Backflip By State Government Disgraceful

The Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has come out swinging at the State Government’s outrageous backflip on moving sections of the public sector to Cairns as promised.   “For the State Government to come out and back peddle on their commitment to relocate public servants and Government Departments to this city is yet another…

Member For Leichhardt Welcomes Posture Review

I welcome the Defence Minister’s announcement to conduct a Force Posture Review of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Coalition supports the proposed Review, although it is very late in being developed and should have been front and centre in the 2009 Defence White Paper. The review will assess whether the ADF is best?positioned geographically…

Live Animal Exports

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (19:11): I rise to speak on this motion. There is much in what the member for Fremantle has said that I agree with. I am somebody who has had quite considerable experience in the cattle industry and I still have an interest in it. I agree that stunning is the…

Matter of Public Importance: Live Animal Exports

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (16:11): All I can say is God help the graziers in northern Australia when you have got that type of absolute uninformed drivel that is coming forward here on an issue that is so critically vital to so many families in Northern Australia. We are supposed to be talking about the…

Access to Finance in Leichhardt

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (16:40): I rise today to raise serious concerns about what I see as unconscionable gouging practices by the big banks in my electorate. Over an extended period of time, Far North Queensland has suffered what could be described as almost the perfect storm. The hangover from the GFC has stopped…

Entsch Launches Aniba Petru Appeal

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has launched an appeal to raise $15,000 to get Aniba Petru and his deceased daughter Martha home to PNG. Mr Entsch said The Cairns Post and his office have been overwhelmed with calls from people wanting to donate to Aniba and assist him with his plight. “It is at…

CARBON TAX TO EXPORT LOCAL TOURISM JOBS: REPORT

  The Shadow Minister for Regional Development and Tourism, Bob Baldwin and Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch, have challenged Julia Gillard to call an election to let local tourism workers in Cairns say no to losing their jobs. “Labor’s carbon tax won’t clean up the environment, but it will clear out airport arrival halls,” Mr…

Far Northern Roads Need Urgent Attention

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says the 2011 RACQ’s Unroadworthy Roads Survey just reinforces the urgent need for a significant funding injection into the Bruce Highway upgrade, especially in the Far North. “The Bruce Highway is one of the most unroadworthy roads in Australia and this report like many others previous to it states…

Entsch Backs Ban On ‘Rogue’ Indonesian Abattoirs

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has labelled the mistreatment of Australian cattle in Indonesia “shocking and unacceptable to all Australians, especially our farmers.” “Like everyone who saw the Four Corners program on 30th May 2011, I was sick to the stomach to see the cattle being treated in such an inhumane way. As someone…