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European Australian Business : 2008
43 Victoria home. This world class sci- ence infrastructure will help grow the national knowledge economy with leading edge scientific and industrial research. A thriving economy and a great place to do business Dynamic businesses and corporations thrive throughout Victoria, making it a most stimulating place to develop and exchange innovative ideas. Victoria offers investors a stable busi- ness environment with AAA credit ratings from both Standard and Poor’s and Moody’s Investor Services, open and transparent financial systems, transparent legal and regulatory environments and strong intellectual property safeguards. Melbourne also has one of the most competitive business environments in the region. The 2006 KPMG report, Competitive Alternatives, found Mel- bourne has the world’s second lowest overall business costs for an interna- tional city of more than two million people. It ranks Melbourne first for low business costs in food process- ing, auto parts and metal machining, plastic products, electronics systems, advanced software and web and multi- media content. Melbourne also serves as a hub con- necting Australia to the Asia-Pacific and beyond with an integrated road, rail, sea and air transport network that enables businesses to readily access national and international markets. Melbourne International Airport is the largest 24-hour, curfew-free, freight and passenger airport in Australia. The Port of Melbourne is Australia’s largest container port, handling almost 40 per cent of the nation’s container trade. Victoria is home to over 5 million people, with over 3.5 million living in Melbourne. It is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. Melbour- nians love fine dining, arts and culture, sports and the natural environment. Victoria is a smart choice for interna- tional businesses wishing to grow and prosper in the global economy. I urge you to witness our state-of-the-art re- search and technology facilities, highly diversified workforce, and advanced manufacturing and cost-competitive infrastructure base. I invite you to consider the opportu- nities for your business to grow in Victoria. Image courtesy of Invest Australia. victoria