Government invests $31 million in Reef research

THE Australian Government is investing more than $31 million over six years for research into tropical water quality through the National Environmental Science Programme. The research will assist in the management of coastal and marine water quality in Australia’s tropical regions, including the World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef. “This boost to science funding will…

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Data retention vital to defend against cyber-criminals

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is seeking to reassure Far Northerners that proposed data retention laws do not pose an increased threat to privacy, ahead of a protest in Cairns tomorrow. “Data retention is a vital measure to help us, as a country, stop online criminals,” Mr Entsch said today.  “We need to put processes in…

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Entsch tells ICA “Stop Scaremongering!”

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch says a move by the Insurance Council of Australia to hold town-hall meetings in the Far North next week is nothing but a “rear-guard action” intent on scaring consumers. “These meetings are being held in Edmonton and Innisfail by the ICA, at the request of Kennedy MP Bob Katter, and apparently…

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Major boost for aged care in FNQ

CHRISTMAS has come early for aged care in Leichhardt with Federal MP Warren Entsch successfully securing support for two critical and long-overdue projects. In the 2014 Aged Care Approvals Round (ACAR), officially announced today, the Star of the Sea Elders Village on Thursday Island will receive a capital grant of $19,093,000 to carry out an…

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Far North the ‘tourism torchbearer’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch says Far North Queensland is being seen as the tourism torchbearer after the region received eight gold, eight silver and five bronze gongs at the Queensland Tourism Awards on Friday. Mr Entsch, who attended the awards in Brisbane, said that twenty-one of the thirty-nine nominations put forward from the region received…

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Leichhardt a winner in NBN rollout update

MORE than 40,000 homes and businesses in the Far North are a step closer to getting the National Broadband Network, with construction to be completed or underway in a number of suburbs by June 2016. “It was good to attend a briefing in Canberra today and get the latest information as to when and where…

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Medicinal cannabis Bill goes to Parliament

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch will co-sponsor a cross-parliamentary Bill on medicinal cannabis on behalf of the Liberal Party when it is lodged with the House of Representatives next week. At a press conference in Parliament today, Mr Entsch stood alongside representatives of all major political parties to announce proposed new laws that would stop people…

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Be Ready, Cairns! Joint winner in national 2014 Resilient Australia Awards

THE Cairns Regional Council, Deaf Services Queensland, Centacare Migrant Services and ARC Disability Services are joint winners in the Local Government category for the Be Ready, Cairns! project. Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the Resilient Australia Awards recognise the outstanding contributions communities were making to disaster management, including risk assessment and mitigation, education, training…

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Momentum continues on medicinal cannabis

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today welcomed key moves in the campaign to make medicinal cannabis more available for people suffering chronic and terminal conditions. In Townsville, at the weekend’s LNP State Council meeting, two motions on medicinal cannabis were passed with very strong support from party membership. “The first encouraged the State Government to…

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Dig deep for our diggers this Christmas

FEDERAL member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging residents to show support to our Australian Defence Force personnel deployed overseas this Christmas. “More than 2,200 Australian Defence Force personnel are currently overseas, and won’t be able to spend Christmas with their families and friends,” said Mr Entsch. He said the best and most effective way…

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