Division of La Trobe

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La Trobe
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of La Trobe 2013.png
Division of La Trobe (green) in Victoria
Created 1949
MP Jason Wood
Party Liberal
Namesake Charles La Trobe
Electors 98,007 (2013)
Area 558 km2 (215.4 sq mi)
Demographic Outer Metropolitan

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. 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. 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.

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. 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[edit]

Member Party Term
  Richard Casey Liberal 1949–1960
  John Jess Liberal 1960–1972
  Tony Lamb Labor 1972–1975
  Marshall Baillieu Liberal 1975–1980
  Peter Milton Labor 1980–1990
  Bob Charles Liberal 1990–2004
  Jason Wood Liberal 2004–2010
  Laura Smyth Labor 2010–2013
  Jason Wood Liberal 2013–present

Election results[edit]

Australian federal election, 2013: La Trobe
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Liberal Jason Wood 40,925 46.05 +3.01
Labor Laura Smyth 28,488 32.06 −7.35
Greens Michael Schilling 8,905 10.02 −1.98
Palmer United Jason Kennedy 4,514 5.08 +5.08
Sex Party Martin Leahy 2,475 2.79 +0.46
Family First Daniel Martin 1,680 1.89 −0.68
Democratic Labour Rachel Jenkins 1,168 1.31 +1.31
Rise Up Australia Kevin Seaman 711 0.80 +0.80
Total formal votes 88,866 95.61 −0.35
Informal votes 4,083 4.39 +0.35
Turnout 92,949 94.84 +0.41
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jason Wood 47,998 54.01 +5.67
Labor Laura Smyth 40,868 45.99 −5.67
Liberal gain from Labor Swing +5.67

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Coordinates: 37°58′16″S 145°25′26″E / 37.971°S 145.424°E / -37.971; 145.424