Giving back to our volunteers on the Gold Coast

Volunteer organisations on the southern Gold Coast are among nearly 2,700 across Australia who’ll benefit from $10 million in Turnbull Government grants to support the important work of community volunteers. Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, said the grants will provide vital support to local community organisations that help many of our…

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Gold Coast schools to boost digital literacy skills

Two Gold Coast schools will be taking a big step in skilling their students for the futurethanks to funding as part of a nation-wide digital literacy program run by the Turnbull Government.  Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP, announced All Saints Anglican School will receive $48,000 and Somerset College will receive $50,000 throughthe Digital…

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Company tax cuts to provide more apprenticeship opportunities

Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews, says the Turnbull Government’s tax cuts for small and medium businesses will provide more opportunities for young people to take up an apprenticeship.  Minister Andrews joined Member for Bonner, Ross Vasta, to visit local company Corona Cabinets that already employs 17 apprentices servicing…

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National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017 – Second Reading

Today I introduce the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017 and its companion bill, the National Vocational Education and Training Regulator (Charges) Amendment (Annual Registration Charge) Bill 2017.   The government is committed to the vital role vocational education and training plays in ensuring Australia has the skilled workforce…

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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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