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

Member for Cowper (NSW)

The Nationals

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Cowper, New South Wales, 2001. Re-elected 2004, 2007, 2010, 2013 and 2016. Retired prior to general elections 2019.

Ministerial Appointments

Assistant Minister for Employment from 18.9.2013 to 21.9.2015.

Minister for Vocational Education and Skills from 21.9.2015 to 18.2.2016.

Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister from 19.7.2016 to 20.12.2017.

Assistant Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment from 20.12.2017 to 5.3.2018.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Select: Address in Reply served from 12.2.2002 to 13.2.2002

House of Representatives Standing: Ageing served from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Employment and Workplace Relations served from 20.3.2002 to 31.8.2004; Education and Vocational Training served as Chair from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Privileges served from 1.12.2004 to 17.10.2007; Procedure served from 31.5.2005 to 17.10.2007; Employment and Workplace Relations served from 11.3.2008 to 10.11.2008; Economics served from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010; Tax and Revenue served from 27.3.2018 to 11.4.2019

Joint Standing: National Broadband Network served from 22.3.2011 to 5.8.2013; Treaties served as Chair from 22.2.2016 to 9.5.2016

Joint Statutory: Corporations and Financial Services served from 3.2.2010 to 19.7.2010

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Leader of the House from 18.9.2013 to 18.2.2016.

Shadow Minister for Business Development, Independent Contractors and Consumer Affairs from 6.12.2007 to 22.9.2008.

Deputy Manager of Opposition Business in the House from 6.12.2007 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Competition Policy and Consumer Affairs from 22.9.2008 to 8.12.2009.

Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law from 8.12.2009 to 14.9.2010.

Shadow Minister for Youth and Sport from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Shadow Minister for Regional Communications from 14.9.2010 to 18.9.2013.

Party Positions

Member of the Nationals Central Council (NSW) from 2001 to 2016.


Born: 28.4.1959, Muswellbrook, Australia

Gender: Male

Marital Status: Married

Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

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BCom (University of Newcastle).

FCPA (Australian Society of Certified Practising Accountants).

Small business operator.

Founding Board Member of Coffs Coast Tourism.


Name: Cowper

Location: New South Wales north coast; it includes the centres of Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour; the main towns of Bellingen, Bowraville, Coffs Harbour, Crescent Head, Dorrigo, Gladstone, Hat Head, Kempsey, Macksville, Nambucca Heads, Sawtell, South West Rocks, Port Macquarie, Ulong and Urunga.

Area: 7,296 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 118,260 (at 2.7.2016)

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