Jason Wood (politician)

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Jason Wood
Member of the Australian Parliament
for La Trobe
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Laura Smyth
In office
9 October 2004 – 21 August 2010
Preceded by Bob Charles
Succeeded by Laura Smyth
Personal details
Born (1968-05-24) 24 May 1968 (age 49)
Sutherland, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Judy Cheung
Children 1
Profession Police officer
Website jasonwood.com.au

Jason Peter Wood (born 24 May 1968), Australian politician, was elected to the Australian House of Representatives for the Division of La Trobe, Victoria for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. He held the seat until his defeat at the 2010 federal election. He won the seat back at the 2013 federal election. He had previously stood for the Division of Holt for the Liberal party at the 2001 federal election.[1]

Wood was educated at the Chisholm Institute, Swinburne University and RMIT University, Melbourne, and has qualifications in management, including a master's degree in applied Science (field innovation service management – counter terrorism). He was a Senior Sergeant with the Victoria Police counter-terrorism unit before entering politics.[2]

While a member of parliament, he was a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Environment and Heritage (from 1 December 2004) and also the Joint Statutory for the Australian Crime Commission (also from 1 December 2004)[3]

Jason Wood gained notoriety in 2008 when he mispronounced a series of words during a speech to the federal parliament on the risks associated with genetically modified organisms, culminating in the utterance of the word "orgasms", twice.[4][5]

Wood's electorate of La Trobe contains communities located in and near the Dandenong Ranges, such as Belgrave, Sassafras and Gembrook. Wood has often campaigned on environmental issues. He formerly supported an emissions trading scheme[6] and is a member of Greenpeace.[6]


  1. ^ "Legislative Election of 10 November 2001: Victoria". Psephos: Adam Carr's Election Archive. 2001. 
  2. ^ "About Jason". JasonWood.com.au. Jason Wood MP. Archived from the original on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 12 August 2007. 
  3. ^ "Mr Jason Wood MP". Australian Parliament website. Commonwealth of Australia. Archived from the original on 6 April 2007. 
  4. ^ "Multiple orgasms on floor of parliament". Brisbane Times. Fairfax Media. 3 June 2008. Retrieved 22 September 2010. 
  5. ^ "House of Representatives: Official Hansard No. 7, 2008" (PDF). Hansard. 2 June 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 May 2010. 
  6. ^ a b "La Trobe Issues". JasonWood.com.au. Archived from the original on 23 January 2010. 

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Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Bob Charles
Member for La Trobe
Succeeded by
Laura Smyth
Preceded by
Laura Smyth
Member for La Trobe