Electoral district of Ku-ring-gai

Ku-ring-gai is an electoral district of the Legislative Assembly in the Australian state of New South Wales. Since 2015 it has been represented by Alister Henskens of the Liberal Party. The electorate covers the suburbs and parts of the suburbs of Gordon, Hornsby, Killara, Lindfield, Normanhurst, North Turramurra, North Wahroonga, Pymble, South Turramurra, Thornleigh, Turramurra, Wahroonga, Waitara, Warrawee, and West Pymble.[1]

New South WalesLegislative Assembly
NSW Electoral District 2019 - Ku-ring-gai.png
Location within Sydney
StateNew South Wales
MPAlister Henskens
PartyLiberal Party
Electors54,441 (2019)
Area52.45 km2 (20.3 sq mi)
Electorates around Ku-ring-gai:
Hornsby Hornsby Pittwater
Epping Ku-ring-gai Davidson
Ryde Lane Cove Willougby


Ku-ring-gai was created before the 1973 election and was held by John Maddison, a minister in the government of Askin, whop had previously been the member for Hornsby. Maddison retired in 1980 and future Premiers of New South Wales Nick Greiner won the seat at a by-election. He held the seat until resigning from Parliament and as Premier in 1992 in the aftermath of the ICAC enquiry into the Metherell affair. He was succeeded by Stephen O'Doherty, who in 1999 chose to follow the majority of his constituents into the re-created seat of Hornsby. Barry O'Farrell transferred to Ku-ring-gai in 1999 after his seat of Northcott was abolished, and held it when he became Premier after leading the Coalition to a massive landslide victory in the 2011 state election. He resigned as premier in 2014 and retired from politics after the 2015 state election, handing the seat to current member Henskens.

Located in the Liberal heartland of the North Shore, Ku-ring-gai has been in Liberal hands for its entire existence, and for much of that time has been an ultra-safe seat even by North Shore standards. The Liberals have never tallied less than 65 percent of the two-party vote, and have always taken the seat on the first count with no need for preferences. At the 2011 election, for instance, O'Farrell was reelected with 81.3% of the two-candidate-preferred vote, making Ku-ring-gai the safest seat in the entire NSW parliament.

While Labor frequently runs dead in north Sydney, Ku-ring-gai is particularly hostile territory for Labor. Since the 1990s, Labor has usually been lucky to get 20 percent of the primary vote. In 2011, for example, Labor was pushed into third place behind the Greens. The seat is almost entirely within the equally safe federal seat of Bradfield, often one of the safest federal Liberal seats in the country.[2]

Ku-ring-gai is one of three current electorates in the New South Wales Legislative Assembly to have been held by two Premiers of New South Wales while in office. Both Premiers Greiner and O'Farrell held Ku-ring-gai while in office. The other two electorates being Wollondilly and Maroubra.

Members for Ku-ring-gaiEdit

Member Party Period
  John Maddison[3] Liberal 1973–1980
  Nick Greiner[4] Liberal 1980–1992
  Stephen O'Doherty[5] Liberal 1992–1999
  Barry O'Farrell[6] Liberal 1999–2015
  Alister Henskens[7] Liberal 2015–present

Election resultsEdit

2019 New South Wales state election: Ku-ring-gai[8][9]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alister Henskens 29,369 60.27 −2.27
Labor Amanda Keeling 8,891 18.25 +1.88
Greens Qiu Yue (Viki) Zhang 6,315 12.96 −2.83
Sustainable Australia Mark Ferris 1,636 3.36 +3.36
Keep Sydney Open Liam Blood 1,466 3.01 +3.01
Liberal Democrats Mitchell Strahan 1,053 2.16 +2.16
Total formal votes 48,730 97.79 +0.18
Informal votes 1,101 2.21 −0.18
Turnout 49,831 91.53 −1.22
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Alister Henskens 31,027 70.52 −2.46
Labor Amanda Keeling 12,969 29.48 +2.46
Liberal hold Swing −2.46


  1. ^ "Ku-ring-gai". New South Wales Electoral Commission. Retrieved 23 November 2019.
  2. ^ "(A bit late but a) Post-2016 Federal Election Pendulum plus Results Summary". ABC News. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2018.
  3. ^ "The Hon. John Clarkson Maddison (1921-1982)". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  4. ^ "Mr (Nick) Nicholas Frank Hugo Greiner". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  5. ^ "Mr Stephen Mark O'Doherty (1959- )". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 5 May 2019.
  6. ^ "The Hon. Barry Robert O'Farrell". Former Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 May 2019.
  7. ^ "Mr Alister Andrew Henskens, SC MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  8. ^ "Ku-ring-gai: First Preference Votes". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  9. ^ "Ku-ring-gai: Distribution of Preferences". 2019 NSW election results. NSW Electoral Commission. Retrieved 22 September 2019.