Torres Strait Islanders miss out yet again

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has labelled MP Bob Katter “a disgrace” after he failed to support a sea walls motion in parliament this week, despite Mr Katter knowing full well that the government had blatantly back-tracked on its earlier funding commitment. “Katter puts his hand on his heart and says he supports Indigenous issues but,…

Struggles worsen for Leichhardt single parents: Entsch

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind single parents in the region, saying that cuts to parenting payments will put families under further unnecessary pressure. The Leichhardt electorate rates fourth-highest in the country in the number of people accessing the payment, with 4227 recipients.  Julia Gillard’s own electorate of Lalor leads…

Labor’s border protection failures put pressure on settlement services

Joint Release – Warren Entsch MP and Teresa Gambaro MP LABOR’S $4.9 billion budget blow-out on border protection failures since 2009/10, as well as gross inefficiencies in the management of the migrant and refugee settlement program, has placed unbearable pressure on settlement service providers throughout Australia, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement Teresa Gambaro MP…

TB message hits home in Canberra

THE human face of the Tuberculosis health crisis occurring on Far North Queensland’s doorstep was brought home to federal politicians in Canberra this week. Around 30 Coalition MPs, including senior members of the Shadow Ministry, attended a briefing at Parliament House on Tuesday hosted by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.…

Government’s response to fishing science ‘total hypocrisy” says Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has condemned the Government for its knee-jerk reaction and total mishandling of the Abel Tasman super-trawler debacle. Mr Entsch addressed parliament on Wednesday morning after the government attempted to fast-track controversial changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.   The amendments would create a new Chapter 5B…

Project manager sought for Parish Hall project

MOMENTUM is building on the planned refurbishment of the historic Parish Hall on Thursday Island with the Restoration Committee now seeking an ‘honorary project manager’ to get the ball rolling. The co-chairperson of the Parish Hall Restoration Committee, Chris Lemke, said public feedback had been fantastic but it was now time to get an idea…

Accolades flow for Eric Deeral

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has added his own words of respect to the many tributes that have flowed since the passing of indigenous leader Eric Deeral yesterday morning. “I knew Mr Deeral for many years and always considered him a real thinker, who was absolutely committed to making change and very firm in…