Division of La Trobe

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La Trobe
Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of LA TROBE 2016.png
Division of La Trobe in Victoria, as of the 2016 federal election.
Created 1949
MP Jason Wood
Party Liberal
Namesake Charles La Trobe
Electors 105,731 (2016)
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.


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

Australian federal election, 2016: La Trobe[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Jason Wood 39,108 42.23 −3.82
Labor Simon Curtis 29,052 31.37 −0.69
Greens Tom Cummings 9,773 10.55 +0.53
Justice Julieanne Doidge 3,922 4.24 +4.24
Animal Justice Leah Folloni 2,677 2.89 +2.89
Family First Jeffrey Bartram 2,273 2.45 +0.56
Sex Party Martin Leahy 2,103 2.27 −0.52
Shooters, Fishers and Farmers David Fent 1,321 1.43 +1.43
Liberal Democrats Leslie Hughes 1,188 1.28 +1.28
Rise Up Australia Margaret Quinn 1,180 1.27 +0.47
Total formal votes 92,597 94.44 −1.17
Informal votes 5,454 5.56 +1.17
Turnout 98,051 92.74 −2.10
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Jason Wood 47,649 51.46 −2.55
Labor Simon Curtis 44,948 48.54 +2.55
Liberal hold Swing −2.55


  1. ^ La Trobe, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

External links

  • Division of La Trobe - Australian Electoral Commission

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

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