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 55)
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 who served in the Legislative Assembly of Queensland from 1998 to 2001.

She first entered Parliament at the 1998 election, winning the seat of Archerfield after the retirement of sitting member Len Ardill.[1]

Archerfield was abolished in a redistribution ahead of the 2001 state election, and Struthers followed most of her constituents into the new seat of Algester,[2] which she held until her defeat in the 2012 election. 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]

Struthers was one of several Labor MPs in previously safe seats who were swept out in the massive Liberal National landslide of 2012, losing to LNP challenger Anthony Shorten on a swing of over 18 percent—enough to turn the seat from safe Labor to safe LNP in one stroke. In a measure of the backlash against Labor that year, Struthers had seen off a challenge from Shorten in 2009, taking 59 percent of the two-party vote.


  1. ^ Riggert, E (15 June 1998). "New MP can't wait to report for duty". The Courier-Mail. Brisbane, Australia. p. 8. 
  2. ^ Green, Anthony. "Algester". ABC Elections: 2009 Queensland Election. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 8 February 2010. 
  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