Division of Aston

The Division of Aston is an Australian Federal Electoral Division in the state of Victoria. The division is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, including suburbs such as Rowville, Scoresby, Knoxfield and Wantirna.

Australian House of Representatives Division
Division of Aston 2019
Division of Aston in Victoria, as of the 2019 federal election.
MPAlan Tudge
NamesakeTilly Aston
Electors96,043 (2016)
Area113 km2 (43.6 sq mi)
DemographicOuter Metropolitan


Tilly Aston
Tilly Aston, the division's namesake

The division was created in 1984 and is named after Tilly Aston, a blind writer and teacher who helped found the Library of the Victorian Association of Braille Writers in 1894.

The current Member for Aston, since the 2010 federal election, is Alan Tudge, a member of the Liberal Party of Australia who currently serves as a minister in the Morrison Government.

A classic "mortgage belt" seat, it was held by the Australian Labor Party until 1990, but since then it has become increasingly safe for the Liberal Party.


Image Member Party Term Notes
  No image John Saunderson
Labor 1 December 1984
24 March 1990
Previously held the Division of Deakin. Lost seat
  Peter Nugent
Liberal 24 March 1990
24 April 2001
Died in office
  No image Chris Pearce
Liberal 14 July 2001
19 July 2010
  No image Alan Tudge
Liberal 21 August 2010
Served as minister under Turnbull. Incumbent. Currently a minister under Morrison

Election results

Australian federal election, 2016: Aston[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alan Tudge 43,532 50.86 −0.73
Labor Paul Klisaris 26,593 31.07 −1.56
Greens Steve Raymond 7,186 8.40 +2.52
Family First Daniel Martin 2,762 3.23 +0.46
Animal Justice Rosemary Lavin 2,211 2.58 +2.58
Independent Daniel Huppert 2,104 2.46 +2.46
Liberal Democrats Joel Moore 1,198 1.40 +1.40
Total formal votes 85,586 96.04 +0.57
Informal votes 3,525 3.96 −0.57
Turnout 89,111 92.78 −1.95
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Alan Tudge 50,142 58.59 +0.39
Labor Paul Klisaris 35,444 41.41 −0.39
Liberal hold Swing +0.39


  1. ^ Aston, VIC, Virtual Tally Room 2016, Australian Electoral Commission.

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Coordinates: 37°53′31″S 145°14′24″E / 37.892°S 145.240°E

Brian Loughnane

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Chris Pearce (politician)

Christopher John Pearce (born 1 March 1963), Australian politician, was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Aston, Victoria from July 2001, when he retained the seat for the Liberal Party in the 2001 Aston by-election, to his retirement in 2010.

Division of Deakin

The Division of Deakin is an Australian Electoral Division in Victoria. It is named for Alfred Deakin, three times Prime Minister of Australia.

Electoral results for the Division of Aston

This is a list of electoral results for the Division of Aston in Australian federal elections from the division's creation in 1984 until the present.

Markus Storck

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Peter Nugent

Peter Edward Nugent (1 April 1938 – 24 April 2001), Australian politician, was the Liberal Party member of parliament for the Division of Aston in the Australian House of Representatives from 1990 to 2001.

He entered parliament when he defeated the incumbent Labor candidate, John Saunderson, in the 1990 federal election. However, he died suddenly at his home on the morning of 24 April 2001, from a myocardial infarction. This triggered a by-election for Aston, which was won by the Liberal candidate Chris Pearce.

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Rowville, Victoria

Rowville is a suburb of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 27 km south-east of Melbourne's Central Business District, located within the City of Knox local government area. Rowville recorded a population of 33,672 at the 2016 Census.

Rowville is named after the Row family, whose property Stamford Park was established in 1882. The Stamford Park homestead has been restored in recent years by Knox Council. Geographically, Rowville is one of the largest suburbs south-east of Melbourne. Rowville Post Office opened on 20 December 1905 and closed in 1987. In 1989 it reopened in the new Stud Park (formerly Darryl Park) Shopping Centre.Rowville has developed rapidly over the 1980s and 1990s, especially in terms of housing and light industrial activities. Culturally, Rowville is still developing, like many of Melbourne's outer suburbs. Development has included the construction of the Wellington Village shopping centre on Wellington Road, complementing the Rowville Lakes shopping centre on Kelletts Road. Rowville has many estates including the prestigious Sovereign Crest Estate and the older Timbertop Estate. Sovereign Crest Estate covers is a medium-sized estate which includes homes located on parts of Karoo Road, in particular 130–above.

Stud Park (formerly Kalle Anka) Shopping Centre, opened in 1989, is the largest in the suburb. It houses the Rowville branch of the Eastern Regional Library, and is adjacent to the Rowville Community Centre under the Clock Tower. The Stringybark Festival is held at the centre every third weekend of October each year and attracts over 25,000 visitors. The event is organised by the Knox Council, and is one of Australia's longest running sustainability event. There are three golf courses within Rowville. Stud Park is currently getting an expansion.

Rowville is at the intersection of many local government areas with the suburb connecting to suburbs within the Shire of Yarra Ranges, City of Monash, City of Greater Dandenong, City of Casey and City of Knox.

Tilly Aston

Matilda Ann Aston (11 December 1873 – 1 November 1947), better known as Tilly Aston, was a blind Australian writer and teacher, who founded the Victorian Association of Braille Writers, and later went on to establish the Association for the Advancement of the Blind, with herself as secretary. She is remembered for her achievements in promoting the rights of vision-impaired people.

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