Northern Australia Insurance Premiums Taskforce

THE HON. TONY ABBOTT MP, PRIME MINISTER THE HON. JOSH FRYDENBERG MP, ASSISTANT TREASURER THE HON. WARREN ENTSCH MP, FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHHARDT The Government is establishing a taskforce which will explore options for reducing home, contents and strata insurance premiums in Northern Australia. Property insurance prices in North Queensland are five times higher than…

Entsch highlights Tibetan prisoners plight in Parliament

**Watch Warren's speech on YouTube** FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has spoken in Parliament to highlight political prisoners and the human rights situation in Tibet, following Tibet Advocacy Day on Monday. Mr Entsch is Co-chair of the bipartisan Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet (AAPGT), which aims to amplify Tibet’s voice in parliament. He…

Tibet Advocacy Day

**Watch Warren's speech on YouTube** On Monday this week the Australian All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet held an event in the parliament for Tibet Advocacy Day. The AAPGT is a bipartisan group whose purpose is to amplify Tibet's voice in parliament through events such as Tibet Advocacy Day. This year's event had a special focus…

World Tuberculosis Day 2015

**Watch Warren's speech on YouTube** First of all, I would like to commend the member for Ryan for her ongoing advocacy on this issue. World TB Day aims to build public awareness that tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of nearly 1.5 million people each year, mostly in developing…

TB again makes headlines in Australia

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has congratulated Cairns State High School for its measured handling of the TB case within the school community over the last fortnight. It comes as World TB Day events this week have highlighted the need for an urgent global focus on the disease in developing countries, which affects 9 million people…

New support for UMI Arts

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed news of Australian Government support for an innovative indigenous arts project being run by UMI Arts in Cairns. The Minister for the Arts, Senator George Brandis QC, has today announced funding for initiatives that will benefit Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists throughout Australia. Funding of $242,000…

Fishing for answers: Opportunities for Expanding the Aquaculture Industry in Northern Australia

The Australian Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee has commenced an inquiry into opportunities for expanding the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia—parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland which lie above the Tropic of Capricorn. The potential for aquaculture was raised in the Government’s pre-policy planning document, the Green Paper on Developing Northern Australia, which…

Land-based dredge disposal critical for growth

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has applauded the Government’s move to ban the dumping of any capital dredge spoil in Great Barrier Reef Marine Park waters, but says it shouldn’t be news to Ports North in regards to their Port of Cairns dredge proposal. “I congratulate Environment Minister Greg Hunt for this decision, it’s something that…

NBN rolling out in Cairns suburbs

AROUND 2800 premises in Manoora, Whitfield and Edge Hill are a step closer to getting access to the National Broadband Network, with construction on the fibre-to-the-premises network now underway. Telstra has finalised remediation of infrastructure in the area, meaning that in coming weeks, NBN Co subcontractors will be in the streets, laying out fibre to…