Canberra Catch-up

**IMAGE: Supporting Minister Sussan Ley as she presents the medicinal cannabis bill.** 2016 has started with a very busy sitting schedule!  We’ve made inroads on a range of legislation; I’ve met with numerous stakeholders and constituents and taken a whole range of issues to my Ministerial colleagues. Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 The introduction of…

Funding to help build Torres Strait disaster resilience

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a Commonwealth-State joint-funding announcement of more than $3 million in projects to assist communities across Queensland build resilience to natural disasters. Projects are jointly supported with Commonwealth Government funding matched by the Queensland State Government and funding recipients. This funding encourages a partnership approach to disaster resilience, with funding…

Douglas children lagging in immunisation rates

PARENTS in Douglas whose children are not immunised are running out of time to avoid losing child care payments under the Federal Government’s ‘No Jab, No Pay’ requirement. While Australia has childhood immunisation rates of about 92 per cent, coverage of up to 95 per cent is needed to stop the spread of some diseases,…

United front on Crazy Ant efforts

POLITICAL differences need to be put aside in recognition of the fact that support for the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s Yellow Crazy Ant eradication plan must come from all levels of government, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “It’s good to see Senators Lazarus and McLucas speaking out on Yellow Crazy Ants this week, we need…

opening of the new IJC Community Hub

Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, the multicultural and wider community celebrated the opening of the new IJC Community Hub on Anderson Street at Manunda on Monday. The Community Hub is a one-stop shop for service providers and community to work together in one community-run space. “Having the Hub there means any member of the community feeling…

My Health Record for North Queenslanders

UP to 700,000 residents of Northern Queensland will soon have a My Health Record automatically created for them as a part of a large-scale trial of new participation arrangements. Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch MP today welcomed the North Queensland trial, which was launched at Plaza Family Health in Mount Sheridan Shopping Centre. “My…

Entsch responds to Taskforce report on insurance

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch hasn’t ruled out the possibility of a catastrophe reinsurance pool or a mutual to address the north’s insurance challenges, despite the final report of the Northern Australian Insurance Premiums Taskforce focusing on mitigation. “I’m glad the report has now been released, we’ve been waiting for it to be made public so…

Have your say on fishing & aquaculture inquiry in Cairns

Hooking an albino barramundi at the opening of Hook A Barra near Wonga Beach, with manager Mark Hober. Check out Mark's award-winning Daintree Saltwater Barramundi! LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch is urging anyone who wants a viable and sustainable commercial, recreational and sports fishing industry in the Far North to contribute to a Productivity Commission inquiry…