M1 upgrade secured

Federal Member for McPherson, Karen Andrews, says the deal that will end the gridlock between Exits 82 and 85 on the M1 is the result of local state and federal MPs working with their communities. “The deal is great news for anyone who travels along this section of the M1 but it was the work that…

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE – Schools

What I would like to do at the start is put some context around this debate and to make a few things abundantly clear. Labor made unfunded, unbudgeted promises in the lead-up to the 2013 election. Those promises remain unfunded under Labor’s current policies. The Labor government lost the 2013 election, which was a somewhat…

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Karen Andrews calls community meeting on PFAS testing

Concerned residents will be able to hear directly from Airservices Australia and other government departments regarding the latest testing for PFAS at the Gold Coast Airport (GCA) at a meeting organised by Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews. The full report and Airservices Australia statement can be found at http://newsroom.airservicesaustralia.com/news/no-pfas-detected-in-cobaki-broadwater-seafood-testing. Mrs Andrews said…

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Former ADF members encouraged to take up apprenticeships

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews is encouraging former members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to consider taking up an apprenticeship as they transition into civilian life. Speaking at the Australian Defence Force Skills and Apprenticeships Forum hosted by TAFE Directors Australia at Parliament House today, Minister Andrews said skills developed…

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CONSTITUENCY STATEMENTS – Mr Andy Lamont

  I would like to inform the House of a constituent in my electorate of McPherson who encapsulates the spirit of adventure and generosity that Australians have become renowned for.  His name is Andy Lamont, and he is a 58-year-old grandfather from the suburb of Clear Island Waters. But he has been facing anything but…

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Update from Assistant Minister Andrews on Skills Reform

Since I became Assistant Minister, I have met with many of the key stakeholders in this sector through roundtable discussions, forums and site visits. I have also had the opportunity to meet with many students undertaking vocational education and apprentices involved in training. These consultations have identified the importance of strong industry engagement and responsiveness…

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Nominations now open to recognise outstanding locals

Nominations are now open for the 2017 McPherson Community Achiever Awards which recognise residents who make outstanding contributions to our community.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP says the awards highlight the great contribution volunteers make to their organisations, clubs and groups.  “Australians are well known for their unwavering support and hours…

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Strengthening skills and training ties with Indonesia

The strengths of the Australian Vocational Education and Training (VET) system and opportunities for Australia to support Indonesia to meet its skills needs have been the focus of Ministerial talks in Indonesia this week. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews today completed a successful visit to Jakarta after leading the Vocational Education…

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