Federal Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today launched his election campaign calling it one of the most important in a generation.
The federal election will be held on Saturday, 21 May 2022.
Mr Entsch said over the coming weeks he would outline his comprehensive plan for Cairns and Far North Queensland as the region begins to recover from the pandemic.
“This election provides a clear choice, with real consequences for Far North Queenslanders,” Mr Entsch said.
“We are delivering a strong economy and a stronger future.
“Anthony Albanese and Labor would weaken our local economy and put our recovery at risk.”
Mr Entsch said other candidates would say and promise a lot of things over the coming weeks but urged voters to scratch below the surface.
“Anthony Albanese’s hand-picked local candidate will absolutely not stand up for Far North Queenslanders and certainly will not protect our way of life,” he said.
“She has already flagged in a recent interview she will base important decisions on what people in Canberra tell her to do and say.
“Our region needs a fighter. It certainly doesn’t need a party lap dog.”
Mr Entsch said he was proud of his record of delivering for the community.
“There is currently more than $1.2bn in road infrastructure either in the planning phase or currently underway across the region,” he said.
“I have delivered the $10bn reinsurance pool for cyclone and related flood damage that will drive down insurance premiums for households and businesses.
“I have delivered the renewable energy microgrid project to ensure residents living in the Daintree had access to affordable energy.
“I have a proven track record of delivering for the community. I have a clear plan for Cairns and Far North Queensland and will absolutely deliver on it.”
Mr Entsch said he understood voters were frustrated with the events that had occurred over the past two years.
“The pandemic has been very tough for all of us,” he said.
“Cairns and Far North Queensland still faces real challenges.
“Our region needs an experienced leader. Our region needs stability.
“Don’t risk our recovery with a Labor candidate that won’t fight for our region and won’t protect our way of life.”