Hartsuyker mooted for ministry
By ADRIAN MILLER
WITH John Anderson's resignation last week as leader of The Nationals, and the appointment of Mark Vaile as his successor, a reshuffle of the Federal Cabinet could lead to Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker being given a junior ministry position.
Mr Hartsuyker, who was first elected in 2001, said while any promotion would be welcome, he was not expecting it.
"That's a decision for Mark Vaile and the Prime Minister to make," he said.
"Certainly there's always speculation at a time like this, and I've been working very hard during my time in parliament."
Mr Hartsuyker said while he was not necessarily seeking out a position in the ministry, he would accept any offer made to him.
"It would certainly be a challenging move for anyone who's relatively new in the parliament," he said.
"There would be some challenges with any move into the ministry, or other areas of the parliament, (and) I would welcome that challenge, but time will tell."
Mr Hartsuyker said economics and regional development would be his preferred areas, but he would be willing to accept any portfolio handed to him.