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Reshuffle brings new front bench role for Hartsuyker

Luke Hartsuyker was named as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Deputy Leader of the House by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Contributed/File
Luke Hartsuyker was named as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Deputy Leader of the House by new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Photo: Contributed/File Contributed

COWPER MP Luke Hartsuyker has been named the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills as part of new Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's front bench reshuffle.

Prior to Monday's Liberal Party leadership spill, Mr Hartsuyker was part of the Outer Ministry as Assistant Minister for Employment.

The long serving Nationals MP has also maintained his position as Deputy Leader of the House.

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Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is congratulated by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after being sworn in as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills during a ceremony at Government House in Canberra. Photo: Contributed
Federal Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is congratulated by Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove after being sworn in as the Minister for Vocational Education and Skills during a ceremony at Government House in Canberra. Photo: Contributed

Improved vocational training for the unemployed is anm issue the new Minister has highlighted in the past in his previous role.

A year ago figures from the Department of Employment revealed 71.3% of job seekers who were sent to a vocational training course to gain work skills and qualifications in the previous financial year, were still looking for work three months after finishing their course.

"One of the complaints I have repeatedly heard from job seekers is that they are being sent on training for trainings' sake," Mr Hartsuyker said at the time.

"This is a waste of job seekers' time and taxpayers' money."

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In Mr Hartsuyker's second term as the member for Cowper, he was Chair of the Education and Vocational Training committee in the Howard Government, producing the "Top of the Class" report into teacher education.

"The further education and training of Australians is vital to the productivity of our nation and improves the prospects of those wishing to enter the workforce or elevate skills to enable them to succeed in obtaining the best job they can," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"It was a great honour to have served as the Assistant Employment Minister for the past two years; we achieved significant policy milestones, in particular the roll out of the Jobactive network.

"There are many synergies between my role as Assistant Employment Minister and this new ministerial portfolio I have been appointed to within the Turnbull Ministry."

Topics:  cabinet reshuffle, luke hartsuyker, malcolm turnbull



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