Tag: Victoria

Victorian Premier leads super trade mission to India

By Rajeev Sharma & Neeraj Nanda

New Delhi & Melbourne: The Premier of Victoria Mr. Ted Baillieu is leading the state’s largest-ever trade mission to India this week with more than 220 Victorian companies to boost Victoria’s two-way trade and investment partnership with Indian businesses and the Indian community.
Mr Baillieu said this trade mission would focus on Victoria’s strengths to generate more jobs for Victorians and substantial new export opportunities and investment for Victorian businesses.
“The program will also build on the strengths of the growing Indian community based in Victoria to further broaden cultural ties through tourism, film, education, sport and other linkages,” Mr Baillieu said.
“India’s rapid economic expansion – which saw its GDP grow by 8.5 per cent in 2010-11 – offers significant opportunities to grow Victoria’s trade and investment partnerships with India.
“Victoria is not waiting, but doing everything in its power to capitalise on new opportunities in high growth markets, particularly India and China. There is extraordinary growth occurring and Victoria is moving quickly.
The trade mission will include ten major sectors of the Victorian economy including automotive, aviation and aerospace, cleantech, education, food and beverage, ICT, life sciences, professional services, sustainable urban design and tourism.

Senior economic ministers will also attend the trade mission including Minister for Innovation, Services & Small Business and Tourism & Major Events, Louise Asher, Minister for Manufacturing, Exports & Trade, Richard Dalla-Riva, and Minister for Technology and for the Aviation Industry, Gordon Rich-Phillips.
“More than 300 company and institutional leaders will be a part of this trade mission,” Mr Baillieu said.
A media release from the Premier says, “This mission will build on the successful trade mission to India involving 60 companies that was led in April this year by Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business, Louise Asher. That trade mission is estimated to have generated more than $63 million in new exports, $19 million in capital investment and more than 500 jobs in Victoria.”

The Super Trade Mission will engage with businesses in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Pune from 21 to 26 February.

WikiLeaks.: Australian diplomats saw attacks on students as racially driven -The Hindu

Story by A. Srivathsan in The Hindu, 30-03-2011

CHENNAI: Even as Australian Ministers, politicians and officials were taking the position in public that there was no racial motivation behind the spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia, chiefly in and around Melbourne in the State of Victoria, Australian diplomats were quietly acknowledging to their U.S. counterparts that it was indeed a likely factor. Also, the Australian government’s efforts, in their opinion, had only a limited impact on cooling tempers ( 230335: confidential, October 20, 2009).

The cables were accessed by The Hindu through WikiLeaks

READ FULL STORY IN THE HINDU – http://www.hindu.com/2011/03/30/stories/2011033056181500.htm

VICTORIAN FLOODS: All info at 1300 842 737


The Victorian Government is offering support, shelter and financial assistance for
communities affected by the Victorian floods.

Relief centres are now open in flood affected areas.

For further information call 1300 842 737 or visit www.dhs.vic.gov.au

To donate to the Red Cross Flood Appeal call 1800 811 700 or visit www.redcross.org.au

Additional information for flood affected regions:
Emergency relief centres are located throughout flood affected regions.

Services provided at the relief centres are: shelter, food, first aid, information on public
health, psychological counselling and financial and legal assistance.

People affected by the floods are encouraged to visit their nearest relief centre.

People can locate their closest emergency relief centre by contacting their local council,
calling the SES Flood Information Line on 1300 842 737 or visiting www.dhs.vic.gov.au for a
full list of centres.

‘After the flood packs’, which are full of advice on precautions to take when returning to your
home are also available at relief centres.

People can apply for grants of up to $1,067 per household to help people meet the immediate
basic needs for clothing, food, personal items and shelter.

As flood water has affected drinking water in many homes, the Department of Health advises
against drinking any water that you do not know is safe. Local water authorities will tell you
if tap water is safe or unsafe to drink, use for cooking, cleaning or bathing. If the water is not
safe use bottled, boiled or disinfected water. Boiled water should be boiled for at least three
- Media Release, 19-01-2011

Direct AI flights to Delhi, Mumbai from Melbourne

By our community reporter

Melbourne: You can now fly to Delhi and Mumbai direct from here from November 1. A first in Australia the move is likely to strengthen trade and cultural ties between Victoria and India. Premier John Brumby and Industry and Trade Minister Jacinta Allan today signed a deal with Air India to fly daily direct services between Melbourne and Delhi out of Melbourne Airport, starting from 1 November this year.

According to Mr. Ravi Bhatia, National Vice Chairman, Australia India Business Council (AIBC), “These direct flights are important to support
the growth of Australia- India business and bilateral relationships at all levels. Moreover, Air India’s Melbourne operation will create 78 new jobs in Australia and will significantly reduce travel times between Australia and India.

A Premier’s office media release says, Mr Brumby said Air India’s decision to make Melbourne the destination for its first direct international flights to Australia was recognition of Victoria being Australia’s premier destination for Indian tourists and businesses.
Tourism Research Australia late last year showed a 17.4 percent increase in visitors from India to Victoria in the year to March 2010.

Defensive Brumby offers to meet Indian envoy

By Melbourne news bureau
Melbourne: Victorian Premier John Brumby has expressed willingness to meet Indian High Commissioner Mrs. Sujatha Singh to brief her on the progress that had been made, including boosting police patrols in high risk areas like railway stations and toughening up police powers to search for weapons.
‘‘I’ll be able to inform her of all of these things and again to reassure her that Victoria is a much safer place than other places in Australia and indeed around the world,’’ Mr Brumby told reporters today.
Mr Brumby mooted a possible Indian taskforce to address racial attacks but said it would merely formalise work already occurring, reports The Age.
He will meet with cricketer Shane Warne tomorrow to discuss promotion of Australia in the sub-continent, including a possible friendship cricket game.
Earlier, Mr. Brumby had slammed the India for unbalanced reporting on the attacks.