90 Second Statement – 51st Battalion

In this Centenary of Anzac one battalion that deserves recognition is the 51st Battalion, Far North Queensland Regiment, which celebrated 100 years of service at the weekend with a parade down the Cairns Esplanade. The battalion was formed in Egypt in 1914, but their role has changed profoundly since then. It was in the early…

Private Members Motion – Tibetan Plateau

I move the motion: That this House: (1) notes that: (a) the Tibetan Plateau is: (i) the largest source of freshwater beyond the Arctic and Antarctic; (ii) a major driver of the global climate; (iii) the source of most of Asia's major rivers; and (iv) an area of great significance to the global environment; and…

Investment to boost Leichhardt’s defence capability

WARREN Entsch MP, Federal Member for Leichhardt, today welcomed the release of the 2016 Defence White Paper, which sets out the Coalition Government’s comprehensive and responsible long-term plan to ensure Australia’s national security. It is the culmination of detailed analysis of our strategic environment, Defence’s priorities and objectives, and the capabilities required to achieve these…

Revised ‘backpacker tax’ option on table

Photo courtesy Tolga Backpackers Hostel FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has responded to concerns raised with him about the ‘backpacker tax’ by proposing a compromise with his colleagues in Canberra. Mr Entsch said that in Tuesday’s Party Room meeting, he was one of a number of MPs who expressed concerns that the tax would…

Medicinal Cannabis passes Lower House

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the passing of the Bill in the House of Representatives last night that will allow the growing of cannabis in Australia for medicinal and research purposes. The Bill will now go to the Senate, where it is expected to pass with cross-party support by the end of this autumn…

Port Douglas Crocs snap up a new scoreboard

GAME days in Port Douglas will be greatly improved with the Crocs AFL Club receiving an $11,484 grant through the Australian Government’s Stronger Communities Programme to erect a new electronic scoreboard, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. It comes just weeks after the Port Douglas Reef Raiders secured a $5800 grant for their much-needed new scoreboard,…

Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016

I also rise to speak on the Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016. From my perspective, it is a very significant day when medical cannabis is acknowledged as being a product that makes a real difference to people suffering from chronic conditions or terminal disease. It will mean that patients and their family members will no…

Expanding the aquaculture industry in Northern Australia

The Australian Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee today tabled its report on expanding aquaculture in the Top End, titled Scaling Up. The Inquiry examined the current state of aquaculture in Northern Australia, the regulatory framework, and opportunities for further developing the industry in the region. On release of the report, Mr Warren Entsch MP, Committee Chair…