100th Anniversary of Gallipoli

The Great War was the crucible that forged our nation. That is why the Centenary of Anzac is such a significant period of commemoration for all Australians. On 25 April, marking the official 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign, residents of Leichhardt commemorated this significant time with a range of events and projects. Today I…

Private Members Motion – YWAM

I also would like to commend the member for Ryan for putting this forward as a motion.  With regard to the previous speaker, I am a little bit disappointed at the criticism that he is targeting at our government in relation to the support that we offer for Papua New Guinea. I was in the…

Key step reached on medicinal cannabis

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news this week that the Senate Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014 has returned with very positive results. Mr Entsch attended a briefing with fellow members of the Cross Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy and Law Reform to receive an update on the Bill’s progress and…

Adjournment – Uber

In many ways taxi drivers are the face of Cairns.  They are often the first interaction that visitors have when they arrive in our beautiful airport and are driven to their destination. They are also generally the last person they see as they are driven from our beautiful city back to the airport to go…

Nominate now for the National Disability Awards

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging Far North Queenslanders to nominate a person, organisation or initiative for the 2015 National Disability Awards. “The 2015 Awards are now open, and give us a chance to acknowledge those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with disability,” said Mr Entsch.…

Statement – Free Vote outcome

While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I am not angry and I accept the decision of the Party Room. I was hoping for a free vote however I have to concede that I was still not confident that we would get the outcome we hoped for. In the Party Room today, during the six hours…

Private Members Business – Supporting Small Business

Tonight I rise to strongly support the member for Forde's motion. There is no doubt that small business has been and continues to be the enduring focus and priority of this government. I am particularly conscious of the challenges and opportunities for small businesses in the far north where our economy includes tourism; agriculture and…

New housing for aged care staff on Thursday Island

A plan for much-needed new staff accommodation at the Blue Care Star of the Sea Elders Village on Thursday Island will become a reality thanks to a Federal Government grant. The Government is investing $5.8 million in the project, which will enable the construction of 24 self-contained one-bedroom units and a central laundry facility for staff.…