New face on immigration

Overseas Property | 13 May 2021

On March 30, Karen Andrews became the new minister for home affairs. In her new role, she has great influence over Australia's immigration policy.

So who is Andrews? Well, her political career began in October 2009, when she won a Liberal National Party of Queensland ballot for preselection in the seat of McPherson. She won that election and was reelected in 2013, 2016 and 2019.

She has subsequently held a number of ministerial positions and was a member of the speaker's panel from March 2014 to February 2015. As she is currently the minister in charge of border protection, Andrews will be a key part of discussions on when and how to reopen Australia's borders.

However, she has previously stressed that there will be no softening of Australia's hardline stance on border protection as, in her words, "a change of minister does not mean a change of policy."

Also on her list of priorities is guarding against cyber attacks, shoring up supply chains and protecting critical infrastructure and technologies.

On less border-related matters, Andrews has vowed to keep advocating for more women in Federal Parliament because, in her view, "the Parliament needs to reflect the population as much as possible."

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