Luke Hartsuyker

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The Honourable
Luke Hartsuyker
Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister
Assumed office
19 July 2016
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by Keith Pitt
Minister for Vocational Education and Skills
In office
21 September 2015 – 18 February 2016
Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Malcolm Turnbull
Preceded by No Immediate Predecessor
Succeeded by Scott Ryan
Assistant Minister for Employment
In office
18 September 2013 – 21 September 2015
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 (1959-10-26) 26 October 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 26 October 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, being sworn in on 18 September 2013.[1] In September 2015, he was promoted to Minister for Vocational Education and Skills in the First Turnbull Ministry, but he lost his position in a ministerial reshuffle in February 2016.[2]

Background and career[edit]

Hartsuyker was born in Muswellbrook, New South Wales, where he attended a state primary school and state high school alongside his brother. His father, Tom Hartsuyker, who had immigrated from the Netherlands in 1951, established a Dutch-themed tourist park called The Clog Barn in Coffs Harbour. Hartsuyker gained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Newcastle University, and an Associate Diploma Valuation. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Practising Accountants Australia. He managed his father's business before entering politics. He and his wife, Irene, have two sons.[3][4][5]

Political career[edit]

In the 2001 Australian Federal election Hartsuyker was elected to the Division of Cowper after longstanding Nationals MP Garry Nehl retired from the seat. Hartsuyker retained the seat in subsequent elections: 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016.[6]

An electoral redistribution changed Cowper's boundaries prior to the 2016 election: Port Macquarie was included in Cowper for the first time, whilst the region north of Coffs Harbour was transferred out of Cowper to the Division of Page.[6]

Former Independent MP Rob Oakeshott, who lives in Port Macquarie (which had been within the Division of Lyne prior to the redistribution), contested the Division of Cowper at the 2016 election.[6] A number of seat-level opinion polls in Cowper found the incumbent Hartsuyker and independent Oakeshott neck-and-neck on the two-party-preferred vote. Hartsuyker won re-election, but suffered a swing of 13 percent – the closest that the Nationals had come to losing Cowper in over half a century. The Nationals have held it for all but one term since 1919. While Oakeshott slashed Hartsuyker's two-party margin to 3.2%, Cowper is still a safe National seat in a "traditional" two-party matchup with Labor.

Hartsuyker opposes same-sex marriage and has stated he will not vote for it. A 2011 poll in the Coffs Harbour Advocate, representing those within his electorate, resulted in 78% of respondents in favour of same-sex marriage.[7]


  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. ^ "Ten Aussie politicians who grew up with or ran small businesses - SmartCompany". SmartCompany. 2015-08-18. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  4. ^ "ParlInfo - GOVERNOR-GENERAL'S SPEECH : Address-in-Reply". Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  5. ^ 7111;, corporateName=Commonwealth Parliament; address=Parliament House, Canberra, ACT, 2600; contact=+61 2 6277. "Hon Luke Hartsuyker MP". Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  6. ^ a b c "Cowper - Australia Votes | Federal Election 2016 (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)". ABC News. Retrieved 2017-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Hartsuyker says no to gay marriage". Coffs Coast Advocate. Retrieved 2017-06-18. 
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