Adjournment – Growing up Queer Report

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (12:34):  I rise here today wearing a very, very different hat-not as the member for Leichhardt but as the chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians. On Friday a report was released which, to be frank, sent a pang of great sympathy and sadness through me. Titled Growing up queer,…

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…

Adjournment – JUTE Theatre Company

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (21:00):  I rise tonight to highlight the great work of a local theatre company, the JUTE Theatre Company. JUTE has recently been successful in receiving another triennial grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. JUTE’s artistic director and CEO, Suellen Maunder, wrote to me to let me know that they really…

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…

Western Cape students to benefit from skills training

A NEW Trades Skills Centre in Weipa will help young trainees forge closer links with industry as the Australian Government strengthens its focus on vocational education and training in schools. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has confirmed that the Government will honour its commitment of up to $1.5 million in funding to establish a Trades Skills…

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…