Prime Minister Scott Morrison has voted for continuity with the reappointment of Karen Andrews as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology – with the growth of Australia’s space sector a key objective.
Minister Andrews welcomed her reappointment, saying, "As a mechanical engineer before my time in Parliament, I am delighted to continue in this portfolio, and build on the Liberal National government’s achievements since 2013, including the National Innovation and Science Agenda, which I worked on during my time as Assistant Minister for Science."
In a statement, she added, "I will continue to work to strengthen Australian industries so they can drive our nation’s economic growth and create more jobs, and I will ensure this country’s science and technology sectors continue to thrive and position Australia at the forefront of new developments in these fields."
Australia's space sector will figure strongly in Minister Andrews continued role as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology.
"I am pleased to continue to propel Australia’s space sector into the future after we established the Australian Space Agency in 2017," she said.
The Coalition recognises the value of science to Australia’s future jobs and prosperity and said it has demonstrated this through its investment into science agencies – like CSIRO, AIMS and ANSTO – and the innovative work they do.
"I am particularly delighted to continue to assist girls and women to chase their dreams in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) – to level gender inequity and ensure there is greater female representation in STEM studies and careers," Minister Andrews added.
Minister Andrews was sworn in at a ceremony at Government House in Canberra.
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