Greg Barber

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Greg Barber
Greg Barber MLC.jpg
Leader of the Victorian Greens
In office
23 December 2010 – 28 September 2017
Preceded by Party created
Succeeded by Samantha Ratnam
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council
In office
25 November 2006 – 28 September 2017
Succeeded by Samantha Ratnam
Constituency Northern Metropolitan Region
Personal details
Born (1966-08-31) 31 August 1966 (age 51)
Auckland, New Zealand
Nationality Australian
Political party Victorian Greens

Gregory John Barber (born 31 August 1966) is a former Australian politician, who was a Greens member of the Victorian Legislative Council between 2006 and 2017.

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 Prevention of War.[2]

He is brother-in-law[3] to 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] He was re-elected in 2010 with 18.51% of primary votes[5] and in 2014 with 17.43% of the votes.[6]

Greg Barber held the Aboriginal Affairs, Agriculture, Employment, Industrial Relations, Industry, Trade, Ports, Regional Development and Treasury and Finance portfolios for the Victorian Greens.[7]

In December 2010 he was made leader of the Victorian Greens.[8]

On 13 June 2017, it was announced in an email to party members that Barber, and Colleen Hartland, would not be seeking reelection at the 2018 Victorian state election.[9]

On 28 September 2017, Barber announced his immediate resignation from politics, stepping down as leader of the Victorian Greens. Barber's seat in the upper house was filled by Samantha Ratnam, who also replaced Barber as leader of the party.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alcorn, Gay (31 July 2003). "Man about town". The Age. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Elected Greens Victoria: Greg Barber MLC
  3. ^ Whinnett, Ellen (22 November 2006). "Gloves off over deals". Herald Sun. Retrieved 31 May 2009. 
  4. ^ VEC: Northern Metropolitan Region State Election 2006
  5. ^ VEC: State Election 2010 : Northern Metropolitan Region
  6. ^ VEC: State Election 2014: Northern Metropolitan Region
  7. ^ Greens new party room assembles
  8. ^ "Victorian Greens announce leadership, party room structure". The Greens. 21 December 2010. Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. 
  9. ^ Willingham, Richard (13 June 2017). "Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber to quit seat in possible lower house tilt". The Age. Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  10. ^ "Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber quits Parliament". 28 September 2017. 

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