Samantha Ratnam Greens MLC for Northern Metro

What matters to you

As our local MP, I’m fighting for our community. Please tell me what matters to you most, so I can be your voice in state Parliament.

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Samantha Ratnam Greens MLC for Northern Metro

What matters to you

As our local MP, I’m fighting for our community. Please tell me what matters to you most, so I can be your voice in state Parliament.

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Don’t see your issues here? Tell me what else matters to you.

Hi, I’m Samantha. A Melbourne local, here to represent you in the Victorian Parliament.

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What I’m fighting for

With your support, my Greens colleagues and I have pushed the Government to go further and faster on the issues that matter to our community.

ABOUT ME

I am the Leader of the Victorian Greens and an Upper House MP for the Northern Metropolitan Region

Together, my Greens colleagues and I want to take on the big corporations who are destroying our planet, make sure everyone has a safe and affordable place to call home and empower our kids to grow up knowing that they belong. 

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It’s been a big week!

Thanks everyone for the love and support you’ve sent over the last few days especially 💚

It was a fitting end to a big few days to attend the 4th Tamil Pengal in Australia new year celebrations surrounded by incredible Tamil women changing the world in so many incredible ways.

I’ve been lucky to have had strong and determined women in my own family and community role-model what it was to challenge the status quo and assert their power - sometimes without even being aware of how significant their actions were.

My grandma (Archie) used to recount the sit-in protests she led when conflict and war descended into Sri Lanka’s north. My mother was determined to find peace for her children and led our migration across the world. And I now get the privilege of meeting with many in the Tamil diaspora community here continuing that tradition of leadership.

Thank you @tamilpengalinaustralia for a lovely afternoon showcasing the achievements of women and our Tamil community more broadly.

We have so much to be proud of and I am very proud to be a part of this resilient and determined community✊🏾
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Our campaign to win Wills is going to be HUGE. The major parties might have their dirty coal and gas donors, but we have something much stronger – people power.

The Greens strength is our huge movement of volunteers, transforming politics by connecting with our neighbours and understanding the issues they care about.

We’re kicking off our campaign for Wills on Saturday 4th of May with a HUGE doorknock & BBQ, can you make it?

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering with the Greens, now is the time! Sign up via the link in my bio to find out more.

When we come together, there is nothing we can’t achieve. #LetsWinWills
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If you want change, vote for it.

#LetsWinWills
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It has been a privilege to serve as your Victorian Greens leader for nearly 7 years. I am so proud of the incredible wins we’ve had with the community. 

Together with my state Greens colleagues, we’ve secured the balance of power in the Victorian parliament, and have pushed Labor further and faster on climate, housing and integrity reform, freed up thousands of homes for renters, helped end native forest logging and secured the first inquiry into the threat of far right extremism.

The Victorian Greens team is talented, united, and poised for historic success, and I know that they will continue to hold Labor to account and get action on the housing, climate and cost of living crises.
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For over a decade, I have represented our community on council, as the mayor of Merri-bek, and in state parliament as Leader of the Victorian Greens. I’m honoured to be the Greens candidate for Wills 💚

If you’re worried about the cost of rent, mortgages or food and you think the Labor government is failing to act, you’re not alone. Our community in Wills should be represented by someone who shares our values, not a politician who is reliant on corporate donations and won’t act on the things that matter.

If you live in Brunswick, Coburg, Fawkner & surrounds, you have one of the most powerful votes in the nation. 

We can win here - we need just 1 in 10 people to change their vote to turn this seat Green. I hope you’ll join me on the campaign 💚

www.greensforwills.com
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Greetings from Echuca!

Looking forward to the regional sitting of parliament. Northern Victoria’s sunshine is extra glorious today☀️
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The Brunswick community turned out this morning and made it clear that we want peace and an end to the bombing of Gaza.

Protests like these are happening across the country and won’t stop until Labor listens.

And this movement for peace will only get louder until Palestine is free 🇵🇸
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The Greens’ 2022 inquiry into the rise of far-right extremism sounded the alarm bell on this dangerous movement.

It said governments must invest in social cohesion to combat racist ideologies from taking hold.

Upcoming state and federal budgets must fund community building and anti-racism work for us to prevent these movements taking hold.

#farrightextremism #endracism #antiracism #community #building
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This violence is preventable - and we all have a role to play in ending it. ...

Thank you to the Society for Women Empowerment & Recognition in Australia (SWERA) for a wonderful evening celebrating the upcoming Eid festival and Chand Rat 💚

#EidMubarak
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🎵 🎸Music is life and it’s been a lifeline for so many of our lives 🥁🎶

People ‘my age’ grew up at @theevelynhotel, @cornerhotel, Baraki and now I love a soul gig at The Paris Cat.

What about you, where do you go to listen, dance, share and celebrate music?

Live music venues like these have weaved themselves into the fabric of our communities and make Victoria so vibrant (and cool 😎).

But, they are in trouble. With astronomical hikes in insurance costs, rising rents and cost of living our live music venues are hanging on by a thread. Too many venues have already had to shut their doors.

We need to retain the things we love about our city, that’s why the Greens are asking the State Government to step in and underwrite live music venues’ insurance through the government’s Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA).

The VMIA exists to “cover the people, places and projects that help Victorians thrive” – it’s time to expand the VMIA to provide affordable insurance to our beloved live music venues.

Add your name to our petition calling on the government to save live music in Victoria - linked in bio ⬆️

#SaveLiveMusic #SaveOurScene #music #livemusic
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It was brilliant to catch up with Anasina Gray-Barberio from @engage_pasefika !

Anasina has been a powerhouse of leadership within the Pasefika and broader multicultural community in Melbourne’s north for years.

After working in community and settlement services, including being a founding member of the Multicultural Women’s Alliance Against Family Violence, she helped establish Engage Pasefika to support pacific island communities dealing with intergenerational health inequities. 

Based in Hume in my electorate of Northern Metro, I’ve witnessed the power of this work to connect and transform communities first hand.

Engage Pasefika has been knocking on the doors of politicians and decision makers to advocate for the better funding for grassroots services.

The pacific island community is bearing the brunt of inequality and the looming climate disaster that will fundamentally impact their lives and communities at home. 

Thank you Anasina and Engage Pasefika for your work in our community.

Check out their work here www.engagepasefika.au
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