Electoral district of Ku-ring-gai

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New South WalesLegislative Assembly
Nsw electoral district kuringgai 2015.svg
Location within Sydney
State New South Wales
Created 1973
MP Alister Henskens
Party Liberal Party of Australia
Namesake Kuringgai
Electors 49,900 (2011)
Demographic Urban

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

Electorate history[edit]

Ku-ring-gai was created before the 1973 election and was held by Askin, Lewis and Willis government minister John Maddison, who retired in 1980, when it was won by Nick Greiner 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 for Ku-ring-gai in 1999 after his seat of Northcott was abolished, and held it when he became Premier of New South Wales after leading the Coalition to a massive landslide victory in the 2011 state election. He retired after the 2015 state election and handed 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. However, even by North Shore standards, Ku-ring-gai is an ultra-safe Liberal seat. 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, 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.

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

Members for Ku-ring-gai[edit]

Member Party Period
  John Maddison Liberal 1973–1980
  Nick Greiner Liberal 1980–1992
  Stephen O'Doherty Liberal 1992–1999
  Barry O'Farrell Liberal 1999–2015
  Alister Henskens Liberal 2015–present

Election results[edit]

New South Wales state election, 2015: Ku-ring-gai[2][3]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberal Alister Henskens 30,294 62.5 −10.3
Labor David Armstrong 7,927 16.4 +8.5
Greens Pippa McInnes 7,650 15.8 +1.9
Christian Democrats John Archer 1,375 2.8 +0.7
No Land Tax Len Gervay 1,192 2.5 +2.5
Total formal votes 48,438 97.6 −0.3
Informal votes 1,185 2.4 +0.3
Turnout 49,623 92.8 +1.8
Two-party-preferred result
Liberal Alister Henskens 31,954 73.0 −13.9
Labor David Armstrong 11,832 27.0 +13.9
Liberal hold Swing −13.9


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