Jason Wood, since 2013. Previously 2004-2010.
- Candidate summary
- 2019 results
- Booth breakdown
- Results maps
La Trobe covers the south eastern fringe of Melbourne and parts of the Dandenong Ranges. Major centres include Berwick and Pakenham. It covers most of the Cardinia council area and a north-eastern portion of the City of Casey.
La Trobe shifted to the south-west, gaining Bunyip and Koo Wee Rup from Monash and losing parts of Narre Warren and Narre Warren North to Bruce, and two small areas near Emerald were moved to Casey. These changes increased the Liberal margin from 4.5% to 5.4%.
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 and has been re-elected two more times since.
La Trobe is a marginal seat and could be vulnerable if Labor does well in Victoria, but it’s worth noting that the current electoral boundaries are substantially more favourable to the Liberal Party than the boundaries which saw Labor win in 2010.
|Esther Baker||One Nation||4,796||4.9||+4.9||5.7|
|Asher Joseph Calwell-Browne||Derryn Hinch’s Justice||3,525||3.6||+0.7||3.2|
|Duncan Dean||United Australia Party||2,506||2.5||+2.5||2.8|
|Norman Baker||Rise Up Australia||947||1.0||-1.0||0.9|
2019 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 majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 52.7% in the south-east to 53.7% in the south-west.
|Voter group||GRN prim %||LIB 2PP %||Total votes||% of votes|