|Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
27 April 2013
|Preceded by||Tim Holding|
|Member of the Victorian Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region|
25 November 2006 – 26 March 2013
7 January 1969 |
|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.
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.
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.
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. Pakula resigned from the Legislative Council on 26 March 2013 to contest Lyndhurst and was successful in retaining the seat for Labor.
- Pakula to inherit transport troubles, The Age, 20 January 2010.
- Willingham, Richard (2013-03-19). "Pakula for safe seat". The Age. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
- "Martin Pakula MLC". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 28 October 2010.
|Victorian Legislative Assembly|
|Member for Lyndhurst
|Victorian Legislative Council|
|Member for Western Metropolitan
Served alongside: Khalil Eideh
|Minister for Industrial Relations
|Minister for Industry and Trade
|Minister for Public Transport