Parliamentary Friendship Group backs Safe Schools

IN March 2015, the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTIQ Australians invited Safe Schools Coalition Australia to brief them and answer any questions we had. The co-chairs were impressed with the range of resources and supports made available to Australian schools through the program and compelled by the statistics we were presented about the effect of…

Power north of the Daintree (Adjournment)

Last Saturday week I went to a celebration of my 20th anniversary of being elected to this parliament. We had a wonderful fundraiser, there, for a cancer charity called COUCH and we raised a very significant amount of money.  But as I reflected on the 20 years since I became a member in 1996, I…

Presenting the Boomerang Petition to Parliament

Today, I present to the House the second installment of the boomerang petition, with some 2,635 signatures supporting the recognition of Indigenous people in the Constitution. Cairns Indigenous leader Norman Miller has collected more than 5,100 signatures in total—a huge effort from a single person committed to a particular cause.  Norman has travelled around Australia…

‘Unite to End TB’ theme of World TB Day

AHEAD of World Tuberculosis Day on March 24th, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has helped officially launch the Australian TB Caucus in Parliament – renewing the focus from Australian politicians on the need to address the burden of this disease in our region. “There were 15 cross-party members that originally put our names to the Barcelona…

Entsch confirms review of ‘backpacker tax’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today confirmed that the Federal Government is reviewing the proposed ‘backpacker tax’ in light of fears about its impact on rural and regional economies. “I was one of a number of MPs who spoke up at a Party Room meeting three weeks ago and expressed concerns that there could be…

Out and about

Helped launch the YWAM Medical Ships 2016 Cairns Corporate Challenge, Cairns Hosted Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for a community meet and greet, Cairns Addressed insurance industry CEOs on the insurance crisis, Sydney Enjoyed Phantom of the Opera at the Cairns Civic Theatre, Cairns Played ‘Santa Claus’ at the Grand Hotel’s Christmas Lunch for residents of…

Milestones

50th Wedding Anniversary Clyde and Janice Graham (2nd October 2015) Michael and Glenys Schramm (16th October 2015) Ronald and Dianne Clark (23rd October 2015) William and Janine Paterson (4th December 2015) John and Jennifer Knight (8th January 2016) Santo and Adelina D’Addona (8th January 2016) Keith and Beverly Drewitt (29th January 2016) 55th Wedding Anniversary…