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ANDREWS, the Hon. Karen LesleyBiography for ANDREWS, the Hon. Karen Lesley

Member for McPherson (Qld)

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for McPherson, Queensland, 2010. Re-elected 2013, 2016 and 2019.

Parliamentary Positions

Member of the Speaker's Panel from 4.3.2014 to 9.2.2015.

Ministerial Appointments

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science from 23.12.2014 to 21.9.2015.

Assistant Minister for Science from 21.9.2015 to 19.7.2016.

Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills from 19.7.2016 to 28.8.2018.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology from 28.8.2018.

Cabinet Minister from 28.8.2018.

Committee Service

Joint Statutory: Public Works from 25.10.2010 to 3.3.2015 (Chair from 12.12.2013 to 3.3.2015).

House of Representatives Standing: Education and Employment from 25.10.2010 to 10.2.2015; Petitions from 4.12.2013 to 10.2.2015.

Party Positions

Female Vice-President of the Liberal Party Carlton Branch, 1989.

Secretary of Liberal National Party Women, 2008.

Campaign Secretary of the Liberal National Party Mermaid Beach Branch, 2008.

Secretary of the Liberal National Party Mermaid Robina Branch from 2008 to 2009.

Chair of the Liberal National Party McPherson Federal Divisional Council from 2008 to 2009.

Secretary of the Liberal National Party Mermaid Beach State Electoral Council, 2009.

Vice-President of Liberal National Party Women, 2009.


Born 23.8.1960, Brisbane, Australia


Qualifications and Occupations before entering Federal Parliament

BEng(Mech) (Queensland University of Technology).

CertMediation (Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia).

GradDipIndRel (Victoria University).

Engineer from 1983 to 1988.

Industrial advocate from 1988 to 1991.

Human resources manager from 1991 to 1993.

Manager for Health, Education and Community Services at the Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Vic.) from 1993 to 1994.

Assistant Director for Industrial Relations at the Department of Health and Community Services from 1994 to 1996.

Industrial relations and human resources consultant from 1996 to 2010.


Name: McPherson

Location: The Division of McPherson consists of part of the Gold Coast City Council.

Area: 229 Sq km

Electors enrolled: 109,261 (at 11.7.2019)

Industries: Tourism and associated industries and a variety of small industries.