Government delivers for defence families

THE families of Australian Defence Force members in Leichhardt can now receive additional support through free basic health care, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The Government’s National Australian Defence Force (ADF) Family Health Program came into effect on 1 January 2014 and delivers on one of the Government’s key defence election commitments. Under the program,…

End harassment of young LGBTI Australians: Entsch

THE tragic impact of bullying on young LGBTI Australians has been highlighted in Parliament today by federal MP Warren Entsch, Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group of LGBTI Australians. Mr Entsch outlined the disturbing findings of a new report titled ‘Growing up Queer’, which examines the mental health of young people who are growing up…

Local theatre vital for our regional identity: Entsch

SELF-DESCRIBED “culture vulture” and local MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind the Far Northern arts scene, highlighting the fantastic achievements of the JUTE Theatre Company in Parliament last night (TUE). It comes as the Cairns community today reaffirmed the pressing need for a new, contemporary performing arts facility that can cater for larger…

Community celebrates inaugural visit

IT’S a long way from the city streets of Adelaide to the red roads of the NPA but that didn’t stop Federal Education Minister Christopher Pyne from making a historic visit to local schools last week. The visit was the first time that any education minister, state or federal, has taken a first-hand look at…

Indigenous languages thrive in Leichhardt

AUSTRALIAN Government funding for two local projects will help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples keep their languages alive, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. On Friday, the Minister for the Arts, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Senator the Hon Nigel Scullion announced the recipients of $2.6…

Closing days for submissions

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is reminding Far Northern individuals and organisations that they have until Monday, February 17th to make a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia. “I know it’s a busy time in the New Year but I really don’t want Far North Queenslanders to miss out on…

$1.5M for Cape York airstrip upgrades

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has today welcomed the Coalition Government’s $1.5 million investment to upgrade airstrip facilities on Cape York as part of the Regional Aviation Access Programme. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss today announced that 39 remote communities, including Aurukun, Kowanyama and Lockhart River, will…

Dredge decision process to be commended: Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s decision to approve the disposal of Abbot Point dredge spoils at a deep-water location, subject to strict environmental conditions. “GBRMPA has approved a site where the seafloor is made up of sand, silt and clay – it doesn’t contain coral…