Luke Hartsuyker

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The Honourable
Luke Hartsuyker
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
In office
21 September 2015 – 18 February 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by No Immediate Predecessor
Succeeded by Scott Ryan
Assistant Minister for Employment
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Kate Ellis
Succeeded by Office Abolished
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Cowper
Assumed office
10 November 2001
Preceded by Garry Nehl
Personal details
Born (1959-04-28) 28 April 1959 (age 57)
Muswellbrook, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party National Party of Australia
Spouse(s) Irene
Children 2
Alma mater University of Newcastle
Occupation Accountant and business owner

Luke Hartsuyker (born 28 April 1959) is an Australian politician. He has been a National Party of Australia member of the Australian House of Representatives representing the Division of Cowper in New South Wales since November 2001. Hartsuyker was appointed as the Assistant Minister for Employment and as the Deputy Leader of the House in the Abbott Ministry, and was sworn in on 18 September 2013.[1] He was promoted to Minister for Vocational Education and Skills in the First Turnbull Ministry on 21 September 2015; however lost his appointment in a ministerial reshuffle that was sworn in on 18 February 2016.[2]

Background and career[edit]

Hartsuyker was born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales, and was educated at Newcastle University. He was an accountant and business owner before entering politics.[3]

2016 election[edit]

Now covering his Port Macquarie base, former independent MP Rob Oakeshott is contesting the Division of Cowper at the 2016 election. Multiple seat-level opinion polls in the seat of Cowper found incumbent National Hartsuyker and independent Oakeshott neck and neck on the two-party vote.


  1. ^ "Tony Abbott's cabinet and outer ministry". AAP. 16 September 2013. Retrieved 16 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Massola, James (13 February 2016). "Cabinet reshuffle: Malcolm Turnbull announces new frontbench as Mal Brough resigns". The Age. Retrieved 13 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "Mr Luke Hartsuyker MP, Member for Cowper (NSW)". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 24 January 2010. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Garry Nehl
Member for Cowper
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Ellis
as Minister for Employment Participation
Assistant Minister for Employment
Ministry abolished
New ministerial post Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
Succeeded by
Scott Ryan