Current MP: Jason Wood, Liberal, Phone: 03 9768 9164 Jason.Wood.MP@aph.gov.au P.O. Box 539, BERWICK, VIC 3806
Major Communities/Cities/Towns within Electorate: Beaconsfield, Belgrave, Berwick, Boronia (part), Cockatoo, Emerald (part), Ferntree Gully (part), Ferny Creek, Gembrook (part), Macclesfield, Mount Dandenong (part), Narre Warren (part), Narre Warren North (part), Narre Warren South (part), Officer, Olinda (part), Pakenham Upper (part), Sassafras, Tecoma and Upwey.
Key 2016 Election Information: 2.6% swing, Liberal 51.5%, Labor 48.5%, Liberal 42.2% on first preference party voting , Labor 31.4% on first preference party voting.
Strongest Support for Liberal (first party preferences): Beaconsfield (where LNP obtained 63.8% of votes), Beaconsfield Upper (LNP 76.2%) and Berwick (LNP 65.5%).
Strongest Support for Labor (first party preferences): Berwick Fields (ALP 54.5% of votes), Narre Warren (La Trobe) (ALP 62.8%) and Oatlands (ALP 56.4%).
Background: Wood was educated at the Chisholm Institute, Swinburne University and RMIT University, Melbourne, and has qualifications in management, including a master's degree in applied Science (field innovation service management – counter terrorism). He was a Senior Sergeant with the Victoria Police counter-terrorism unit before entering politics.
Key Policy Background: Wood has often campaigned on environmental issues. He formerly supported an emissions trading scheme and was a member of Greenpeace. He was one of seven liberals who voted to change Liberal policy on same sex marriage. From 2004-2010, Jason served as the federal member for La Trobe, where he actively used his knowledge of counter terrorism to contribute to national debate, which assisted the Howard Government in implementing tougher terrorism laws.
Relevant Information/Links to Community: Wood had been involved in the local community through sporting groups, environment groups, cleaning up after the bushfires, and fighting for a palliative care hospice in Emerald.
Record on Issues Related to Refugees: Jason Wood voted very strongly against implementing refugee and protection conventions. The former police officer is the chairman of the committee looking into deporting minors. Wood said he has been lobbying Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mr Dutton about concerns regarding gang violence in his Melbourne electorate. In support of migrants having their visa’s removed if they are involved in gangs "If we don't look at this, they're going to end up in adult prisons and they'll be converted. And experience tells us they'll either become extremists or become even more violent." In favor of refugees losing welfare payments if they don’t attend English classes.
Key Industries within Electorate: Household products, car accessories and other light industries, horticulture, farming and tourism.