Luke Hartsuyker no longer holds a position on the Federal Government's front bench after a cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull.
Luke Hartsuyker no longer holds a position on the Federal Government's front bench after a cabinet re-shuffle by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Trevor Veale

Hartsuyker dumped from Government front bench

IT HASN'T been the best of weeks for Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker.

Having been beaten to the deputy leader position of the Nationals by Senator Fiona Nash, when Parliament next sits Mr Hartsuyker will now find himself sitting on the back benches after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull dumped him as part his cabinet re-shuffle.

Mr Turnbull named Senator Scott Ryan as the new Minister for Vocational Education and Skills.

"He is not featuring in the National Party's ministerial line-up on this occasion," Mr Turnbull said.

"I want to thank Luke for his contribution in that profile. He's a great parliamentarian, great Coalitionist and he will be missed."

Mr Hartsuyker has been a stable member of the Coalition front bench for almost a decade and he reflected upon his achievements in the various roles he's filled in the past.

"Over the past eight years, it has been my honour to serve as Deputy Leader of the House, Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Assistant Minister for Employment, Shadow Minister for Consumer Affairs, Financial Services, Superannuation and Corporate Law and as Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Youth and Sport," Mr Hartsuyker said.

"During this time, I have had the privilege of working on a range of initiatives that have delivered better services to people in regional Australia and the broader community.

"I am particularly pleased to have been able to assist job seekers, especially young job seekers in regional areas, through the roll-out of the new jobactive employment service, Work for the Dole and Youth Employment Strategy.

The Cowper MP said it's now time for the Coalition and himself to work toward re-election later in the year.

"I remain deeply committed to promoting regional Australia as not just a great place to live but also a great place to work and do business."



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