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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Labor’s border protection failures put pressure on settlement services

Joint Release – Warren Entsch MP and Teresa Gambaro MP LABOR’S $4.9 billion budget blow-out on border protection failures since 2009/10, as well as gross inefficiencies in the management of the migrant and refugee settlement program, has placed unbearable pressure on settlement service providers throughout Australia, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Citizenship and Settlement Teresa Gambaro MP…

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TB message hits home in Canberra

THE human face of the Tuberculosis health crisis occurring on Far North Queensland’s doorstep was brought home to federal politicians in Canberra this week. Around 30 Coalition MPs, including senior members of the Shadow Ministry, attended a briefing at Parliament House on Tuesday hosted by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch and Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop.…

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Support critical work in suicide prevention, government told

THE vital work of the Dr Edward Koch Foundation has been highlighted in Parliament during National Suicide Prevention Week with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch calling for an urgent increase in government funding. Since 2007, 40 people on average per year have taken their own lives in Far North Queensland and during Adjournment Debate yesterday, Mr…

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Government’s response to fishing science ‘total hypocrisy” says Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has condemned the Government for its knee-jerk reaction and total mishandling of the Abel Tasman super-trawler debacle. Mr Entsch addressed parliament on Wednesday morning after the government attempted to fast-track controversial changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.   The amendments would create a new Chapter 5B…

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Project manager sought for Parish Hall project

MOMENTUM is building on the planned refurbishment of the historic Parish Hall on Thursday Island with the Restoration Committee now seeking an ‘honorary project manager’ to get the ball rolling. The co-chairperson of the Parish Hall Restoration Committee, Chris Lemke, said public feedback had been fantastic but it was now time to get an idea…

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Accolades flow for Eric Deeral

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has added his own words of respect to the many tributes that have flowed since the passing of indigenous leader Eric Deeral yesterday morning. “I knew Mr Deeral for many years and always considered him a real thinker, who was absolutely committed to making change and very firm in…

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What about us? Entsch questions half billion dollar windfall

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt has questioned the move to award Pacific Island nations with $320 million to tackle gender inequality, saying long-overlooked projects in Far North Queensland should be prioritised. Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands last week, saying the 10-year program will help increase…

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