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 support long overdue reforms to protect LGBTQ+ staff and students

16 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens look forward to supporting reforms to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination by faith-based organisations. Remov...

Victoria's upper house voting system now the most undemocratic in Australia

16 September, 2021 - Victoria will soon become the only jurisdiction in the country that still uses group voting tickets on Election Day, following Western Aust...

Upper House passes motion allowing MPs to sit online for the first time

15 September, 2021 - The Victorian Parliament’s Upper House has passed a motion that will allow MPs to sit online during the pandemic for the first time, and en...

Victorians wouldn't be unfairly locked up for minor offences, under Greens' bill

14 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will today second-read their ‘bail bill’ in Parliament, which would simplify the state’s strict bail laws and reduce t...

Greens fear government is setting new 'Arden' precinct up to fail

13 September, 2021 - The Victorian Government today released the final Arden Structure Plan, for a new precinct in inner-city Melbourne that the government says...

Victoria must follow WA's lead and end native forest logging

8 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have urged the state government to follow WA’s lead and end native forest logging by 2025, rather than in ten years as ...

Greens move to block gas drilling at the 12 Apostles

7 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens will today introduce a motion to prevent new gas drilling near the 12 Apostles, citing gas as one of the leading causes...

Liberals not fit for Opposition, not fit for office

7 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have said the state Liberals are not fit for Opposition or office, following this morning’s leadership spill. The Gr...

Renters would be protected from eviction and debt, under Greens bill

6 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed news that renters will soon be able to access rent relief grants again, but say that without a ban on evi...

Government must bring home stranded Victorians now

3 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the Premier’s comments today that a home quarantine trial could soon be set up to help return Victorians ...

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

1 September, 2021 - The Victorian Greens have welcomed the state government’s announcement today, but say that now it’s clear many restrictions will last for qu...

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...