Commemorating Remembrance Day 2018 on the Gold Coast

On Sunday, 11 November 2018, Australia will mark a significant milestone in its military history, commemorating the centenary of the Armistice that ended the fighting in the First World War. 100 years ago, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent and the most…

Details

CSIRO’s fish ID research to help on a global scale

Specimens from the Australian National Fish Collection in Hobart are helping improve the monitoring and management of fisheries thousands of kilometres away, through a project developed by CSIRO.  Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews has toured the fishIDER (fish Identification Database and Educational Resource) during a visit to CSIRO’s Hobart site, saying it shows how Australian research improves industry outcomes…

Details

Drones unlock safer future for underground mines

A new autonomous drone start-up from Queensland, Emesent, has received venture capital backing for its technology to make underground mines safer and more productive.  Emesent’s first product, Hovermap, is installed on drones to automate data collection in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey, such as in mines. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said Emesent featured world-leading…

Details

Helping Gold Coast’s students make informed choices

Local MP, Karen Andrews has encouraged students on the Gold Coast to research and apply for more than 7,000 higher education courses using a new website launched today. Mrs Andrews said the Course Seeker website would allow prospective undergraduate students to compare and apply for courses that are right for them. “This website provides students with transparent, independent and unbiased information,” Mrs…

Details

One-stop-shop for financial complaints opens for business

Gold Coast consumers and small business will be spared the expense and inconvenience associated with taking financial complaints to court, with the Coalition Government’s Australian Financial Complaints Authority (AFCA) open for business as of Thursday 1 November 2018. “This new one-stop shop will deliver free, fast and binding service for all financial complaints, whether they relate to banks, credit providers,…

Details

Making Space for Science

Local Gold Coast schools and community organisations that encourage practical skills, creativity and entrepreneurial thinking can apply for a grant between $2,000 and $20,000 from the Coalition Government. Applications for the Coalition Government’s Maker Projects grants will open on Thursday 8 November. “The Coalition is providing $1 million in grants through the Maker Projects program, supporting the development of…

Details

Lower power prices coming for the Gold Coast

Families and small businesses on the Gold Coast will benefit from big savings under the Morrison Government’s new plan for affordable and reliable energy. The Morrison Government will: Stop the price gouging by the big energy companies by banning sneaky late payment penalties, requiring them to pass on savings in wholesale prices to customers, strengthening the regulator’s power to crack down…

Details

Chartering New Territories in Space

Entering new frontiers, the Coalition Government has approved the Australian Space Agency’s Charter to support development of national civil space priorities.  The Charter, released today, specifies that an independent, skills-based Advisory Board will provide advice to the Agency Head, Dr Megan Clark AC. Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews says the Charter builds on the Coalition’s establishment of the Australian…

Details

Round four of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program opens

Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, is today encouraging community organisations and local businesses to get on board to support the opening of round four of the Coalition Government’s Mobile Black Spot Program (MBSP). Greater access to mobile services in regional Australia improve the ability to keep in contact with family and friends; allow better access by farmers to online services…

Details

National Flag Day

Like many of my colleagues in this place, one of my very great honours and duties is to distribute Australian flags to local schools, community groups and individuals in my electorate who request them. These flags are proudly carried to all corners of the globe by exchange students. They are proudly flown at RSLs and…

Details