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…

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…

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…

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…

Cairns family a strong voice in Canberra

RARE diseases affect 1.2 million Australians yet many sufferers don’t receive the treatment and support they need due to a lack of specialist knowledge within the medical system. This week, however, a young Cairns woman has taken her story directly to Parliament in a bid to raise awareness of the need for a new National…

Private Members Motion – Great Barrier Reef

I move: That this House: (1) acknowledges that Marine National Park (Green) Zones as defined in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003 serve to better protect the biodiversity within the Marine Park and help to ensure: (a)   the continued existence of the unique marine animals, plants and habitats that are found only in…

Greater protections for reef turtles and dugongs

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today introduced a Private Member’s Motion to Parliament that would see traditional hunting banned in Green Zones on the Great Barrier Reef in a move to reduce pressures on vulnerable turtle and dugong populations. The motion also supports the introduction of legislation to prohibit the movement of turtle and dugong…

Cooktown ‘the tidiest of them all’

THE FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, today congratulated Cooktown for being named Queensland’s Tidiest Town for 2014. The Tidy Town award, presented by the not-for-profit Keep Australia Beautiful National Association, encourages, motivates and celebrates the achievements of rural and regional communities across Australia. Previous Queensland winners have included Mundubbera, Longreach, Caloundra, and Stanthorpe. “This…

Don’t buy into ACTU misinformation says Entsch

THE Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) is spreading a misleading and irresponsible message about ‘government’ cuts to penalty rates, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. “Penalty rates are decided by the Fair Work Commission – an independent organisation that was set up by Labor, under Labor’s legislation, and that was endorsed by the…