Mental Health support partnership launched

A CLUB to support local people impacted by long-term mental illness is being launched today in Cairns, based on the experience and success of similar groups in 34 countries. The Mental Illness Fellowship of North Queensland (MIFNQ) together with a Cairns-based committee chaired by Supreme Court Judge Justice Jim Henry, is establishing a Clubhouse based…

Employees to be given greater options with IFAs

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has argued for greater flexibility of employment arrangements and a review of penalty rates that are crippling small businesses in the Far North. Speaking in Parliament on the Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014, Mr Entsch said it was imperative to reduce the Far North’s unacceptably high levels of business…

NBN rollout continues in Cairns

MORE than 5000 households and businesses in Cairns are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network. Build preparation work is now underway in the suburbs of Manoora, Whitfield and Edge Hill, which will enable the NBN to pass around 2800 premises. Work will be visible in streets as pre-construction activity begins,…

Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014

I welcome the opportunity to speak on this bill. Unlike the previous speaker, the member for Lalor, I will not be speaking about hypotheticals. The Fair Work Amendment Bill 2014 certainly covers a number of issues, including addressing the current imbalance in union workplace access rules, right of entry and Greenfields agreements. However, I want…

Cairns seniors fit the digital profile

A NEW online account feature that allows Centrelink customers to update their income and asset details online means even more convenience for Cairns seniors. Minister for Human Services Senator the Hon Marise Payne and Federal Member for Leichhardt the Hon Warren Entsch today visited the Cairns one-stop shop to meet with staff and observe digital service…

More support for patients with prostate cancer

THE Cairns area is receiving funding for a specialist prostate cancer nurse to provide support for patients, their families and carers. Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch MP said prostate cancer was the most common form of cancer affecting Australian men (excluding non-melanoma skin cancers), with 19,821 men diagnosed in 2010. “The good news is that…