Karen Andrews MP – Federal Member for McPherson
Karen’s commitment to serving the local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson and she was successful at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected in 2013 and again in 2016 and 2019 to represent Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament.
In March 2021, Karen was elevated to Minister for Home Affairs in the Morrison Government Cabinet, listing her priorities as securing Australia’s borders, keeping communities safe, and ensuring the nation maintains its reputation as a serious global citizen in international efforts to counter extremism. You can read the full statement here.
Prior to this, Karen served as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology from August 2018, carrying out significant work to help Australian industry to flourish. As Industry Minister, Karen put Australian manufacturing back on the map with the $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, as well as the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. She guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, and towards a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.