Cowper MP Luke Hartsuyker's 'no comment' to retirement speculation

Cowper MP, Luke Hartsuyker.
Cowper MP, Luke Hartsuyker.

Member for Cowper Luke Hartsuyker is refusing to comment on national press reports that he could retire prior to the next federal election.

The reports even suggested the long-serving member's retirement call would be 'as early as today' (Monday, July 30).

A spokesperson for Mr Hartsuyker’s office says the MP is refusing to comment on the speculation.

"There is no comment from Luke on the matter," the spokesperson said.

The speculation surfaced following the Coalition's poor showing in the weekend's Super Saturday by-elections. 

Labor held onto all four of its contested seats while Rebekha Sharkie held off a challenge from Georgina Downer for the South Australian seat of Mayo.

That poor showing appears to have put the spotlight on Coalition held seats, particularly in Queensland and northern NSW where the sitting members’ margins are less than the increased poll results for Labor in the by-elections.

Former independent member Rob Oakeshott is yet to announce he is a confirmed starter in the next federal election.

Former independent member Rob Oakeshott is yet to announce he is a confirmed starter in the next federal election.

And that is where Mr Hartsuyker's future is currently front and centre in the national debate.

The sitting MP currently holds a 4.6 per cent buffer in Cowper. 

A federal election will be held by May 2019.

Former independent member Rob Oakeshott has not officially confirmed he will contest the next federal election for Cowper. 

The only candidate to date who has officially announced the intention to run against Hartsuyker is Labor’s Andrew Woodward of Bellingen.

Labor candidate Andrew Woodward of Bellingen.

Labor candidate Andrew Woodward of Bellingen.

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