electric buses to create a high...

Parliament is for the Public Good Not Toxic Factionalism

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12 July, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today launch a plan to get one million homes off gas as part of their election campaign for a gas-free Victoria. Th...

Public housing report first test for new Minister

7 July, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have called on the new Housing Minister to urgently implement the recommendations made in the Victorian Ombudsman’s report o...

Decision to privatise VicRoads a neo-liberal shocker

1 July, 2022 - The Victorian Greens have said the Victorian Labor Government’s decision to sell-off parts of VicRoads is further evidence of their addiction to ...

Greens push for $1 pokie bet limits in Victoria

23 June, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today move to introduce $1 dollar bet limits in pokie venues across the state, in a bid to protect communities from th...

Greens push for gas-free homes in Victoria

21 June, 2022 - The Victorian Greens will today introduce a bill that would stop Victoria's planning laws from forcing new homes to connect to gas. The Plann...

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