About Karen

Karen Andrews MP - Federal Member for McPherson

Karen Andrews MP

Karen brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her roles as Assistant Minister and Federal Member for McPherson.

Her commitment to serving the local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson and she was elected at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected with an increased majority in 2013.

Karen has a history of being prepared to fight for what she believes in. As one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 1983, and later working at power stations and petrochemical sites in regional Queensland and interstate, Karen knows that it takes hard work and determination to succeed in sometimes difficult circumstances.

Having run her own Human Resources and Industrial Relations Consultancy, Karen understands the pressures of owning and running a small business.  She is a strong advocate for local businesses as the powerhouse of our local economy. 

Karen brings her trademark drive and determination to her job representing Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament.  Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position  as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.

She served in this capacity until December 2014, when she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science.  Karen then served as Assistant Minister for Science from September 2015 - July 2016 in the Turnbull Ministry. Following the 2016 election, she was appointed Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills.  

A long-term resident of the Southern Gold Coast, Karen understands the challenges and pressures of raising a family.  She is married with three children attending school and University.

If you would like to read Karen’s Maiden Speech to the House of Representatives, click here.

  • Gold Coast schools to boost digital literacy skills Saturday, 22 April 2017
  • Company tax cuts to provide more apprenticeship opportunities Thursday, 6 April 2017
  • Address in Reply Speech Monday, 3 April 2017
  • M1 upgrade secured Saturday, 25 March 2017
  • Former ADF members encouraged to take up apprenticeships Wednesday, 22 March 2017
  • Karen Andrews calls community meeting on PFAS testing Wednesday, 22 March 2017
  • Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform Thursday, 16 March 2017
  • Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals Monday, 13 March 2017
  • INDONESIAN AUSTRALIA BUSINESS WEEK 2017 Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia Wednesday, 8 March 2017
  • Private Members' Business: Higher Education Monday, 27 February 2017
  • Gold Coast jobless rate among lowest in country Friday, 24 February 2017
  • Good news for Gold Coast in latest international student figures Thursday, 23 February 2017
  • Metals to the grind for Tweed River High students Tuesday, 21 February 2017
  • New strategy charting a fresh course to career education Monday, 20 February 2017
  • Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017 Thursday, 16 February 2017
  • Gold Coast 101 Update Tuesday, 14 February 2017
  • Gold Coast Pop-up Science Centre for National Science Week Tuesday, 14 February 2017
  • Private Members' Business: Schools Monday, 13 February 2017
  • Education Debate in Parliament Thursday, 9 February 2017
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: Education Thursday, 9 February 2017
  • Aussie kids given immediate access to life-changing cystic fibrosis drug Wednesday, 8 February 2017
  • Labor’s dismal record on apprenticeships Tuesday, 31 January 2017
  • New campaign sets Dunkley young people on a path to a fulfilling career Monday, 30 January 2017
  • Good news for young and older Gold Coast job seekers Friday, 27 January 2017
  • A compromise needed for Australia Day date Friday, 27 January 2017
  • Honouring our local military history and personnel Monday, 23 January 2017
  • #GC101 on track to put 101 young Gold Coasters into apprenticeships Thursday, 22 December 2016
  • Surge in training commencements for non-trade careers Monday, 19 December 2016
  • #GC101 campaign putting young Gold Coast people into jobs and careers Friday, 16 December 2016
  • Turnbull Government’s app-dated guide for parents and families Tuesday, 13 December 2016
  • Supporting our female STEM leaders of tomorrow Monday, 12 December 2016
  • New Chief Commissioner to lead the Australian Skills Quality Authority Friday, 9 December 2016
  • Foundation skills programs put students on path to success Tuesday, 6 December 2016
  • CONSTITUENCY STATEMENT: GC101 Thursday, 1 December 2016
  • Improving Natural Disaster Resilience for the Southern Gold Coast Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • Gold Coast student awarded prestigious New Colombo Plan scholarship Wednesday, 30 November 2016
  • ILS must come with conditions imposed Tuesday, 29 November 2016
  • Shop small and local this Christmas Monday, 28 November 2016
  • Australian Engineering Conference 2016 Monday, 28 November 2016
  • Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards Friday, 25 November 2016
  • Master Builders Australia National Excellence in Building and Construction Awards Thursday, 24 November 2016
  • Grants available to support volunteers on the Gold Coast Thursday, 24 November 2016
  • $4 million boost for Australia’s growing citizen science movement Tuesday, 22 November 2016
  • Petition: Road Infrastructure Monday, 21 November 2016
  • Modelling positive outcomes for young NT apprentices Monday, 21 November 2016
  • Australia’s most skilled recognised nationally Friday, 18 November 2016
  • Launch of the Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Program Thursday, 17 November 2016
  • Speech to Open Skills Forum Darwin Thursday, 17 November 2016
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