Private Members Business – World Mental Health Day

I rise here today to speak to this motion. Mental Health Week is an opportunity to remind people about the importance of their social and emotional wellbeing, and that of their families, loved ones and communities. Today I would like to mention key initiatives in my region, and highlight the government's mental health reforms which…

Cairns a winner in the National Stronger Regions Fund

THE economic and social value of the Cairns Performing Arts Centre has been recognised today with news that the project has secured $10 million under Round 3 of the Federal Coalition Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch congratulated Mayor Bob Manning and Cairns Regional Council on the strength of their…

Tropical Christmas on the cards for 2016

Warren with last year's winner, 10-year-old Sarah Kim from St Gerard Majella school in Cairns. LOCAL MP Warren Entsch is calling on Far North Queensland kids to illustrate how they celebrate ‘Christmas in the Tropics’ for his 2016 Leichhardt Christmas Card competition. Now in its seventh year, the competition is open to all children in…

Op Ed – Marriage equality’s time is now

YESTERDAY’S Newspoll results aren’t surprising given the effectiveness of Labor’s fear campaign about the plebiscite, but don’t change anything in the bigger picture. We exist in a political environment characterised by divisiveness, hard-line policy positions and a media totally unforgiving of compromise. Regardless of what Newspoll says the majority of Australian people want, the fact…

PREMIER PRIORITISING SHARKS OVER CROCS: ENTSCH

PREMIER Palaszczuk’s concern for human lives in northern New South Wales doesn’t seem to extend to Far North Queensland where crocodiles and flying foxes are threatening people’s safety every day, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “In light of the increased shark attacks I’m pleased that the Premier recognises that human lives are paramount but I…

AACAP 2016 concludes in Laura

For the 20th consecutive year, the Australian Government has delivered infrastructure, vocational skills training and health care to a remote Indigenous community through the Army Aboriginal Community Assistance Programme (AACAP). This year AACAP has delivered works to improve environmental, health and living conditions in Laura in Far North Queensland. The AACAP has provided almost $6…

Tax proposal a winner: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the compromise on the ‘backpacker tax’ outlined today by Treasurer Scott Morrison MP, saying it is a “brilliant” outcome. “I’m glad the government has acted promptly on this to reduce uncertainty in the agriculture and hospitality sectors, as well as reassuring young people who want to come here for…

Building better incubators to support local start-ups

EXISTING and new business incubators in Leichhardt can now apply for grants from the Turnbull Government to help local start-ups access advice, capital and gain valuable connections. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the $23 million Incubator Support initiative would provide matching grants of between $10,000 and $500,000 for the creation of new incubators…