Karen Struthers

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The Hon
Karen Struthers
Karen Struthers, Queensland Labor MP in 2010.jpg
Minister for Community Services of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Preceded by Lindy Nelson-Carr (Communities)
Succeeded by Tracy Davis (Communities)
Minister for Housing of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Preceded by Robert Schwarten
Succeeded by Bruce Flegg
Minister for Women of Queensland
In office
26 March 2009 – 26 March 2012
Preceded by Margaret Keech
Succeeded by Tracy Davis (as Minister for Communities)
Member of the Queensland Legislative Assembly
for Archerfield
In office
13 June 1998 – 17 February 2001
Preceded by Len Ardill
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Member of the Queensland Parliament for Algester
In office
17 February 2001 – 24 March 2012
Preceded by New seat
Succeeded by Anthony Shorten
Personal details
Born (1963-02-19) 19 February 1963 (age 52)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Nationality Australian
Political party Labor Party
Alma mater University of Queensland, Griffith University

Karen Struthers (born 19 February 1963) is an Australian politician. She represented the electoral district of Algester in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from its inception at the 2001 state election[1] until her defeat in the 2012 election. She first entered Parliament at the 1998 election, winning the seat of Archerfield after the retirement of sitting member Len Ardill.[2] She was promoted to the front bench on 12 February 2004 as Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier (Multicultural Affairs) and Minister for Trade. She was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Employment, Training and Industrial Relations on 28 July 2012 and became Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health on 13 September 2006. In March 2009, she was promoted to the Cabinet as Minister for Community Services and Housing and Minister for Women.[3]


  1. ^ Green, Anthony. "Algester". ABC Elections: 2009 Queensland Election (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Riggert, E (15 June 1998). "New MP can't wait to report for duty". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia). p. 8. 
  3. ^ Odgers, Rosemary; Lion, Patrick (25 March 2009). "Eight new faces in Cabinet clean-out - Ministers told to get runs on the board". The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Australia). p. 4. 
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Len Ardill
Member for Archerfield
New seat Member for Algester
Succeeded by
Anthony Shorten