Division of La Trobe

The Division of La Trobe is an Australian Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. It is located in the outer eastern/south-eastern suburbs of Melbourne. As of 2005, the division is roughly Y-shaped, centred on the Cardinia Reservoir. It includes the suburbs of Boronia, Belgrave and Ferntree Gully in the north-west, the suburbs of Berwick, Beaconsfield and Officer in the south, and the towns of Gembrook, Emerald and Cockatoo.

La Trobe
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of La Trobe in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
Created1949
MPJason Wood
PartyLiberal
NamesakeCharles La Trobe
Electors110,740 (2019)
Area748 km2 (288.8 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan

History

The division was proclaimed at the redistribution of 11 May 1949, and was first contested at the 1949 election. It was named after Charles La Trobe, the first Lieutenant-Governor of Victoria. It was originally located closer to the city, but redistributions moved it further south-east. It originally included the suburbs of Croydon, Dandenong, Ferntree Gully and Ringwood. The division is currently a marginal Liberal seat.

The first person to hold the seat was Richard Casey, Baron Casey, later the sixteenth Governor-General of Australia and the last of three Australian politicians to be elevated to the British House of Lords. The Division of Casey, which borders this Division to the north, is named after him. In 1961, the division was the subject of a book, Parties and People: A Survey Based on the La Trobe Electorate, by Creighton Burns.

Members

Image Member Party Term Notes
  Richard Casey
(1890–1976)
Liberal 10 December 1949
10 February 1960
Previously held the Division of Corio. Served as minister under Menzies. Resigned in order to take up a seat in the British House of Lords
  John Jess
(1922–2003)
Liberal 9 April 1960
2 December 1972
Lost seat
  Tony Lamb
(1939–)
Labor 2 December 1972
13 December 1975
Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Streeton in 1984
  Marshall Baillieu
(1937–)
Liberal 13 December 1975
18 October 1980
Lost seat
  Peter Milton
(1928–2009)
Labor 18 October 1980
24 March 1990
Lost seat
  Bob Charles
(1936–2016)
Liberal 24 March 1990
31 August 2004
Retired
  Jason Wood
(1968–)
Liberal 9 October 2004
21 August 2010
Lost seat
  Laura Smyth
(1976–)
Labor 21 August 2010
7 September 2013
Lost seat
  Jason Wood
(1968–)
Liberal 7 September 2013
present
Incumbent

Election results

2019 Australian federal election: La Trobe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jason Wood 45,123 45.72 +1.59
Labor Simon Curtis 34,040 34.49 +2.35
Greens Amy Gregorovich 7,752 7.86 −0.43
One Nation Esther Baker 4,796 4.86 +4.86
Justice Asher Calwell-Browne 3,525 3.57 +0.70
United Australia Duncan Dean 2,506 2.54 +2.54
Rise Up Australia Norman Baker 947 0.96 −1.01
Total formal votes 98,689 95.53 +1.21
Informal votes 4,616 4.47 −1.21
Turnout 103,305 93.30 +5.19
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jason Wood 53,776 54.49 +1.27
Labor Simon Curtis 44,913 45.51 −1.27
Liberal hold Swing +1.27

References

  1. La Trobe, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.

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