Gold Coast Pop-up Science Centre for National Science Week

Griffith University Gold Coast will bring the fun of National Science Week to the Gold Coast after receiving $20,000 from the Australian Government to deliver the Pop-Up Science Centre. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, congratulated Griffith University for its efforts to inspire people about…

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Gold Coast 101 Update

In November last year, I informed the House of an ambitious project launched in my home city of the Gold Coast called the GC101 campaign. The campaign set out to sign up 101 local school leavers as apprentices in just seven weeks. As the local federal member and the Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and…

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Private Members’ Business: Schools

I am delighted to be up here, speaking on this motion. I commend the speeches that have been made by my colleagues the member for Forde and the member for Berowra. They certainly put into context the debate that we are having today. It is important, though, that I also put on the record, in…

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MATTERS OF PUBLIC IMPORTANCE: Education

Mrs Andrews: I have a message for the mums and dads of Australia, and that very simple message is that your kids will get a better quality education under a coalition government than you will ever get for your kids under a Labor government.                 Honourable members interjecting— Mrs ANDREWS: The reason for that is…

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Labor’s dismal record on apprenticeships

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Training, the Hon Karen Andrews, says Australians should not be fooled by Bill Shorten’s speech to the National Press Club today. “Labor is no friend of apprentices and they have the dismal record to show it,” Minister Andrews said. “With Bill Shorten playing a lead role, Labor ripped $1.2…

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A compromise needed for Australia Day date

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson Karen Andrews has proposed a compromise solution to the discussion over what date we should celebrate Australia Day. “I propose we make the last Friday in January our national day in a move that could benefit all sides in the debate,” Mrs Andrews…

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Good news for young and older Gold Coast job seekers

The regional breakdown of the latest unemployment figures has revealed some encouraging news for job seekers on the Gold Coast according to Federal member for McPherson, Hon Karen Andrews.   Figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics show the unemployment rate in the Gold Coast region is well below the national average.   “The overall…

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Honouring our local military history and personnel

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon Karen Andrews MP is asking local community groups to apply for Australian Government grants to support projects that honour Australia’s military history and personnel. Minister Andrews said the Government awarded more than $15,000 of grants to community groups in the McPherson…

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