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Biography

Karen brings her experience in engineering, industrial relations and running her own business to her roles as a Cabinet Minister and Federal Member for McPherson.

Her commitment to serving the local community led to her decision to stand as the LNP candidate for McPherson and she was elected at the 2010 election. Karen was re-elected with an increased majority in 2013.

Karen has a history of being prepared to fight for what she believes in. As one of only two female graduates in Mechanical Engineering at QUT in 1983, and later working at power stations and petrochemical sites in regional Queensland and interstate, Karen knows that it takes hard work and determination to succeed in sometimes difficult circumstances.

Having run her own Human Resources and Industrial Relations Consultancy, Karen understands the pressures of owning and running a small business. She is a strong advocate for local businesses as the powerhouse of our local economy.

Karen brings her trademark drive and determination to her job representing Southern Gold Coast residents in the Federal Parliament. Following the 2013 election, she took on a leadership position as Chair of the House of Representatives Joint Standing Committee on Public Works – one of the oldest investigatory Committees of the Parliament, and a “watchdog” on Government building and works programs.

She served in this capacity until December 2014, when she was appointed as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science. Karen then served as Assistant Minister for Science from September 2015 - July 2016 in the Turnbull Ministry. Following the 2016 election, she was appointed Assistant Minister for Vocational Education & Skills. In August 2018, Karen was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet.

A long-term resident of the Southern Gold Coast, Karen understands the challenges and pressures of raising a family. She is married with three children attending school and University.

From Karen

Same old Labor.

Jan 28

In the middle of a global pandemic, Labor is focused on itself.

Jan 28

Lots of kids will be heading back to school this week, and some will be starting for the first time. Wishing them all (and their mums and dads) a happy first day. 2020 was a really tough year for our children with #COVID19 causing lots of interruption and uncertainty. We still face many more challenges this year but here’s hoping 2021 will be a better year. Good luck also to all those students heading into Year 12 and their final year of school. Here’s a throwback photo of me in my Clovelly Public School uniform back when I was aged around 5. I have many fond memories of my time at Clovelly. I remember my teachers so well. Mrs Hitchings in K, Miss Gould in 1st Class and Mrs O’Connor in 2nd class.

Jan 27

"It doesn't matter if you're Jewish or non-Jewish, understanding the Holocaust and learning the lessons of the past is critical to a better future for us all" - Josh Frydenberg

Jan 27

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