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, 2019 and 2022 to represent Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament.

In March 2021, Karen was elevated to Minister for Home Affairs, 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.

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.

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 has also served as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills and Assistant Minister for Science, where she was one of the architects of the $1.1 billion National Innovation and Science Agenda.