Adjournment – Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre

I rise tonight to highlight a wonderful project that is currently under construction in my electorate: the Cairns Aquarium and Reef Research Centre. By April 2017 Cairns will have a $54 million, world-class, 7,500 square metre, three-level public aquarium and reef research centre, which will promote Australia's premier natural asset, the Great Barrier Reef. 15,000…

Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016

When we talk about divisive speeches—we just heard one in this place right now. Again, it raises serious concerns about the motives of the other side. Back in my late 20s, when I was living in remote Queensland gulf country, a fellow I knew went to Sydney one Christmas and came back as a woman.…

Entsch slams Labor hypocrisy on SSM

LIBERAL MP Warren Entsch has described himself as “profoundly disappointed and frustrated” by the hypocrisy of Labor in its decision today not to support the same-sex marriage plebiscite legislation. “The plebiscite certainly wasn’t my preferred way of doing things, but I came to the view that it would be the most practical way of getting…

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…