Karen Andrews MP – Federal Member for McPherson

Swearing in

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.

Karen was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. She retained this vital portfolio following the Coalition’s 2019 election win.

In this role, Minister Andrews has done significant work to help Australian industry to flourish, with commitments including the $160 million Manufacturing Modernisation Fund. She has guided the Australian Space Agency through its highly successful first year, as it works to a goal of tripling the size of the sector to $12 billion and creating 20,000 new jobs by 2030.

Prior to this, Karen held a leadership position during 2013 and 2014 as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works. She served in this capacity until December 2014, when she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science.

Karen’s also served as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills and Assistant Minister for Science in the Turnbull Ministry, where she was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.