Gold Coast MP Karen Andrews has been promoted to one of the most senior positions in the Federal Government after being appointed Minister for Home Affairs.
She takes over from Peter Dutton who moves to the Defence Portfolio, replacing Linda Reynolds.
Ms Andrews has been Minister for Industry, Science and Technology since 2018.
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison heaped praise on Ms Andrews while unveiling his new-look cabinet today.
“Karen has done an outstanding job in her role, particularly bringing together and championing Australia’s advanced manufacturing strategy,” Mr Morrison said.
“She is a woman of great talent, of great experience and great practicality.
“I first put Karen into the cabinet because I believed so heavily in her abilities and I’m so pleased in the job that she’s done and now she’s ready for a new job and I think she’s going to do an outstanding job.”
Ms Andrews says she is incredibly honoured to serve as Home Affairs Minister.
“The security of our nation should never be taken for granted. Our deepest responsibility as parliamentarians is to keep Australians safe and secure – and that is what will drive me every day in the Home Affairs portfolio,” Ms Andrews said.
“My priorities will be keeping our borders secure, our communities safe, and ensuring our nation maintains its reputation as a serious global citizen in international efforts to counter extremism.
“I also look forward to being involved in the new Cabinet taskforce established by the Prime Minister to address the Government’s agenda and response to key issues involving women’s equality, women’s safety, women’s economic security, and women’s health and wellbeing.”
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Fellow Gold Coast MP Stuart Robert will also take on a new role.
He will move from Minister for Government Services and the NDIS to Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business.
Mr Robert has thanked the Prime Minister for the opportunity to serve in his new portfolio.
“Australia’s comeback is well underway. We need to ensure it continues,” Mr Robert said.
“As Minister for Employment, Workforce, Skills, Small and Family Business my priority will be to continue the comeback through building a workforce that can drive Australia’s prosperity.”