Karen McNamara

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Karen McNamara
Member of the Australian Parliament
for Dobell
In office
7 September 2013 – 2 July 2016
Preceded by Craig Thomson
Succeeded by Emma McBride
Personal details
Born (1964-04-23) 23 April 1964 (age 53)
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 was a Liberal member of the Australian House of Representatives from 2013 to 2016, representing the New South Wales electorate of Dobell. She lost her seat at the 2016 election. She was replaced by Emma McBride who recorded a 7.6% swing to Labor.


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] At the 2016 election, McBride, the daughter of former state MP Grant McBride, turned the tables, defeating McNamara after achieving a swing of over four percent.[5]


  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. 
  5. ^ "Dobell, NSW". Tally Room. Australian Electoral Commission. Retrieved 2017-09-12. 
Parliament of Australia
Preceded by
Craig Thomson
Member for Dobell
Succeeded by
Emma McBride