Adjournment – World TB Day

I would like to respond, particularly acknowledging 24 March as being World Tuberculosis Day. I, like many other Australians, believed that tuberculosis was consigned to the history books along with sanatoriums and iron lungs. My mum was treated for tuberculosis in 1963 and spent a year in the thoracic ward in Cairns. It had a…

March 2016 Word from Warren

**IMAGE: Kylie Fell from the Western Cape Chamber of Commerce discusses mobile phone black spots with me during a visit to Weipa** Here we are in 2016 and at the time of writing, the new political year has just started in earnest. I’m looking forward to what the next 12 months will bring! In early…

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…