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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Samantha Ratnam’s staff here. We wanted to step in from behind the scenes to wish her a happy birthday today ✨🎉Thank you for all you do and being a shining example for so many of us Sam 💚

Here’s to another year of strength in hope and making it a better world for all of us.

Please join us in wishing her a happy birthday!
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Happy IDAHOBIT day 💚❤️🧡💜💚💛

We celebrate the strength, resilience and joy of our LGBTIQA+ community and commit to working to end the discrimination, inequality and injustice that is still experience by the community.
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$2,537 ➡️ that’s how much the average Melbourne household would have been spared over the last year if Labor had implemented a rent freeze.

This is the sort of relief renters need now!

Renters need Labor to act. They cannot leave it up to the rental market to regulate itself. 

Freeze rents now. Build more public housing.

#rentalcrisis #freezerentsnow
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The Victorian parliament has just ruled that we are not allowed to wear keffiyehs or any items that may represent our solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for peace and liberation.

They may try to control what we wear, but they will never be able to silence our words ✊🏾

#freepalestine🇵🇸❤️
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Even Labor’s own members don’t agree with Premier Allan’s public housing destruction plans.

Time to abandon this privatisation agenda and get on with directly building thousands of public homes to ease the worsening housing crisis.

https://www.theage.com.au/politics/victoria/building-unions-labor-branches-clash-with-state-on-housing-towers-demolition-20240512-p5jcvj.html
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It was brilliant to listen to @viet_t_nguyen in conversation with Nam Le speaking about their recent writing works and navigating diasporic identity across these diverse continents.

Thanks @weare_dvan for bringing this event to life and creating opportunities for us to have these conversations that help us better understand our experiences of migration and difference. It was a fantastic evening!
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These stories are heartbreaking, but they are not unique.

No one should be going hungry in a wealthy country like Australia, we have the means to look after people, the community is crying out for it, Labor just needs the political will.
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If you want change, vote for it ✊🏾 ...

We are at the Glenroy Festival today enjoying wonderful conversations with the community and taking in some amazing music 🎶

Come down to Bridget Shortell Reserve in Glenroy and join in the fun!
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Today we gathered for International Workers Memorial Day to remember the 55 workers who died at work or as a result of work over the last year.

It was heartbreaking to think about the devastation their families and communities have endured after their loved ones didn’t return from work.

The safety of workers is all of our business. There is more that we can do to protect workers from harm, including more work needed by governments.

Thanks to Victorian Trades Hall for a moving ceremony and all the work you do to keep workers safe.
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This morning I was at the rally against gendered-based violence, with my daughter Malala. We must take action to stop the epidemic of violence against women. ...

26. That’s the number of women who have been killed by gendered violence this year alone across the country. That’s 1 woman dead every 4 days.

This week we mourn the deaths of Molly Ticehurst and Emma Bates and send our love to their families and communities in this terrible time.

We can’t wait until the death toll reaches 1 woman killed every day before taking action.

And there are things we can do now.

This week we’ve heard politicians call for action but stop short of committing to the work they are responsible for. We need to demand they act or things will continue to get worse.

Family and gendered violence is at its core based in gender inequality and attitudes towards women. Disrespectful and violent relationships thrive in silence, fear and shame. It’s pervasive and impacts us all.

In Victoria, we’ve had a groundbreaking Royal Commission into family violence and some very significant reforms as a result. We applaud the Victorian Government for spearheading this work at a political level. But 8 years after that investigation, it is clear more needs to be done.

The Premier has suggested some changes to sentencing and policing in response to more horrific deaths this week, but we must be careful not to let policing come at the cost of prevention. It’s an easy go-to response for some politicians but it hasn’t worked in isolation.

We know what can reduce violence against women-the Royal Commission was clear. We need to fund and commit to these measures.

In Victoria, the family sector has been crying out for more support and funding. There are things Premier Allan can do right now to respond to the crisis - for a start, fund support services properly and build more public housing because women can’t leave refuges for months on end because there are not enough homes to go to.

If any politician wants to be taken seriously on addressing the family violence crisis, they need to commit to these asks from the sector and more.

No more hand-wringing.

Premier Allan, please act now.
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