Affordable, available child care high on the agenda

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch was today joined by Federal Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley, as the Abbott Government delivers on its promise to deliver more affordable, flexible and accessible child care for Far North Queensland families. The visit by the Assistant Minister comes one week after the Government received a draft Productivity…

Regional arts fund delivers projects for Leichhardt

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Australian Government’s Regional Arts Fund will help Far Northerners celebrate arts, culture and diversity in communities. The Lockhart River Indigenous Arts Corporation has received $10,670 for a project titled Our World – Lockhart River, a collaborative, interactive program about arts and culture in remote Lockhart River.…

Review of Trade Training Centres necessary to meet students’ needs

THE quality of Labor’s Trade Training Centres (TTC) in schools programme will be independently reviewed, amid feedback students are not graduating with the skills employers need. “Industry has raised numerous concerns about inconsistencies in the quality of training, qualifications and equipment offered from one Centre to the next,” explained Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch.…

More support for apprentices to gain their trade

APPRENTICES can now access more support to successfully complete their qualification with the legislation for Trade Support Loans being passed by Parliament. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Government was delivering on its commitment to introduce Trade Support Loans for apprentices to encourage more young people to take up a trade and complete…

Cairns’ world-class rafters seeking your help

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is encouraging local businesses to throw their support behind a group of inspiring young white-water rafters from Cairns, who are the first junior team in Australia to qualify for the World Championships. Four boys and five girls from Redlynch State College have been named the U19 R4 Australian National Champions by…

Leichhardt to reap benefits of Carbon Tax repeal

TODAY’S vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax is great news for local families and small businesses, Warren Entsch, the Federal Member for Leichhardt, said today. “Scrapping the Carbon Tax will save the average household around $550 a year, including around $200 on the average household electricity bill and around $70 on the…

LGBTI issues hit the spotlight in Canberra

POLICY-MAKERS from across the political spectrum will reaffirm their commitment to reducing legal, social and financial discrimination for Australia’s LGBTI communities at Parliament House tomorrow (WED). The Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians will be re-launched for the 44th Parliament, with a focus on helping to address the divide that exists between policy makers and…

G20 mural calls for local flavour

LOCAL school students have less than a week to get their entries into the G20 Cairns School Art Competition, in the hope of their works being selected to feature in a massive mural at the Cairns Convention Centre in September. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch launched the competition in early June with Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls,…

Labor lies defy Budget facts

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has described Labor’s ongoing hospital funding campaign as a “scaremongering stunt” that is unnecessarily worrying patients and the community. “Today we’ve got the ‘Catherine and Jan’ show hitting town to again spread misinformation about ‘cuts’ to local hospitals in the North,” Mr Entsch said. “To be frank, I’m a bit tired…

Turtle and Dugong: vulnerable, not commercial

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has blasted a Northern Territory Government department for treating turtle and dugong meat “like a snack food”. Mr Entsch, the Member for Leichhardt in Far North Queensland, has received a copy of an email sent out by the Northern Territory Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) Social Club, encouraging members…