High cost of insurance in the north needs policy focus

OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott has recognised that the increasing cost of property insurance is a serious problem for people in Central and Northern Queensland. Responding to strong representations by Federal MP Warren Entsch, Mr Abbott has asked Senator Mathias Cormann, the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Financial Services to work with Mr Entsch…

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Sikhs petition Parliament in an Australian first

THE nation’s Sikh community has enlisted the help of Federal MP Warren Entsch to have Australia recognise the November 1984 killings of more than 37,000 Sikhs in India as genocide. Up to 300 Sikhs from around the country will pack Parliament’s public gallery this Thursday, when Mr Entsch (Member for Leichhardt) will table a petition…

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TB issues examined in Four Corners investigation

THE tuberculosis crisis on Australia’s doorstep will come under the microscope on Monday when the ABC’s Four Corners investigates the rise of superbugs around the world. The program examines how people’s use of antibiotics – the wonder drugs of modern medicine – has actually contributed to the rise of ‘superbugs’, bacteria that do not respond…

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The insurance predicament – where to now?

IN all my time in politics, few issues have required as much perseverance, or generated such a surge of community support, as that of working towards a way out of the North’s property insurance crisis. When people are forced to leave their most valued possessions – their homes and their businesses – uninsured and unprotected,…

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Cape York leaders demand inclusive consultation

MOVES by the Federal Government to fund a ‘closed door’ World Heritage consultation will only result in further alienation of Cape York communities, Federal MP Warren Entsch warned today. Cape York Sustainable Futures (CYSF), the peak body that represents Cape York residents, business owners, traditional owners, leaseholders and pastoralists, came out swinging last week in…

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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,…

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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…

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Fundraising drive now on to help Les get his wheels

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch is appealing to the generosity of the electorate to help a Weipa man who has undergone a traumatic series of medical mishaps over the last 22 months. Les Borthwick, 76, went into Cairns Base Hospital for a knee replacement but complications have forced him to undergo seven operations.  During the most…

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