Martin Pakula

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Martin Pakula
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Lyndhurst
Incumbent
Assumed office
27 April 2013
Preceded by Tim Holding
Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region
In office
25 November 2006 – 26 March 2013
Personal details
Born (1969-01-07) 7 January 1969 (age 45)
Melbourne, Victoria
Political party Australian Labor Party

Martin Philip Pakula (born 7 January 1969) is an Australian politician and Labor member for Lyndhurst since the Lyndhurst by-election on 27 April 2013. He was a Labor member of the Victorian Legislative Council from 2006 to 2013 and has served in ministerial and shadow ministerial portfolios since 2008.

Early life[edit]

Pakula was born in Melbourne in 1969, the son of immigrants from Poland and Uzbekistan in the USSR. He attended Ormond Primary School and then Haileybury College. Following this, he was accepted to study economics and law at Monash University. During his time at Monash he became a leading member of Victorian Young Labor, joining the Australian Labor Party in 1987. He completed his Bachelor of Economics in 1989 and an Honours Degree in Law in 1991. In his final year, he won the Industrial Relations Law prize.

Professional career[edit]

After graduating from university, Pakula began work at Macpherson and Kelley Solicitors. In 1993, he became an Industrial Officer at the National Union of Workers. He went on to become State Secretary and National Vice President.

In 2005, Pakula unsuccessfully challenged Simon Crean in the ALP preselection for the seat of Hotham. Pakula was then preselected for ALP's third spot for the Western Metropolitan Region and was elected at the 2006 Victorian State Election. Following the election, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Ports under Tim Pallas.

After the resignation of Minister Theo Theophanous in December 2008, Pakula was appointed Minister for Industry and Trade and Minister for Industrial Relations. In January 2010, he replaced Lynne Kosky as Minister for Public Transport following her resignation.[1][2]

On 18 March 2013 he was endorsed as the Labor candidate for the Lyndhurst by-election held on 27 April, caused by the February 2013 resignation of shadow treasurer Tim Holding.[3] Pakula resigned from the Legislative Council on 26 March 2013 to contest Lyndhurst and was successful in retaining the seat for Labor.

Personal life[edit]

Pakula is married with two children and is a supporter of the Carlton Football Club.[4] He lives in Black Rock.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/ministers/martin-pakula-mlc.html
  2. ^ Pakula to inherit transport troubles, The Age, 20 January 2010.
  3. ^ Willingham, Richard (2013-03-19). "Pakula for safe seat". The Age. Retrieved 2013-04-07. 
  4. ^ "Martin Pakula MLC". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 28 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Tim Holding
Member for Lyndhurst
2013–present
Incumbent
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
New region
Member for Western Metropolitan
2006–2013
Served alongside: Khalil Eideh
Andrew Elsbury
Bernie Finn
Colleen Hartland
Justin Madden
Succeeded by
Cesar Melhem
Political offices
Preceded by
Theo Theophanous
Minister for Industrial Relations
(Victoria)

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Richard Dalla-Riva
Minister for Industry and Trade
(Victoria)

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Jacinta Allan
Preceded by
Lynne Kosky
Minister for Public Transport
(Victoria)

2010
Succeeded by
Terry Mulder