Martin Pakula

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Martin Pakula

Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Keysborough
Assumed office
29 November 2014
Preceded byNew seat
Member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly
for Lyndhurst
In office
27 April 2013 – 29 November 2014
Preceded byTim Holding
Succeeded bySeat abolished
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 49)
Political partyLabor Party

Martin Philip Pakula (born 7 January 1969) is an Australian politician. He has been an Labor Party member of the Parliament of Victoria since 2006: in the Legislative Council for Western Metropolitan Region from 2006 to 2010, and then in the Legislative Assembly for Lyndhurst (2013–2014) and Keysborough (2014–present). He has been Attorney-General and Minister for Racing in the Andrews Ministry since December 2014. He previously served as Minister for Industrial Relations (2008–2010), Minister for Industry and Trade (2008–2010) and Minister for Public Transport (2010) in the Brumby Ministry.[1]

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 (Melbourne). 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 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.[2][3]

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.[4] Pakula resigned from the Legislative Council on 26 March 2013 to contest Lyndhurst and was successful in retaining the seat for Labor.

On 4 December 2014 he was sworn in as the Victorian Attorney-General.

Personal life[edit]

Pakula is married with two children and is a supporter of the Carlton Football Club.[5] He lives in Black Rock.


  1. ^ "Hon Martin Pakula". Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
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  3. ^ Pakula to inherit transport troubles, The Age, 20 January 2010.
  4. ^ Willingham, Richard (19 March 2013). "Pakula for safe seat". The Age. Retrieved 2013-04-07.
  5. ^ "Martin Pakula MLC". Premier of Victoria. Retrieved 28 October 2010.

External links[edit]

Victorian Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Tim Holding
Member for Lyndhurst
New seat Member for Keysborough
Victorian Legislative Council
Preceded by
New region
Member for Western Metropolitan
Served alongside: Khalil Eideh
Andrew Elsbury
Bernie Finn
Colleen Hartland
Justin Madden
Succeeded by
Cesar Melhem
Political offices
Preceded by
Theo Theophanous
Minister for Industry and Trade
Succeeded by
Jacinta Allan
Preceded by
Lynne Kosky
Minister for Public Transport
Succeeded by
Terry Mulder
Preceded by
Robert Clark
Attorney-General of Victoria
Preceded by
Denis Napthine
Minister for Racing