Carr delusional over AITHM comments: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has staunchly defended government investment in tropical health and medicine research at James Cook University, describing Labor Senator Kim Carr’s comments in Senate Estimates today as “naive and bizarre”. “The fact is that JCU has a reputation for innovation and does outstanding work in tropical health and medicine,” Mr Entsch said…

Entsch urges locals to Stay Safe Online

LOCAL MP Warren Entsch is encouraging residents and businesses in Leichhardt to ‘stay smart online’ as part of a new national awareness week from 2nd-6th June. “It’s so important that all Australians are able to go online confidently and securely, whether they’re shopping online, doing their banking, learning or communicating,” Mr Entsch said. “The Australian…

Entsch welcomes new insurer to North Qld

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news of increased competition in the North Queensland insurance market, with a new strata product being launched this week. It comes as the major insurers felt the heat under questioning from the Northern Australia committee in Brisbane last Friday, where Mr Entsch warned that the government was prepared to…

Writing on the wall for CASA ineptitude

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the findings of a review into Australian aviation safety, saying it has put the spotlight on CASA’s “toxic and vindictive” culture and practices. “It’s the best report relating to CASA that I’ve seen in a long time,” Mr Entsch said. “I congratulate David Forsyth and the panel that reviewed…

Final days for input on new insurance measures

FAR Northerners have just a few days left to contribute to the discussion paper on insurance, which seeks to pin down exactly how consumers want the aggregator website and other competition-boosting mechanisms to work. As detailed in the Budget, the Government will fund the creation of a website to compare property insurance prices and policies,…

Cyclone Ita: McLucas misleads again

THE Federal Government has made special arrangements for Cook Shire Council to carry out post-Ita repair work on its road network despite Senator Jan McLucas’ “totally inaccurate” claims otherwise. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch says Cook Shire Council has already received a special dispensation from the Prime Minister’s office so that it can use its own…

Remote airport services secure: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has rubbished claims from Labor that regional airstrips face a loss of funding for upgrades, describing it as “irresponsible scaremongering” from the Opposition. “Any suggestion that airstrips in Leichhardt are going to be affected is nonsense,” Mr Entsch said from Canberra today.  “The Deputy Prime Minister’s office has personally confirmed with…

Young job seekers in Cairns offered a hand up

YOUNG job seekers in Cairns will benefit from the Coalition Government’s new Work for the Dole Programme, with the city being selected as one of the 18 high-priority areas across the country. Federal Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch today announced that 18 to 30 year olds in Cairns, who have been unemployed for twelve months…

ATO calls time on Cairns office

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has confirmed that the Australian Tax Office has advised it will be closing its office in Cairns, as the office consolidates its operations from its smallest regional sites. “This is an ATO decision, not a government decision, no matter how Jan McLucas tries to spin it,” Mr Entsch said. “In fact,…

Time to dig deep for young Flynn

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch will put himself ‘under the hammer’ later this month at a fundraising auction for local youngster Flynn Rigby. Flynn will head to China in the near future for a second round of life-changing stem cell treatment and a fundraising drive is in full force. The treatment will cost $30,000…