Andrew Powell (politician)

Andrew Cary Powell (born 15 May 1973) is an Australian politician. He was first elected for the seat of Glass House to the Queensland Parliament for the Liberal National Party of Queensland at the 2009 Queensland election.

Andrew Powell

Shadow Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning
Assumed office
15 December 2017
LeaderDeb Frecklington
Preceded byDeb Frecklington (State Development and Infrastructure)
Ian Walker (Planning)
Shadow Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Shadow Minister for Local Government
In office
6 May 2016  15 December 2017
LeaderTim Nicholls
Preceded byScott Emerson (Transport)
Fiona Simpson (Main Roads and Local Government)
Succeeded bySteve Minnikin (Transport and Main Roads)
Ann Leahy (Local Government)
Shadow Minister for Energy and Water Supply
In office
14 February 2015  6 May 2016
LeaderLawrence Springborg
Preceded byCurtis Pitt
Succeeded byMichael Hart
Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection of Queensland
In office
3 April 2012  14 February 2015
PremierCampbell Newman
Preceded byVicky Darling (Environment)
Succeeded bySteven Miles
Member of the Queensland Parliament
for Glass House
Assumed office
21 March 2009
Preceded byCarolyn Male
Personal details
Born (1973-05-15) 15 May 1973
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Political partyLiberal National Party
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationPublic servant


Powell was born in Melbourne, but moved to Sydney while in primary school and later to Queensland. He received a Bachelor of Science and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland in 1995, and a Certificate III in Public Administration from the Department of Defence in 1996. He became a public servant with the Commonwealth Department of Defence (1996–2000) before spending a year as a short-term missionary in Fiji and New Zealand. When he returned, he re-entered the public service in the Queensland Department of the Premier and Cabinet (2001–04) and then Child Safety (2005–09). In the 2009 Queensland state election, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Queensland for the seat of Glass House, representing the Liberal National Party.[1]

After retaining his seat with an increased majority at the 2012 Queensland state election, Powell was sworn in as Minister for the Environment and Heritage Protection in the Newman ministry on 3 April 2012.[2]

In 2014 as the environment minister, he advised Australians to boycott the American ice-cream company Ben & Jerry's, saying they had damaged the reputation of the Great Barrier Reef and jeopardised jobs and tourism dollars.[3]

Powell narrowly retained his seat in the 2015 Queensland state election but lost his ministerial responsibilities as result of the election of the Palaszczuk Labor Government.


  1. "Andrew Cary Powell". Archived from the original on 2 June 2009. Retrieved 31 May 2009.
  2. "Premier announces new Ministry". Department of Premier and Cabinet. 30 March 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2012.
  3. "Ben and Jerry's ice cream hurting reef: Qld govt". 29 April 2014. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
Parliament of Queensland
Preceded by
Carolyn Male
Member for Glass House

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