Division of La Trobe
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. 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.
Australian House of Representatives Division
|Namesake||Charles La Trobe|
|Area||748 km2 (288.8 sq mi)|
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. 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. 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.
|Liberal||10 December 1949 –
10 February 1960
|Previously held the Division of Corio. Served as minister under Menzies. Resigned in order to take up a seat in the British House of Lords|
|Liberal||9 April 1960 –
2 December 1972
|Labor||2 December 1972 –
13 December 1975
|Lost seat. Later elected to the Division of Streeton in 1984|
|Liberal||13 December 1975 –
18 October 1980
|Labor||18 October 1980 –
24 March 1990
|Liberal||24 March 1990 –
31 August 2004
|Liberal||9 October 2004 –
21 August 2010
|Labor||21 August 2010 –
7 September 2013
|Liberal||7 September 2013 –
|One Nation||Esther Baker||4,796||4.86||+4.86|
|United Australia||Duncan Dean||2,506||2.54||+2.54|
|Rise Up Australia||Norman Baker||947||0.96||−1.01|
|Total formal votes||98,689||95.53||+1.21|
- La Trobe, VIC, Tally Room 2019, Australian Electoral Commission.