Will Fowles, member for Burwood since 2018.
Eastern Melbourne. Ashwood covers the suburbs of Ashburton, Ashwood, Chadstone, Glen Iris and Mount Waverley, along with parts of Burwood and Burwood East. A majority of the seat is in the Monash council area, along with part of Boroondara and a small part of Whitehorse council area.
Ashwood is a new name for the seat of Burwood. The seat lost Box Hill South and Surrey Hills to Box Hill and Camberwell, and gained Mount Waverley from the seat of the same name. It also gained part of Burwood East from Forest Hill and part of Glen Iris from Hawthorn. These changes cut the Labor margin from 3.3% to 2.3%.
The first electoral district of Burwood was created in 1955. It was held by Liberal MP Jim MacDonald until it was abolished in 1967, when he moved to the recreated seat of Glen Iris, which he held until his retirement in 1976.
The seat of Burwood was restored in 1976, and was won by Jeff Kennett, also of the Liberal Party. Kennett was appointed a minister in 1981, and was elected leader of the Liberal Party after they lost the 1982 state election.
Kennett led the party into the 1985 and 1988 elections, but after losing two elections he was replaced in 1989 by Alan Brown. He returned to the leadership unopposed in 1991 after poor performance by Brown.
Kennett won the 1992 election, and served as Premier for two terms. He won re-election in 1996, but in a shock result in 1999, Kennett lost his majority in the Legislative Assembly, and lost government when independent MPs supported the ALP.
Jeff Kennett resigned as Member for Burwood shortly afterwards, and in the following by-election, ALP candidate Bob Stensholt won the seat with a 10.4% swing. Stensholt increased his margin at the 2002 election, and was re-elected again in 2006.
In 2010, Labor MP Bob Stensholt lost to Liberal candidate Graham Watt, who won with a 9.6% swing. Watt held the seat in 2014 but lost in 2018 to Labor candidate Will Fowlers.
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2018 two-party-preferred result
Booths have been divided into three areas: central, east and west.
The Labor Party won a majority of the two-party-preferred vote in all three areas, ranging from 51.8% in the west to 58.6% in the centre. Labor also won the pre-poll vote, but lost the special vote.
The Greens came third, with a primary vote just under 10% in the centre and east and almost 13% in the west.
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