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…

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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,…

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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…

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Cairns “Kids Alive – Do The Five” with Laurie Lawrence

FORMER Olympic swimming coach and water safety ambassador Laurie Lawrence today visited Childs World at Bentley Park to launch a new water safety resource pack and teach local children about “Living With Water”. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says: “We’re incredibly fortunate to have someone as passionate as Laurie launching the Australian Government’s new…

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Cash injection for tourism operators

TOURISM in Leichhardt will receive a major boost with the announcement that the Federal Government will invest $670,450 into the Tourism Demand Driver Infrastructure Programme. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch welcomed the announcement and said the investment in tourism infrastructure would help attract more visitors to Tropical Queensland and provide an even better traveller experience. “The funding…

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Milestone on medicinal cannabis reached

THE introduction of legislation that will allow the cultivation in Australia of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes is a massive win that will change the lives of Far Northerners, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. This morning, Minister for Health Sussan Ley MP presented the Narcotic Drug Amendment Bill 2016 into the House of Representatives.…

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Students on Thursday Island to get the literacy help they need

STUDENTS on Thursday Island will get extra help in developing their literacy skills thanks to teachers at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart School undertaking specialist training, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Mr Entsch said the $22 million Flexible Literacy for Remote Primary Schools Programme will help students at six remote schools in the Northern…

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Safer Internet Day 2016

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging local schools to take part in this year’s Safer Internet Day on Tuesday 9 February, using ‘Virtual Classrooms’ run by the Office of the Children’s eSafety Commissioner. “More than 20,000 students across Australia are expected to participate in Safer Internet Day and I’d really encourage teachers and…

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