Introduction of Marriage Legislation Amendment Bill 2015

**Watch this speech on YouTube** The introduction of this bill into the House today is significant and somewhat unique in that it has the rare distinction of enjoying very strong cross-party support. While I have the honour of addressing you all, I do so on behalf of all my co-sponsors without whose support it would…

Key step reached on medicinal cannabis

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news this week that the Senate Inquiry into the Regulator of Medicinal Cannabis Bill 2014 has returned with very positive results. Mr Entsch attended a briefing with fellow members of the Cross Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy and Law Reform to receive an update on the Bill’s progress and…

Adjournment – Uber

In many ways taxi drivers are the face of Cairns.  They are often the first interaction that visitors have when they arrive in our beautiful airport and are driven to their destination. They are also generally the last person they see as they are driven from our beautiful city back to the airport to go…

Nominate now for the National Disability Awards

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is encouraging Far North Queenslanders to nominate a person, organisation or initiative for the 2015 National Disability Awards. “The 2015 Awards are now open, and give us a chance to acknowledge those who are making a positive impact on the lives of people living with disability,” said Mr Entsch.…

Statement – Free Vote outcome

While I’m disappointed with the outcome, I am not angry and I accept the decision of the Party Room. I was hoping for a free vote however I have to concede that I was still not confident that we would get the outcome we hoped for. In the Party Room today, during the six hours…

Private Members Business – Supporting Small Business

Tonight I rise to strongly support the member for Forde's motion. There is no doubt that small business has been and continues to be the enduring focus and priority of this government. I am particularly conscious of the challenges and opportunities for small businesses in the far north where our economy includes tourism; agriculture and…

Cooktown leading the world in solar innovation

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says Cooktown will be leading the world in solar power innovation with the construction of the Cook Shire Solar Storage Project. Construction is set to begin in the fourth quarter of this year on Butchers Hill near Lakeland, and is being led by independent renewables developer Lyon Infrastructure Investments.…