Data retention needed to fight cyber terrorism

**Watch Warren's speech on YouTube** FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has spoken in Parliament to support the Government’s data retention bill. Mr Entsch says the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Bill 2014 is a vital measure to help Australia stop online criminals such as paedophiles, major crime groups and terrorists. “We are…

Adjournment – Dredging and Great Barrier Reef

In this adjournment this evening, I would like to welcome the environment minister's announcement this week that there will be zero capital disposal anywhere in the entire Great Barrier Reef Marine Park. The ban will be put into law through regulation and will apply to all applications for capital dredge disposal in the marine park,…

Leichhardt to commemorate Anzac Centenary

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has congratulated seven Far North Queensland organisations that have collectively received more than $125,000 through the Australian Government’s ANZAC Centenary Local Grants Program (ACGLP). “The Great War was the crucible that forged our nation and that’s why the Centenary of ANZAC will be such a significant period of commemoration for all…

$64m boost in primary care for Indigenous communities

INDIGENOUS communities across Leichhardt will benefit from a $64 million investment in primary and preventable health care as part of the Abbott Government’s ongoing commitment to closing the gap. Mr Entsch announced today that three Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisations (ACCHOs) would have their funding extended for another three years to ensure they could deliver…

Spotlight on Youth Mental Health

FEDERAL MPs and Senators have this week heard about the “disgraceful” level of mental illness among young LGBTI people in Australia, pledging their support to safe and inclusive school, sport, home and work environments. The Parliamentary Friendship Group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Australians, made up of MPs and Senators from across the…

Cairns hockey successful in IAS bid

Image source: ABC News CAIRNS Hockey and local MP Warren Entsch have welcomed news that a new program aimed at boosting young indigenous women’s participation in sport will receive funding through the Federal Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS). Murray Bain, General Manager of Cairns Hockey, said the organisation will receive support for a pilot of…

Applications to upskill youth now open

THE Cairns region has been chosen to trial a new pilot programme enabling businesses and community organisations to apply for support to boost the skills of local young people. “Our Government is looking at innovative ways to address youth unemployment by undertaking two youth pilot programs – Training for Employment Scholarships (TES) and the Youth…