Leichhardt welcomes road map for Northern Australia

FAR Northerners have the opportunity to help fill in a “blank canvas” when it comes to putting forward ideas to make Northern Australia prosperous, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. Mr Entsch, along with Queensland Senator Ian Macdonald, today presented the Coalition’s 2030 Plan for Northern Australia to a discussion group in Cairns, seeking ideas and…

Foster carers needed urgently in Leichhardt

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch, a long-time advocate for foster carer services, has backed a state government campaign to recruit new foster and kinship carers in Leichhardt. Recently launched by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services, the “Is there room in your life to foster a child?” campaign is aimed at recruiting new…

Nominate a local hero now

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch today urged Leichhardt residents to nominate a local hero for the 2014 Australian of the Year awards. With nominations closing in less than a month, Mr Entsch said people should “act now.” “Nominating someone for these fantastic awards is a simple and great way to recognise our community members making a…

Carr needs to come clean on ‘politics of pretence’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has strongly rejected comments by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr in the Senate last week that he is responsible for a “smear campaign” targeting Australia’s efforts to help the government of PNG address TB issues. “Ministers Carr and Plibersek need to get out of their air-conditioned offices and start talking to…

Time to focus on policy and move forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has called for an end to the country’s political “paralysis”, saying re-instated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must call an election to let the Australian people have their say. “There has been so much speculation over a considerable period of time, the first thing Kevin Rudd needs to do is bring on…

Don’t underestimate role of 457 workers: Entsch

WORKERS on 457 visas play a vital role in Leichhardt and they should not be ‘demonised’ by a government which is attempting to discredit the program, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The Member for Leichhardt spoke this week on proposed changes to the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013, which will “add to the…

Queensland cattle need grass, not green ideology

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken up for drought-stricken graziers in regional Queensland, arguing for common-sense in relation to opening up national parks for cattle. Mr Entsch was speaking against a Private Members Motion put up by Makin MP Tony Zappia, which criticised State Governments for easing restrictions on land clearing, mining, grazing and hunting…

‘Look north’ the way forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Coalition’s policy paper on Northern Australia, describing it as “a focus I haven’t seen in my lifetime”. Touring Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Saturday, Mr Entsch said that despite the bulk of the wealth being generated in northern Australia, 80 per cent of…

Hospital comparison shows Daru’s true colours

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has again slammed AusAID’s foreign aid management after it was recently revealed that the hospital at war-torn Bougainville is of a far better standard than the dilapidated facility at Daru Island, on Australia’s doorstep. The photos of Bougainville hospital were provided to Mr Entsch after a local non-profit organisation visited the…