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HARTSUYKER, the Hon. LukeBiography for HARTSUYKER, the Hon. Luke

Member for Cowper (NSW)


Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Cowper, New South Wales, 2001, 2004, 2007, 2010 and 2013.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister for Employment from 18.9.13 to 21.9.15.

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills from 21.9.15.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Ageing from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04; Employment and Workplace Relations from 20.3.02 to 31.8.04 and from 11.3.08 to 10.11.08; Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.04 (Chair from 9.12.04) to 17.10.07; Privileges from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Procedure from 31.5.05 to 17.10.07; Economics from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10.

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services from 3.2.10 to 19.7.10.

Joint Standing: National Broadband Network from 22.3.11 to 5.8.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Member, Opposition Shadow Ministry from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13. Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs from 6.12.07 to 22.9.08; Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 22.9.08 to 8.12.09; Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law from 8.12.09 to 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport from 14.9.10; Shadow Minister for Regional Communications from 14.9.10 to 18.9.13.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 6.12.07 to 18.9.13.

Deputy Leader of the House from 18.9.13.

Party Positions

Member, The Nationals Central Council (NSW).


Born 28.4.1959, Muswellbrook, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament

BComm (Ncle).

Associate Diploma Valuation.

Associate Member, Certified Practising Accountants Australia.

Small business operator.

Founding Board Member, Coffs Coast Tourism.


Description: rural.

Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the centres of Bellingen, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Dorrigo, Kempsey, Maclean, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell, South West Rocks, Urunga and Woolgoolga.

Area: 7861 sq km (approx.).

Electors enrolled: 97 180 (at 7.9.13).

Industries: fishing, forestry, agriculture, bananas, dairy cattle and tourism.

State electorates: Cowper includes the New South Wales Legislative Assembly electorate of Coffs Harbour, and parts of Clarence and Oxley.