Friday 2 November Luncheon

Guest Speaker: Hon. Michael O’Brien, MP 

Topic: Victoria’s Economic Future 

Michael was appointed Shadow Treasurer of Victoria December 2014, having served as Treasurer of Victoria from March 2013 to December 2014. 

As Treasurer, Michael delivered his second Budget on 6 May 2014 with a surplus of $1.3 billion, cut payroll tax, reduced the fire services levy, reduced WorkCover premiums and abolished stamp duty on life insurance products. The Budget funded a record state-shaping $27 billion infrastructure investment including the Melbourne Rail Link (incorporating the Airport Rail Link), the Western section of the East West Link, 13 new schools as well as major hospital upgrades throughout Victoria, and funded stage one of the East West Link. 

Under the Napthine Coalition’s economic leadership Victoria was the only government in the country – federal, state or territory – that had both a budget surplus and a stable AAA credit rating from both major rating agencies. 

As Treasurer, Michael introduced unsolicited proposal guidelines to encourage private sector partnerships with government, reformed fire services funding in Victoria, and secured the sale of Rural Finance Corporation to Bendigo Bank. 

Michael served as Minister for Energy and Resources; Minister for Consumer Affairs; and Minister for Gaming from December 2010 to March 2013.  In the energy and resources portfolio, Michael designed major reforms to the Victorian energy market and led the design and delivery of the Coalition Government’s $750 million powerline bushfire safety program.  

In the consumer affairs and gaming portfolios Michael reformed liquor licensing laws to strengthen compliance and halved liquor licence fees for over 11,000 lower risk clubs and small businesses. He delivered effective and practical measures to support responsible gaming, including establishing the independent Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation and the removal of ATMs from gaming venues.  

He was elected to the Parliament of Victoria as the Member for Malvern in 2006, and secured significant funding for essential upgrades to local state schools; local community emergency services, and the deployment of Protective Services Officers at local train stations.  

Michael was born in Dublin, Ireland in August 1971.  Michael lives in his Malvern electorate with his wife and their two children. He follows the Carlton Football Club and is a keen golfer. 


Date:Friday 2 November 2018 

Venue:The Kelvin Club 14–30 Melbourne Place 

(East-side of Russell Street between Little Collins & Bourke) 

Time:12:30 pm for 12:40 pm 

RSVP:COB Wednesday 31 October 


Note:  A booking fee of $2.30 will be applied. 

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  • Dress code: Business casual (NO DENIM) 
  • Please advise of any dietary requirements well in advance 
  • Due to catering requirements, payment will be required despite non-attendance or cancellation after the RSVP date 
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