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Karen Andrews

The Hon Karen Andrews MP

Minister for Home Affairs; External Contributor

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The Hon Karen Andrews MP is the Minister for Home Affairs.

After a career as an engineer and running her own industrial relations business, Karen Andrews was elected to parliament in 2010 as the Federal Member for McPherson on the Gold Coast.

Following a period as Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills and Assistant Minister for Science, Minister Andrews was sworn in as Minister for Industry, Science and Technology in the Morrison Government Cabinet in August 2018. In doing so, she became the first ever female cabinet minister from Queensland.

On 30 March 2021, Minister Andrews became the first ever female Minister for Home Affairs. Minister Andrews’ portfolio responsibilities include Australia’s domestic security and law enforcement agencies, cyber security policy, counter terrorism, counter espionage and foreign interference, counter child sexual exploitation, and preparation for the gradual re- opening of Australia’s international borders.