Dr Samantha Ratnam

Northern Metropolitan Legislative Council Victorian Greens
Samantha Ratnam

Meet Samantha

Before entering Parliament, Samantha was a social worker in the fields of drug and alcohol rehabilitation, international development and settlement services. She was also an elected councillor for the City of Moreland and the first Greens Mayor of Moreland. 

Samantha says the threat of climate change and the need for governments to address it urgently made her want to get involved in politics. This is what prompted her to run for local government and then Parliament. 

The priorities Samantha has for her community are to ensure that we act on climate change and address social inequality. She wants to ensure that her constituents’ voices are being heard and represented in the parliament.  

Samantha’s vision for Victoria’s future is that our people and environment are cared for and protected. She believes that we can achieve this with ending our dependence on coal and gas, 100% clean renewable energy, affordable housing for all, investment in public transport and protecting our native forests from logging. 

The areas of public policy that she is most passionate about are addressing climate change, affordable housing and working towards justice for First Nations. In addition, Samantha is committed to reforming our urban planning system so that everyone has access to housing and the environment is nurtured and protected. 

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Positions

  • Leader of The Victorian Greens since October 2017

  • Spokesperson for Gambling since October 2017

  • Spokesperson for Housing and Planning since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Community Services since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Women since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Consumer Affairs since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Multiculturalism since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Local Government since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Industrial Relations since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Animals since December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Aboriginal Affairs October 2017 - December 2017

  • Spokesperson for Employment and Industrial Relations October 2017 - December 2017

  • Spokesperson for Industry and Trade October 2017 - December 2017

  • Spokesperson for Agriculture October 2017 - December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Regional Development October 2017 - December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Planning October 2017 - December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Housing October 2017 - December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Disability October 2017 - December 2018

  • Spokesperson for Veterans October 2017 - December 2018

Committee Memberships

Allowances and Budget Reports

Register of Interest

Electorate office

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