Food and beverage specialists to drive Victorian investment into Asia

In June, an important step was taken to grow Victorian exports into Asia.

Premier of Victoria’s Chinese Column



Minister for Agriculture and Food Security Peter Walsh announced that three food and beverage specialists would be deployed in China, Malaysia and Indonesia, three key markets for driving Victorian exports into Asia.

The Coalition Government is committed to supporting the State’s food and beverage producers, and know that exports cannot possibly thrive without a profitable agricultural sector. This is why research and development is so vitally important. This $35.4 million announcement is part of the Food to Asia Action Plan, which I was proud to launch in March this year.

This commitment will drive Victoria’s long-term growth into Asia for years to come. Victorian food sector employs about 145,000 Victorians, i.e. one in six jobs in regional and rural Victoria. These investments are about entrenching Victoria’s position as Australia’s leading food and agriculture state.

The three specialists will promote our strong farming and food manufacturing reputations which are our enviable trading advantages of high quality food products to Asia.

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Another record month for public transport performance

Since being elected four years ago, the Coalition has worked hard to improve the public transport system for all Victorians.

This month, I’m proud to say that we have another record month of public transport performance. 92.7 per cent of all Metro train services were on time, ensuring the 25th consecutive month with a punctuality rating above 90 per cent.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder revealed that Metro’s punctuality has increased from 82.7 per cent in May 2010, to now more than 92 per cent. These results show that by putting more money into vital infrastructure upgrades, the Victorian Coalition Government is making Melbourne’s public transport system a better service. Reducing congestion and improving performance will mean less Victorians have to wait on busy platforms.

19,500 more jobs in May

Treasurer Michael O’Brien and I welcomed the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures showing Victoria led the nation in the number of jobs created in the month of May. 19,500 more Victorians found work last month, the strongest result of any Australian States.


Victoria’s unemployment rate has fallen 0.2 percentage points to 6.2 per cent while the participation rate rose by 0.3 percentage points to 64.4 per cent. This means more jobs for people who want to work.

With a triple A credit rating and a $1.3 billion operating surplus, Victoria’s economic status is undoubtedly envied across the country. This month’s employment statistics also reflect that Victoria is a stable environment to find a job. This is especially encouraging news as we near the end of the financial year, in a stronger position than we were this time last year.

There are 77,200 more people employed in Victoria than when the Labor Party was in government. With record funding in infrastructure projects that generate investment, productivity and growth, the Victorian Coalition Government will continue to create new jobs and secure more full time employment for all Victorians.

Denis Napthine, Premier of Victoria


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