Alan Tudge, since 2010.
Eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Aston’s boundaries align with the Knox local government area. Suburbs include Bayswater, Boronia, Knoxfield, Scoresby, Wantirna and Rowville.
Aston expanded slightly to the east, taking in Upper Ferntree Gully from La Trobe, bringing the seat’s boundaries in line with the council boundary. This change cut the Liberal margin from 8.6% to 7.4%.
Aston was first created as part of the expansion of the House of Representatives in 1984, and has tended to be a marginal seat, although the seat has been consistently held by the Liberal Party for the last two decades.
Aston was first won in 1984 by ALP candidate John Saunderson, who had previously been elected to Deakin at the 1983 election. Saunderson held on with a smaller margin in 1987 before losing with a 7% swing at the 1990 election.
The seat was won in 1990 by Peter Nugent (LIB). Nugent was known as a moderate Liberal who supported human rights issues. He was reelected with a slim margin in 1993 and pushed his margin out to almost 6% in 1996, and was re-elected again in 1998. Nugent died in April 2001 of a heart attack, triggering the Aston by-election.
The Howard government was not performing strongly in the first half of 2001, having seen disastrous results in state elections in Queensland and Western Australia and the loss of the blue-ribbon Brisbane seat of Ryan in another federal by-election.
The Liberal Party’s candidate, Chris Pearce, managed to hold on with 50.6% of the vote, limiting the anti-Liberal swing to 3.7%, which was seen as a strong result for the government, and the beginning of the turnaround which saw the Howard government returned at the 2001 election.
Pearce was reelected with just over 56% in 2001, and pushed his margin to over 63% in 2004, the largest victory margin in Aston’s history. Pearce was again re-elected in 2007, although his margin was cut to 5%.
In 2010, Pearce retired and the Liberal Party’s Alan Tudge won the seat with a reduced margin. Tudge was re-elected in 2013 and 2016.
Aston is a reasonably safe Liberal seat.
|Daniel Edward Martin||Family First||2,762||3.2||+0.5||3.2|
|Rosemary Lavin||Animal Justice||2,211||2.6||+2.6||2.6|
|Joel Moore||Liberal Democrats||1,198||1.4||+1.4||1.4|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in Aston have been divided into four parts.
The Liberal Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in three areas, ranging from 54.9% in the centre to 59.7% in the south. Labor polled 50.4% in the north-east.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in Aston at the 2016 federal election
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