Private Members’ Business: Higher Education

  It is my pleasure to start today by congratulating all of those students who have taken the opportunity to continue their education, whether that be through vocational education or through to universities. Congratulations! I think that in continuing your education you have certainly chosen wisely. It is true that we do have a record…

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Gold Coast jobless rate among lowest in country

Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, says the latest regional breakdown of unemployment figures has delivered more good news for Gold Coast job seekers. “The overall unemployment rate for the Gold Coast in January fell to 4.0 per cent compared to 6.3 per cent for the same month last year, giving the region…

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Good news for Gold Coast in latest international student figures

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Federal Member for McPherson, the Hon. Karen Andrews, has welcomed new figures revealing a strong increase in international students numbers in Australia.  “In Queensland, the number of international students rose by 8.7 per cent in 2016 with all universities recording an increase in their international numbers, including…

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Metals to the grind for Tweed River High students

Tweed River High School students are benefitting from a new automotive and engineering centre thanks to a $1 million investment from the Federal Government. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, Karen Andrews, today visited the facility which is creating pathways for local automotive and engineering students into valued careers. “The Turnbull Government is committed…

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New strategy charting a fresh course to career education

A new working group established by the Turnbull Government has met for the first time to map out a national strategy to transform the delivery of career education to students and better prepare them for life beyond school. Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills Karen Andrews said the National Career Education Strategy Working Group…

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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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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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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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