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|Member of the Australian Parliament
21 August 2010
|Preceded by||Margaret May|
23 August 1960 |
|Political party||Liberal National Party of Queensland|
Karen Lesley Andrews (born 23 August 1960) is an Australian politician, elected to the Australian House of Representatives in 2010 as the Federal Member for the Queensland seat of McPherson. Born in Townsville, Queensland, Andrews was educated at the Queensland University of Technology and Victoria University. She worked as an engineer at various power stations, chemical and petrochemical sites before embarking on a career as an industrial relations advocate and entering politics.
Education and early career
Andrews graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 1983 with a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering before going on to work at various power stations in Queensland, and later chemical and petrochemical sites interstate, where she specialised in design and plant maintenance.
After working as an engineer for a number of years, Andrews completed a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations from the Victoria University and began a new career as an industrial relations advocate working in the engineering and construction industries. Her expertise in industrial relations resulted in the Victorian Government approaching her to head up the Industrial Relations Branch of the Department of Health and Community Services, where she was responsible for negotiating with public sector employees including nurses, ambulance officers, doctors and community service workers.
In the mid-1990s Andrews and her husband established a private human resources and industrial relations consultancy with a client base throughout Australia and New Zealand. She undertook further studies in alternate dispute resolution gaining a Certificate in Mediation from the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators Australia to assist businesses and individuals with disputes through negotiation and mediation.
Andrews was elected at the 2010 Federal Election to represent the Southern Gold Coast electorate of McPherson in the Australian House of Representatives of the Commonwealth Parliament and is a member of the Liberal Party of Australia. McPherson covers an area of approximately 230 km2 from Coolangatta in the south to Clear Island Waters and Merrimac in the north, and west to Mudgeeraba and Tallebudgera Valley. As part of her Parliamentary duties Andrews is a member of the House of Representatives Standing Committee for on Education and Employment and the Joint Standing Committee on Public Works. She co-founded and Co-Chairs the Parliamentary Friends of Science, which seeks to promote closer engagement between the scientific community and political representatives, and is the Vice-Chair of Parliamentary Friends of Taiwan.
Andrews is a strong supporter of the not-for-profit sector and their contribution to local communities. She is patron of Point Danger Branch Surf Life Saving Club, Palm Beach Surf Life Saving Club, Coolangatta Senior Citizen’s Centre and the Australian Shuffleboard Association. She is also passionate about helping the Veteran community which is influenced by the work of her father through his contributions in assisting TPI pensioners.
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for McPherson