Karen McNamara

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Karen McNamara
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dobell
Assumed office
7 September 2013
Preceded by Craig Thomson
Personal details
Born (1964-04-23) 23 April 1964 (age 50)
Falkirk, Scotland
Nationality Australian
Political party Liberal Party of Australia
Spouse(s) John McNamara
Children 2 sons
Occupation Politician
Website www.karenmcnamara.com.au

Karen Jane McNamara (born 23 April 1964) is an Australian politician. She has been a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives since September 2013, representing the New South Wales electorate of Dobell.


McNamara is a former New South Wales public servant, serving in senior roles for over 20 years.[1] McNamara managed the electoral campaign of Darren Webber for the electorate of Wyong at the 2011 New South Wales state election.[2] In 2013 Webber was forced to resign from the Liberal Party, due to irregularities in his electoral fundraising creating corruption concerns.[3]

At the Australian federal election, 2013, McNamara won the Central Coast seat of Dobell, ousting sitting member, independent Craig Thomson, and narrowly defeating Labor candidate Emma McBride.[4]


  1. ^ "Karen McNamara Member for Dobell". Liberal Party of Australia. Retrieved 7 September 2013. 
  2. ^ Nicholls, Sean (2013-09-23). "Karen McNamara dragged into controversy about political donations". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  3. ^ Gerathy, Sarah (2014-02-19). "Chris Hartcher, Darren Webber and Chris Spence step down from Liberal Party amid corruption claims". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2014-05-02. 
  4. ^ "House of Representatives: NSW: Dobell". Election 2013. Australian Electoral Commission. 13 September 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Craig Thomson
Member for Dobell