Overseas Trained Doctors Inquiry Commences

The first hearing for the Overseas Trained Doctors Inquiry is to be held in Canberra tomorrow 25th February 2011. Hearings in Brisbane and Cairns will follow in coming months. The hearing will be webcast live on: http://webcast.aph.gov.au/livebroadcasting/. The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Health and Ageing will hold the public hearing to discuss the…

Tourism Needs Subsidy Saviour

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is calling on the Gillard Government to empower the tourism industry of the North and subsidise tourism operators’ product marketing efforts. The call comes as industry heavyweights claim they need assistance to get back on their feet as a matter of urgency in the wake of Cyclone Yasi and…

Dugong & Turtle Protection

A National Dugong & Turtle Protection Plan is essential to manage the decline in dugong and turtle numbers. This is an initiative the Coalition has been advocating for some time. Bipartisan support for a pro-active and realistic plan is necessary to save these majestic creatures from extinction. I have worked very closely with traditional owners…

Tourism Funding Cuts Appalling

A line up of Coalition politicians have banned together to launch a scathing attack on the Labor Government after the announcement of funding cuts to the region’s tourism industry. Shadow Minister for Tourism, Bob Baldwin, said this was the latest in a string of tourism research cuts by the Gillard Government. “Labor also stopped funding…

Business and Sporting Group Announced

A line up of high profile business and sporting leaders were announced today as the members of the region’s sporting and business group. They have been charged with the task of developing a new industry for Cairns and fast tracking sporting infrastructure projects. The formation of the group has been spearheaded by Federal Member for…

Malu Sara Justice

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says he welcomes a decision by the Federal Court to fine the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) the maximum civil penalty of $242,000 for negligence relating to the Malu Sara tragedy and claims this is a step in the right direction towards closure for the victims’ families.“While I…