Torres Strait at risk from PNG’s TB epidemic

QUEENSLAND LIBERAL MP Warren Entsch has revealed his dismay at the spiralling tuberculosis crisis in Papua New Guinea, responding to reports yesterday that health experts are calling for TB to be declared as a public health emergency in Australia’s closest neighbour. The move follows the release of a study carried out by the PNG Institute…

Turtle and Dugong: vulnerable, not commercial

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has blasted a Northern Territory Government department for treating turtle and dugong meat “like a snack food”. Mr Entsch, the Member for Leichhardt in Far North Queensland, has received a copy of an email sent out by the Northern Territory Department of Corporate and Information Services (DCIS) Social Club, encouraging members…

Further disaster assistance for Cook residents

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the Disaster Recovery Allowance (DRA) has been extended to the Shire of Cook, meaning eligible people can claim assistance for lost income as a result of Cyclone Ita. The DRA is designed to help employees, primary producers and sole traders get back on their feet and back…

Message clear on poor phone reception

MOBILE phone black spots in Leichhardt have come under the spotlight today with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch hosting a roundtable for key community representatives with Paul Fletcher MP, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Communications. Mr Fletcher is responsible for implementing the Government’s $100 million Mobile Black Spot Programme, which will improve mobile coverage…

Aged care comes under the spotlight in Canberra

AT the same time as the shortage of aged care beds is making headlines in Cairns, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch has again highlighted the region’s aged care crisis in Canberra. On Thursday, Mr Entsch led a round-table with officials from the Department of Social Services and senior advisers to Senator Mitch Fifield, the Assistant Minister…

Time for new focus on cannabis’ medicinal benefits

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has thrown his support behind a multi-party group of federal MPs who are pushing to make cannabis legally available for medicinal purposes. Mr Entsch has joined the Parliamentary Group on Drug Policy and Law Reform, convened by like-minded members across four parties, to prepare a draft of policy recommendations with the…

Improved natural diaster resilience for Douglas

FLOOD-PRONE roads in Douglas will benefit from upgrades thanks to funding announced today by Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and the State Member for Cook David Kempton. Mr Entsch and Mr Kempton jointly announced $860,575 for Douglas from the Natural Disaster Mitigation Program, to raise two existing causeway crossings at Degarra and to upgrade…

Leichhardt school students awarded top prizes

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch today congratulated students from Cairns who have been awarded one of the nation’s top prizes for Year 12 students undertaking Vocational Education and Training in School (VETiS). Five students from Redlynch State College, Smithfield State High School, Trinity Bay State High School and Woree State High School are among 500 students…

Key step reached on Nth Australia inquiry

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today released an interim report from the Committee on Northern Australia, telling Parliament that the inquiry has generated a massive level of community interest and created “high expectations”. The Joint Select Committee on Northern Australia, of which Mr Entsch is the Chair, has been tasked with examining the potential of,…