Jason Wood, since 2013. Previously 2004-2010.
La Trobe covers the south eastern fringe of Melbourne and parts of the Dandenong Ranges. Major centres include Berwick, Narre Warren and Pakenham. It covers parts of Cardinia and Casey local government areas.
La Trobe shifted east, losing Ferntree Gully to Aston and also losing Belgrave, Mount Dandenong and Macclesfield to Casey. La Trobe then gained Pakenham and Nar Nar Goon from McMillan. These changes increased the Liberal margin from 1.5% to 3.2%.
La Trobe was first created after the Second World War when the House of Representatives was expanded at the 1949 election. The seat was first won by Richard Casey, who had previously been an MP and minister before resigning from Parliament in 1940 to serve in a variety of diplomatic roles during the war.
Casey served as a minister for eleven years before resigning in 1960. John Jess won the seat for the Liberal Party in a by-election that year and held the seat until his defeat in 1972, when Whitlam’s national victory swept Tony Lamb into La Trobe. He lost the seat in 1975 and later returned to Parliament serving in the seat of Streeton from 1984 to 1990.
Marshall Baillieu won the seat for the Liberals in 1975 and held it until 1980. That year he was defeated by Peter Milton who held it until 1990 for the ALP. Bob Charles defeated Milton in 1990 and held the seat until 2004, during which he served on the shadow ministry from 1994 to 1996.
Charles retired in 2004 and he was succeeded by Jason Wood. Wood’s 5.8% margin in 2004 was cut to 0.5% in 2007, but he held on in the face of the election of the Rudd government. In 2010, Wood was defeated by Labor candidate Laura Smyth. La Trobe was one of only two seats that the ALP gained off the Coalition in an election where Labor lost ground and lost its parliamentary majority.
Jason Wood won back La Trobe in 2013, thanks to a 5.7% swing, and was re-elected in 2016.
- Simon Curtis (Labor)
- Jason Wood (Liberal)
La Trobe is a marginal seat and could well fall if Labor has a good result.
|Julieanne Lynette Doidge||Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party||3,922||4.2||+4.2||2.9|
|Leah Folloni||Animal Justice||2,677||2.9||+2.9||3.2|
|Jeffrey Bartram||Family First||2,273||2.5||+0.6||2.9|
|Martin Leahy||Sex Party||2,103||2.3||-0.5||1.4|
|David Fent||Shooters, Fishers & Farmers||1,321||1.4||+1.4||1.0|
|Leslie Hughes||Liberal Democrats||1,188||1.3||+1.3||1.6|
|Margaret Quinn||Rise Up Australia||1,180||1.3||+0.5||2.0|
2016 two-party-preferred result
Polling places in La Trobe have been divided into three areas: north-east, south-east and south-west. The south-west covers those polling places in the Casey council area. The south-east includes the major centre of Pakenham.
The Liberal Party won a slim 50.6% majority in the south-west and a larger 55.7% majority in the north-east. Labor won 52.9% in the south-east.
|Voter group||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|
Two-party-preferred votes in La Trobe at the 2016 federal election
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