none

INDUSTRY AND SCIENCE RETURN TO THE CABINET

27-08-2018
by 
in 
Karen Andrews, Minister for Industry, Science and Technology

One positive move to come out of the political turmoil of the past week has been the return of the Industry and Science portfolios to the Cabinet under the new Morrison Ministry.

Karen Andrews MP is the new Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, resurrecting a role that had previously been subsumed into the Jobs Ministry.

Andrews is Federal Member for McPherson, and was formerly Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills. She says: “I look forward to drawing on my background as a mechanical engineer to carry out my new ministerial role.”

Interestingly, the Minister previously served as Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry and Science and Assistant Minister for Science, and says she is looking forward to progressing the Government’s work in this area.

Responding, Shadow Minister Senator Kim Carr congratulated Karen Andrews on her appointment but pointed out that she would be the sixth Coalition Minister for Industry and Science in the past five years.

Senator Carr also highlighted the fact that the return of the Industry and Science portfolios to the Cabinet seems to have come at the expense of the Innovation portfolio, which now sees its turn outside the cabinet room.

“Under Tony Abbott, the word ‘innovation’ was all but banned,” he said. “Then, under Malcolm Turnbull it briefly became almost compulsory.”

Industry Update is pleased to announce that Minister Andrews has agreed to continue to contribute a regular column to the magazine, starting with the October 2018 edition.

Related news & editorials

  1. 20.10.2020
    20.10.2020
    by      In
    It was touted as a major boon for Australian manufacturing, yet the 2020 Budget would appear to be nothing more than a back to the future moment, spruiking Labor’s plan for jobs first announced in 2012.
     A big ticket item was the announcement of six priority areas for investment. While we welcome... Read More
  2. 20.10.2020
    20.10.2020
    by      In , In
    In his Budget speech, Treasurer Josh Frydenberg announced that the federal government would introduce a new round of changes to the Research and Development Tax Incentive.
    Industry Update’s readers will know that I have long been concerned about a Morrison government bill aimed at cutting $1.8... Read More
  3. 20.10.2020
    20.10.2020
    by      In
    In a world that has been shaken and changed by COVID-19, Australians are understandably concerned about where to from here.
    However, history has shown that through adversity, greatness can be borne. As Australians, it’s something we know too well.
    And so it is with Australian manufacturing. Our... Read More
  4. 11.09.2020
    11.09.2020
    by      In , In
    As we entered 2020, nothing could have prepared Australians that we were set to face economic turmoil not seen since the Great Depression, borne out of a global virus.
    While we don’t know the precise effects of this virus nor in turn the economic consequences, what we do know is that we are... Read More