The Hon. Warren Entsch MP
Warren's diverse career history has given him a unique insight when representing his constituency in Canberra. He has worked as a railway porter, insurance clerk, real estate salesman, fitter and turner with a mining company, grazier, crocodile farmer, and served Australia for nine years in the RAAF as an aircraft engine fitter. His personal interests are just as diverse as his professional and include horse riding, art, aviculture and bushwalking. But his biggest love, aside from his family, is his Harley Davidson.
Warren has played an active role on numerous Cape York industry and advisory groups. He is currently patron of the Vietnam Veterans’ Motorcycle Club (FNQ Chapter), the North Queensland Rubies women’s indigenous hockey team, the Blaze men's indigenous hockey team, and the Leichhardt Lions football club.
Warren was first elected to Parliament in March 1996 as the Member for Leichhardt. As a new member, he was privileged to serve on several joint committees addressing Native Title issues, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs, Environment, Recreation and the Arts.
Warren was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Science and Resources from 1998 to 2001 and from 2002-06 was Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources. In 2007 he was appointed to the Northern Australia Water and Land Taskforce.
Warren resigned as Parliamentary Secretary prior to his retirement from politics at the 2007 election to spend more time with his teenage son before he ventured off to university. In 2010, Warren decided to recontest the seat of Leichhardt and on his re-election, was appointed as the Chief Opposition Whip in the 43rd parliament.
He retained his seat in the 2013 election and will chair the committee that will formulate the White Paper for the Coalition’s 2030 Vision for Developing Northern Australia. In taking on this challenge, Warren believes he can play an invaluable role in helping shape the social, economic and environmental future for Northern Australia. He will also continue to advocate for initiatives that he sees as vital to the prosperity of Far North Queensland.