HARTSUYKER LEFT EMBARRASSED AGAIN OVER BANKING ROYAL COMMISSION
Statement by Andrew Woodward, Bellinger River Branch, Australian labor Party, 30 November 2017
The Prime Minister’s announcement today of a Royal Commission into banks once again shows just how out-of-touch Luke Hartsuyker has become. Luke Hartsuyker has become a laughing stock as he swings with the breeze and makes things up as he goes along.
Just ten weeks before the 2016 election, Luke Hartsuyker came out in support of Labor’s push for a Royal Commission into the banks. (Coffs Harbour Advocate, 12 April 2016)
With the election out of the way, Mr Hartsuyker dropped his long time support and changed his tune. He started opposing a Royal Commission into banks, taking his orders from Turnbull and Morrison, in another example of the Nationals laying down for the Liberals. As recently as last week Luke Hartsuyker told Sky News he opposed a Royal Commission into banks. According to the Guardian (22 November 2017):
“The Nationals MP Luke Hartsuyker told Sky News on Wednesday the banks had been subjected to a lot of scrutiny by the Turnbull government and it was hard to see how a royal commission would achieve anything. “I think the sorts of recommendations that would come out of a royal commission are the sorts of things that we’re doing now,” he said. “It’s hard to see how the lawyer’s picnic would advance the case of scrutiny on the banks.””
And today, Malcolm Turnbull comes out and announces a “regrettable” Royal Commission into the banks, bowing to two years of pressure from Labor on the issue.
Luke Hartsuyker’s policy and political judgement has again been shown to be lacking. It is laughable. Locally, he’s been caught out non the Coffs Harbour bypass; he’s bungled the on time competition of the Pacific Highway; he’s defended a second rate NBN and, he was totally out-of-step with his electorate on the marriage equality issue. In the last 18 months he’s been dumped from the Ministry and passed over for re-promotion. His lack of judgment is clear and a real risk for the people of Cowper and the parliament as a whole.
Updated: 30 November 2017