The Hon. Warren Entsch MP
Warren's diverse career history has given him a unique insight when representing his constituency in Canberra. He has worked as a railway porter, insurance clerk, real estate salesman, fitter and turner with a mining company, grazier, crocodile farmer, and served Australia for nine years in the RAAF as an aircraft engine fitter. He has also played an active role on numerous Cape York industry and advisory groups.
Warren was first elected to Parliament in March 1996 as the Member for Leichhardt. As a new member, he was privileged to serve on several joint committees addressing Native Title issues, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Environment, Recreation and the Arts.
From 1998 to 2001 Warren held the role of Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources and from 2002-06 he was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources. In 2007 he was appointed to the Northern Australia Water and Land Taskforce.
Warren resigned as Parliamentary Secretary prior to his retirement from politics at the 2007 election to spend more time with his teenage son before he ventured off to university. In 2010, Warren decided to recontest the seat of Leichhardt and on his re-election, was appointed Chief Opposition Whip in the 43rd parliament.
He was again re-elected at the 2013 election and appointed Chair of the Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, which produced the Pivot North report – the recommendations of which contributed to the Coalition Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. He continues to work to ensure the timely implementation of White Paper initiatives.
Warren is actively involved in the local community, and is Patron of a number of groups including the Vietnam Veterans’ Motorcycle Club (FNQ Chapter), the North Queensland Rubies women’s indigenous hockey team, the Blaze men’s indigenous hockey team, the Gulf Horizons Foundation rural charity and the Leichhardt Lions football club. He is a keen supporter and sponsor of local events, sporting clubs and other non-profits and is a Rotarian.
Warren works hard to support opportunities for economic development in Far North Queensland and Northern Australia, particularly in relation to his vision for a strong and sustainable commercial, recreational and sports fishing industry. He also advocates for a range of social issues such as the arts, aged care, mental health, marriage equality and reducing discrimination for LGBTI Australians, and the tuberculosis challenge in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea.
When he’s not working in the electorate or in Canberra, he enjoys spending time on his farm with his family, collecting art, breeding birds, bushwalking or riding his Harley Davidson.