Tag: Philip Dalidakis

Victoria wants India’s tariff on lentils removed


By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE,19 March: Thirty percent Indian tariffs on chickpea and lentils imposed in January this year and later increased to 60 % are hurting farmers in Victoria and Australia. The issue came up during an update the Victorian Minister for Trade and Investment Hon. Philip Dalidakis gave today relating to his recent visit to India and Sri Lanka at the Victoria Investment Centre.

Talking to SAT, the Minister said,” The issue of tariffs was not raised at the political level but I have asked our High Commissioner in New Delhi to deal with the issue.”

Addressing a select gathering of business and community persons the Minister said “There are huge opportunities for Australia in India. We want to look and grab all the opportunities”

In an obvious indirect reference to Indian tariffs on chickpea and lentils, the Minister said, “Trade is not one way. It is two ways.”


The Minister welcomed the Federal Government’s decision to introduce a new entrepreneur visa which he said will help in business and trade.

The gathering was also addressed by President Australia India Business Council (AIBC), Sheba Nandkeolyar. She explained the role played by the different chapters of AIBC in enhancing business ties between the two countries.

Rashi Kapoor, President AIBC also addressed those gathered and thanked them for attending the event.

Victoria to appoint ‘South Asia Business Commissioner’ in Bangalore


By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 12 June: Victoria has decided to go all out to woo business and trade relations with India and other South Asian countries. The state has decided to appoint a ‘South Asia Business Commissioner’ based in Bangalore. This was disclosed today by Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, Hon. Philip Dalidakis at a media conference for ethnic media at the Parliament House.

“The Andrews Government is also preparing an India strategy,” he said.

The Trade Minister also said building their own wealth is good for new migrants. He also praised international students in Victoria for contributing so much and those going back to home becoming Australia’s Ambassadors in India. This he felt was a great contribution.

It was disclosed there are 175,000 international students in Victoria and it earned $ 7.1 billion from the international education sector.

Earlier, the Trade Minister was introduced by Multicultural Minister Hon. Robin Scott who detailed some of his initiatives including the international student travel discounts, a trade mission to China, Hamer scholarship program and helping companies enter the China market.