Address in Reply

I rise this afternoon to take the opportunity of speaking on this address-in-reply in the breadth in which I am able to cover issues in my electorate. Over the past seven-odd years, I have been very much saddened by what I have seen as a decline in the Cairns region. This has very much been…

Indigenous youth urged to have their

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging young Indigenous people from Far North Queensland to apply now for this year’s National Indigenous Youth Parliament to be held in Canberra in May. “This is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a week-long leadership program and receive expert training in how government works, public speaking and…

TWS needs to get the facts straight

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind Cook MP David Kempton in slamming The Wilderness Society’s claims of misrepresentation at the Cape York Forum. “I was there and there is no doubt that The Wilderness Society representatives did participate in the forum,” Mr Entsch said today. “TWS may not have liked the fact,…

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…