News Release: National Party once again rejects Luke Hartsuyker

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National Party once again rejects Luke Hartsuyker

Statement by Andrew Woodward, President, Bellinger River Branch, 7 November 2017

Since Malcolm Turnbull sacked Luke Hartsuyker from the Ministry in February 2016, he’s had three opportunities to restore his career. He has failed. Today he’s been passed over once again, effectively ending his political career. 

After the 2016 election, he was passed over for readmission to the Ministry. When Barnaby Joyce was thrown out of Parliament, the Prime Minister himself decided to be the Acting Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources rather than risk it in the hands of Assistant Minister Luke Hartsuyker. Today, the Nationals elected Bridget McKenzie as its new Deputy.

On 30 October 2017, Mr Hartsuyker in the Coffs Harbour Advocate under the headline of “Hartsuyker keeps mum on possible leadership bid” and didn’t rule out running for the Deputy Leadership (which was contested today 7/12/2017). He didn’t contest it. He saw it was futile. He knows his political career is over.

We hope Mr Hartsuyker focusses on delivering for his electorate in the twilight of his career rather than sulking around flower shows, fetes and fairs posting selfies of himself on social media.


Text from Coffs Harbour Advocate, 31 October 2017

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker is keeping his cards close to his chest in regards to a possible tilt at a leadership position within the Nationals party room.

“The Nationals made a decision that they would not elect a deputy leader in the interim period and I’ll be reserving my judgement with regards to that until such time as we know the outcome of the by-election to be held on December 2,” Mr Hartsuyker said.

When pressed on the fact that there must be an election for the deputy leader of the Nationals in Canberra since former deputy, Senator Fiona Nash, was deemed ineligible to have held office by the High Court of Australia, Mr Hartsuyker continued to let that line of questioning go through to the ‘keepr (sic).

“That’s something that I will give consideration to at the time,” he said.

When an election for the Nationals leadership was last held in February 2016, Mr Hartsuyker nominated himself for the position of deputy leader but was beaten in a secret ballot by Mrs Nash.


Updated: 7 December 2017

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