Spotlight on Youth Mental Health

FEDERAL MPs and Senators have this week heard about the “disgraceful” level of mental illness among young LGBTI people in Australia, pledging their support to safe and inclusive school, sport, home and work environments. The Parliamentary Friendship Group of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex Australians, made up of MPs and Senators from across the…

Applications to upskill youth now open

THE Cairns region has been chosen to trial a new pilot programme enabling businesses and community organisations to apply for support to boost the skills of local young people. “Our Government is looking at innovative ways to address youth unemployment by undertaking two youth pilot programs – Training for Employment Scholarships (TES) and the Youth…

Appropriations Bills

In rising to speak this evening on Appropriation Bill (No. 3) 2014-15 and related bills, I would like to take the opportunity to add my voice to the conversation about fairness that we, as a country, must have and that must be heard at the highest levels and seep into the consciousness of every man…

Entsch praises Cairns Street Chaplains

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken in Parliament to commend the invaluable community service provided by the Cairns Street Chaplains. “Since starting in October 2013, the Cairns Street Chaplains have had a profound impact on our city,” said Mr Entsch. “The Chaplains walk the streets of our CBD looking out for those who have partied…

Entsch reaffirms White Paper process

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has reiterated in Parliament that the Government is committed to delivering the White Paper on Developing Northern Australia, saying it will be released “well and truly before the May Budget”. Mr Entsch, supporting a Private Members Motion by the Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, said there have been many focuses on Northern…

Entsch sets the record straight with Bates

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has dismissed criticism by Cairns Regional Councillor Richie Bates, saying the comments only illustrate Cr Bates’ lack of knowledge on the insurance issue. “As far as I’m aware, this is the first time that Cr Bates has made a public comment on insurance, but I think he would have…

$425,000 upgrade to Groves Creek Bridge

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Mr Warren Entsch has welcomed the Australian Government’s funding for a much-needed upgrade to the Groves Creek Bridge. “The Abbott Government is committing over $53 million to 14 projects across Queensland as part of Round One of the Bridges Renewal Programme,” said Mr Entsch. ”I’m pleased that the Mareeba Shire Council…

Private Members Motion – Northern Australia

It certainly gives me pleasure to rise and stand in support of the member for Herbert's outstanding motion in confirming the government's commitment to the delivery of the white paper on the development of Northern Australia. There have been proposals on this since 1935, and a whole lot of opportunities that have been squandered in…

90 Second Statement – Cairns Street Chaplains

Many a good story starts on a dark and stormy night, and mine is no exception. Imagine walking your city streets after midnight on a Friday night. It is pouring rain, people are flowing out of the clubs and drunks are stumbling down the street. There is a young person lying on the footpath in…