Alister Henskens

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Alister Henskens

Member of the New South Wales Parliament
for Ku-ring-gai
Assumed office
28 March 2015
Preceded byBarry O'Farrell
Personal details
Born (1963-12-30) 30 December 1963 (age 55)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia
Political partyLiberal Party

Alister Andrew Henskens SC (born 30 December 1963) is an Australian politician. He has been a Liberal Party member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly since 2015, representing the electorate of electoral district of Ku-ring-gai in Sydney's upper North Shore. On 1 February 2017, he was appointed as the Parliamentary Secretary for Finance, Services and Property.

He was born and raised in Newcastle. His father immigrated to Australia from the Netherlands in 1951 while his mother was schooled in Ku-ring-gai.[1] Henskens studied economics and law at the University of Sydney, before receiving a masters in law from the University of Toronto on a Rotary Scholarship. He practised as a solicitor from 1987 to 1996 and as a barrister thereafter, becoming Senior Counsel in 2011.[2] He specialised in general commercial, insolvency, banking, defamation, building and construction law. He was a director of Basketball NSW from 1997 to 1998, and had a long involvement with local basketball organisations in Newcastle and Sydney.

He was Counsel Assisting the Equine Influenza Inquiry in 2008.[3] Henskens also represented former NSW State Member for Terrigal, Chris Hartcher at the NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC)'s Operation Spicer inquiry in 2014.[4][5]

He was elected to the Legislative Assembly at the 2015 state election, succeeding former Premier Barry O'Farrell in the safe Liberal seat of Ku-ring-gai. He had won a closely fought Liberal preselection, with other contenders including radio presenter Jason Morrison.[6]

Henskens was until early 2017 the Chair of the Legislative Assembly Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, a member of the Legislation Review Committee and a member of the Committee on Investment, Industry and Regional Development. He was in 2015 the Chair of the Select Committee on the Regulation of Brothels and a member of the Joint Select Committee on Companion Animal Breeding Practices.[7]

Alister and his wife have two children.[7]


  1. ^ Alister Henskens (7 May 2015). "Inaugural Speech" (PDF). Parliamentary Debates (Hansard). NSW: Legislative Assembly.
  2. ^ "NSW Silk appointments". NSW Bar Association. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  3. ^ Humphries, David (26 May 2008). "Equine flu bill could hit taxpayers". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  4. ^ Whitbourn, Michaela & McClymont, Kate (6 May 2014). "ICAC to be suspended as Mike Gallacher investigated for 'serious electoral funding irregularities'". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  5. ^ Whitbourn, Michaela & McClymont, Kate (19 May 2014). "ICAC tensions spill onto the street as associates of Chris Hartcher allegedly attack reporters". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 30 September 2018.
  6. ^ Silmalis, Linda (14 February 2015). "Barrister Alister Henskens takes over Barry O'Farrell's former seat of Ku-ring-gai". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Mr Alister Andrew Henskens, SC MP". Members of the Parliament of New South Wales. Retrieved 6 April 2019.
New South Wales Legislative Assembly
Preceded by
Barry O'Farrell
Member for Ku-ring-gai