TB doesn’t discriminate, new case shows

THE march of tuberculosis in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea is continuing with a senior local leader now being diagnosed with a drug-resistant form of the disease. PNG contacts recently told Federal MP Warren Entsch that Mr Sisa Kimia, the Chairman of the Treaty Village Association from Daru Island, had been admitted to…

ICA comes under fire over flood comments

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale in angrily rejecting the Insurance Council of Australia’s view that local governments ‘should have done more to prevent communities from flooding’. Mr Entsch said the comments this week from ICA CEO Rob Whelan illustrate the organisation’s lack of understanding of the true…

Entsch welcomes news of September 14 election

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the news of a September 14 Federal Election, saying he was looking forward to locking in firm policy commitments that will benefit the Far North. “The timing couldn’t be better, given that the Coalition has just announced its positive plan to build a strong and prosperous economy, and a…

Entsch welcomes news of Leichhardt pre-selection

THE LNP has formally endorsed long-serving local MP Warren Entsch as the party’s candidate for Leichhardt in the upcoming federal election. Mr Entsch received the notification letter this week from the headquarters of the LNP, although the actual decision was approved at a meeting on 24 November. “I’m very pleased to confirm that I’ve been…

Les gets his wheels in time for Christmas

AN overwhelmed Les Borthwick received his much-needed mobility scooter in Cairns today, after the community generously responded to an appeal launched by Federal MP Warren Entsch. Les, 76, went into Cairns Base Hospital a year ago for a knee replacement but complications have forced him to undergo seven operations.  During the most recent operation, a…

Reckless cuts jeopardise Far Northern health services

$6.5 MILLION will be cut from Cairns Base Hospital’s 2011-12/2012-13 budget as part of the Gillard Government’s attempt to achieve a surplus by ripping $1.6 billion from hospitals around the country. And much-needed rural services in Cape York and the Torres Strait/Northern Peninsula will also suffer, each hospital losing $900,000 worth of funding over the…

Village leaders hold key to TB solution

“THROWING more money at this is not going to fix the problem.” That was the response of Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch to the news yesterday that Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr had announced another $20 million for tuberculosis treatment in PNG. Mr Entsch has today again questioned why the government is not working hand in…