Breakfast with Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing, Victorian Parliament
30 November 2015
On 30 November, the ANZCCJ hosted a breakfast event with the Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing, at the Grand Hyatt, Tokyo.
The Minister, who was visiting Japan for the first time to attend the 2015 Japan Cup (Horse Racing) and to meet with representatives of the Japanese equine industry, delivered a well-received speech and Q&A regarding the opportunities in Victoria for two-way trade with Japan, especially in the racing industry.
The Minister began by outlining a number of positive aspects of Victoria's economy, such as:
Following this, the Minister referred to the wide range of world class events hosted by Victoria and which are fundamental to the State's tourism industry, especially highlighting the Melbourne Cup. He continued by reflecting on Japan's notable involvement in the racing industry, which he has a strong desire to see increase in the future. The Minister also noted his interest in Japan's rigorous integrity standards in the racing industry, which would be an area of focus during his visit to Japan.
- Its mature and diversified nature, proving resilient to external shocks
- Triple A credit rating and a forecast growth in surplus exceeding AUD 1.2 billion
- Billions of dollars invested in current infrastructure projects, complementing Melbourne's liveability score of 97/100, making it the world's most liveable city (for the fifth consecutive year)
In finishing his presentation, the Minister noted the strength of
Victoria's two-way business connections with Japan, evident through the abundance of Japanese culture and cuisine in the State, as well as Japan's popularity as an international study destination.
He went on to say that the Victorian Government's commitment to the Japanese market is strong, as evidenced by five Ministerial visits by Victorian Ministers in the past twelve months and Melbourne's appointment as the host city of the 2016 Australia Japan Business Cooperation Committee (AJBCC) Conference.
ANZCCJ would like to thank all those who participated in the event, with a special thanks to Hon Martin Pakula, Attorney General and Minister for Racing for addressing our members this morning.
Photos of the event can be viewed here