New Torres leaders welcomed to Canberra

FOUR dedicated Torres Strait women have taken their vision for strong leadership and higher levels of female representation in local governance to Canberra this week. Catharine Enosa and Iris Billy from Warraber, Ella Kris from Thursday Island and Lizzie Lui from Iama met with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion at…

Adjournment – Opening of the Parish Hall

This Saturday I am taking part in a very special event: the grand opening of the refurbished Anglican Parish Hall on Thursday Island. It has been a long process but one that I am very proud to have had some involvement in. The Parish Hall, in the historic Quetta Memorial Precinct, has been a local…

Spring Repeal Day 2014

The Coalition Government is an efficient government, and our actions since the 2013 election are speaking volumes louder than Labor’s legacy of empty media sound-grabs. We don’t just talk about more jobs, a more competitive and productive business sector, and lower household costs…the Coalition actually makes it happen. Today is another landmark occasion in the…

ICA cops criticism in Parliament

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has hit out at the Insurance Council of Australia for its criticism of new initiatives and “reluctance to engage” during a speech to Parliament yesterday. The move was prompted by the ICA’s response to a media release issued by the Acting Assistant Treasurer, Sen. Mathias Cormann, which outlined the Government’s current…

All eyes on the Bruce Highway

MOTORISTS will be able to check for traffic congestion before they head south from Cairns, with three new webcams available on the Bruce Highway on the outskirts of the city. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development Warren Truss said there were now six traffic webcams available online for Cairns motorists. “These…

Grievance Debate – Insurance in North Queensland

I rise to again speak on an issue which has been having far-reaching implications in my electorate and in northern Australia more broadly. A recent Cyclone Preparedness Index by RACQ showed that 8.4 per cent of residents had no home building or contents insurance at all. A further 11.7 per cent had insufficient cover to…

Nominations open for Leichhardt’s top VET students

FEDERAL MEMBER FOR LEICHHARDT Warren Entsch is encouraging eligible students in his electorate to nominate for the nation’s top prize for Year 12 students undertaking vocational education and training in school. Mr Entsch says: “The Abbott Government this week launched the 2014 Australian Vocational Student Prize (AVSP) as part of our commitment to promoting take…

Making support for LGBTI ‘The New Norm’

AUSTRALIAN STUDENTS, teachers, parents and the general public need to help foster a school environment that is more inclusive for LGBTI teenagers, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Speaking in Parliament today, Mr Entsch, who is also the Chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians, highlighted a campaign called The New Norm and described…

National portrait exhibition to visit Cairns

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Australian Government will provide more than $45,000 in funding to the National Portrait Gallery of Australia to bring its National Photographic Portrait Prize to regional cities – including Cairns. The exhibition will tour a number of galleries in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania throughout…