Cairns fashion label promoted in Parliament

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has promoted a new Cairns-made fashion label in Parliament ? even handing over one of the label’s silk scarves as a present to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop MP. “On 7th August I had the privilege of helping to launch a new fashion label called Mainie, which…

ADF members to get greater support

AUSTRALIAN Defence Force members from the Far North will be among those who benefit from new reforms to military superannuation, which will improve conditions of service for serving members and those who leave the ADF. Parliament this week debated the Australian Defence Force Superannuation Bill 2015, which will introduce a new military superannuation scheme for…

More than $1-million in funding for Bumma Bippera

TWO Cairns-based Indigenous organisations will receive a total of $1.01 million under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to deliver projects that will improve the lives of First Australians in the region. Bumma Bippera Media will receive around $845,000 over two years, while Indigenous Job Connections will receive around $171,000 over one…

Cape York Indigenous organisations benefit from

Four Indigenous organisations across Cape York will receive a total of $1.59 million under the Australian Government’s Indigenous Advancement Strategy (IAS) grant round to improve outcomes for First Australians. The successful organisations are: Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire Council – $803,167 over three years to support the Kowanyama Remote Indigenous Broadcasting Service; for the Kowanyama Aboriginal Shire…

90 Second Statement – Mainie

On 7 August I had the privilege of helping to launch a new Cairns-made fashion label called Mainie, which is the work of Charmaine Saunders and Denis Keeffe. The label marries the ancient art of Indigenous women from the Tanami Desert in the Northern Territory with silk from one of China's fabled Silk Road cities,…

The Australian Defence Force Superannuation Bill 2015

I thank the member for Lingiari for his contribution. His commitment to Defence Force personnel goes back over a lot of years, including when he had portfolio responsibility for our Defence Force. The Australian government is certainly very committed to supporting Australian Defence Force members throughout their service and into their retirement. This legislation is…