Greg Barber

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Greg Barber
MLC
Greg Barber.jpg
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
25 November 2006
Constituency Northern Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1966-08-31) 31 August 1966 (age 48)
New Zealand
Nationality Australian
Political party Victorian Greens

Gregory John "Greg" Barber (born 31 August 1966) is an Australian politician, and Greens member of the Victorian Legislative Council.

Early career[edit]

Barber obtained a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Melbourne Business School and was a successful investor.[1]

He became a corporate campaigner for The Wilderness Society. He was involved in the community campaign which led to the creation of the Plenty Gorge Park. Barber was also media manager for Cities for Climate Protection, and Bicycle Victoria. He has also campaigned for Environment Victoria, the Tenants' Union, and the Medical Association for the Prevention of war.[2]

He is the brother-in-law[3] of Senator Dr Richard Di Natale.

Local politics[edit]

Barber was elected to the City of Yarra Local Council in 2002. He was Chair of Finance of the Council, and in 2003 was elected Mayor. He was the first Australian Greens Mayor of a local government in the country. During his time as Mayor, Barber and his Greens colleagues accomplished an increase in spending on bicycle paths and conducted soil contamination surveys of playgrounds and child care centres. He also organised the planting of street trees, worked on disability discrimination issues, and spoke out against exploitation in the sex industry.[2]

State politics[edit]

Greg Barber, Bob Brown and Brian Walters attending a protest rally in Melbourne

Barber won a seat for the Greens in the Northern Metropolitan Region of the Victorian Legislative Council in the 2006 State election. He received 59,360 primary votes and was elected with 16.48% of the vote.[4]

Barber is a member of the Public Accounts and Estimates Committee, the Select Committee on Gaming Licensing, and the Standing Committee on Finance and Public Administration.

Greg Barber holds the Environment, Finance & Indigenous Affairs Portfolio for the Victorian Greens, this includes: Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Energy & Resources, Finance, Gambling, Major Projects, Planning, Public Transport, Transparency & Governance, Treasurer, Water, Environment & Climate Change.[5]

In December 2010 he was made leader of the Victorian Greens.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alcorn, Gay (July 31, 2003). "Man about town". The Age. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Elected Greens Victoria | Greg Barber MLC http://mps.vic.greens.org.au/gregbarber
  3. ^ Whinnett, Ellen (November 22, 2006). "Gloves off over deals". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  4. ^ VEC: Northern Metropolitan Region State Election 2006 http://vec.vic.gov.au/state2006resultNorthernMetropolitanRegion.html
  5. ^ Elected Greens Victoria | Greg Barber MLC http://mps.vic.greens.org.au/gregbarber
  6. ^ Victorian Greens announce leadership, party room structure The Greens. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 24 December 2010.

See Also[edit]

Politics of Australia

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