Martin Pakula MLC
Minister for Public Transport and Industrial Relations
Martin’s family migrated to Australia in the 1930’s and 1940’s from Poland and the USSR, and Martin was born in Melbourne in 1969, the eldest of 3 children.
Martin was educated at Ormond Primary School and Haileybury College. He went to University at Monash where he completed an Economics Degree (1989), and an Honours Degree in Law (1991) winning the Industrial Relations Law prize in his final year.
From there he served Articles at Macpherson and Kelley Solicitors before joining the National Union of Workers, where he was an Industrial Officer (1993 - 2000), Assistant State Secretary (2000 - 2004) and State Secretary and National Vice President (2004 - 2006).
Martin also served as a Trustee Director of Labour Union Cooperative Retirement Fund (LUCRF), and was a member of the Professional Footballers Association (PFA) Advisory Board and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
In 2006, Martin was elected to the Legislative Council as the member for Western Metropolitan Region and was appointed Parliamentary Secretary for Transport. In 2007, Premier Brumby appointed him Parliamentary Secretary for Roads and Ports.
A keen football and racing fan, Martin has been a member of the Carlton Football Club for more than 25 years and is also a member of the VRC. He is married with two children.