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.

  • Opening of the Inaugural 2017 VET in Schools Forum Monday, 26 June 2017
  • Constituency Statement: Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter service Wednesday, 21 June 2017
  • Time for Boral to accept the will of the people on Tallebudgera quarry proposal Wednesday, 21 June 2017
  • Veterans’ Health Week to promote physical activity in veterans Monday, 19 June 2017
  • One-off payment of up to $75 to help thousands on Gold Coast Friday, 16 June 2017
  • Gold Coast Trades College Graduation Friday, 16 June 2017
  • Trade workshops open at Nerang State High School Friday, 16 June 2017
  • Australian Hairdressing Industry Conference Speech Friday, 9 June 2017
  • Review of national vocational education legislation Thursday, 8 June 2017
  • Locals Urged to Back Online M1 Petition Tuesday, 6 June 2017
  • Local Drug Action Team applications now open Thursday, 1 June 2017
  • The Education Legislation Amendment (Provider Integrity and Other Measures) Bill 2017 Second Reading Speech Thursday, 1 June 2017
  • $346 million funding boost one step closer for local schools Tuesday, 30 May 2017
  • Appropriations Bill Speech Tuesday, 30 May 2017
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Schools Wednesday, 24 May 2017
  • Speeches to G20 Labour and Employment Conference – BAD NEUENAHR, GERMANY May 18 & 19 Monday, 22 May 2017
  • New online service to help thousands of training graduates Monday, 22 May 2017
  • Higher Education Support Legislation Amendment (A More Sustainable, Responsive and Transparent Higher Education System) Bill 2017 Thursday, 11 May 2017
  • Australian Education Amendment Bill 2017 - Second Reading Thursday, 11 May 2017
  • CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - McPherson Electorate: McPherson Community Achiever Awards Thursday, 11 May 2017
  • POST-BUDGET INDUSTRY BREAKFAST KEYNOTE ADDRESS SKILLING AUSTRALIANS FUND Wednesday, 10 May 2017
  • Boosting and supporting apprenticeships on the Gold Coast Tuesday, 9 May 2017
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Schools Tuesday, 9 May 2017
  • Skills in the spotlight at the Gold Coast Careers Festival Tuesday, 9 May 2017
  • VET to play a key role in providing the skilled workers Indi needs Monday, 8 May 2017
  • New resources showcase high-quality VET in secondary schools Monday, 8 May 2017
  • 15 hours of preschool a week for all Gold Coast children Saturday, 6 May 2017
  • 2017 McPherson Awards Thursday, 4 May 2017
  • Giving back to our volunteers on the Gold Coast Wednesday, 3 May 2017
  • 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
  • National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017 - Second Reading Thursday, 30 March 2017
  • GOVERNOR GENERAL'S SPEECH - Address-in-Reply Wednesday, 29 March 2017
  • M1 upgrade secured Saturday, 25 March 2017
  • Education and Other Legislation Amendment Bill (No. 1) 2017 Thursday, 23 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
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Schools Wednesday, 22 March 2017
  • CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - Mr Andy Lamont Monday, 20 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
  • CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS - McPherson Electorate: Lions Clubs International Tuesday, 28 February 2017
  • MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE - Child Care Tuesday, 28 February 2017
  • Private Members' Business: Higher Education Monday, 27 February 2017
  • PRIVATE MEMBERS' BUSINESS; Disability Services 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
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