Support our childcare industry now

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch is encouraging anyone who is concerned about available and affordable childcare to urgently make a submission to the Standing Committee on Education and Employment’s inquiry into the Early Years Quality Fund Special Account Bill 2013. “Spending $300 million to boost the wages of childcare workers sounds great, but dig a little…

Govt puts nail in the coffin for Far Northern fishers

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken up for coastal communities in Parliament, supporting a vote that would have created broader access to the Coral Sea and other marine reserves. The Coalition’s motions to disallow the Commonwealth Marine Reserve Network Management Plans came up for debate last night, with Mr Entsch seconding the motions for two…

Time for whole of government approach to insurance

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has called on his state government counterparts to “step up” and support changes that would help make property insurance in the Far North more affordable. Mr Entsch was responding to reports that the Queensland Government would increase the stamp duty payable on general insurance products, including property insurance, by 1.5 per…

Aged care cannot be compromised, says Entsch

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has again highlighted the plight of the aged and elderly in Leichhardt, addressing Parliament this week on the shortcomings of our aged care system. Speaking on the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) package of bills, Mr Entsch questioned why it has taken the government more than a year to bring…

Appropriations Bills No 1 and 2 2013-14

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (11:59): We have heard a lot over the last couple of weeks about the budget-and there is certainly no hiding the fact that Labor’s financial and budgetary management is in total chaos. We have heard all the figures: total gross debt to breach the $300 billion ceiling, record net debt…

Aged Care Living Longer Living Better Bill 2013

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (17:59): I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and related bills today. However, I have to express my concern that it has taken over a year for the government to bring this legislation to the parliament, and now it wants…

‘Great Escape’ highlights immigration failures

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch says the escape of seven detainees from Scherger Immigration Detention Centre (IDC) illustrates the “absolute failure” of the Gillard Government’s immigration policy. “It just shows you that the whole system is broken in relation to the way in which the government is dealing with this very, very serious issue,” Mr Entsch…

Final push for Avenue of Honour

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has today kick-started a major fundraising campaign to enable the Avenue of Honour memorial at Yungaburra to be completed before its official opening on June 22nd. “This project has received an incredible amount of support from individuals and organisations, both local and from all around Australia,” Mr Entsch said. “I have…

Time to face facts on Bruce funding, says Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has called on the Gillard Government to “be honest and upfront” about its Bruce Highway funding promises. Responding to Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese’s announcement in Cairns today, Mr Entsch labelled the $4 billion in funding as nothing more than “election year rhetoric”. “It’s more of the same for the Bruce,” he…

Tjapukai bids for Australian indigenous museum

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has today received a proposal that – if successful – would see Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park become the site of Australia’s first national Indigenous museum. At a media event this morning, Tjapukai Board Chairman Bruce Glanville formally announced the concept, which was initially suggested by Mr Entsch during the…