No commitment yet for sea walls

EVIDENCE given to a Senate Estimates Committee hearing today showed that the Gillard Government has no immediate plans for assistance to Torres Strait Island communities for repair and reconstruction of sea walls.  Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch and North Queensland-based Senator Ian Macdonald – who raised the issue at the Senate Estimates Committee –…

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Entsch renews focus on insurance pain

INSURANCE companies who “cherry-pick” postcodes and avoid covering North Queensland properties should be banned from offering policies in the rest of the country, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has told parliament. Mr Entsch addressed the Chamber on Tuesday evening to reignite concerns about the “continued failure” of the insurance industry in FNQ and to put renewed…

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Avoid impulsive action on reef shipping: Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has warned against a “knee-jerk reaction” in response to the mechanical failure of the bulk carrier ID Integrity near the Great Barrier Reef on Friday. “I’m as concerned as anyone else about this,” Mr Entsch said.  “There is no doubt that we’ve dodged a bullet here, but mechanical breakdowns…

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‘Carbon Cop’ has Cairns Regional Council in its sights

CAIRNS Regional Council residents stand to suffer yet another hit from the carbon tax, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said today. Clean Energy Regulator or ‘Carbon Cop’ officials have told Senate Estimates that, on top of the 10 councils recently named on a list of 248 entities expected to be liable to pay the…

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Budget cuts and tax increases a low blow for tourism

CAIRNS Airport is fully justified in its bid to stop an increase in the departure tax for visitors, the latest blow to the tourism industry from a misguided and unsupportive government, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. As reported in The Cairns Post on May 16, Cairns Airport is banding together with other international…

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Entsch congratulates new Cairns Regional Council team

WARREN Entsch, Federal Member for Leichhardt, has congratulated new Cairns Regional Council mayor Bob Manning, deputy mayor Terry James and councillors on their formal appointment today. Mr Entsch regretted that he couldn’t attend the ceremony, having flown to the Torres Strait for the funeral of his long time friend and elder George Mye. However he…

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Wanted: images that showcase the spirit of Leichhardt

WHETHER you’re a professional photographer or an enthusiastic amateur, a legend behind the lens or have fluked an incredible shot, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch wants to hear from you.Mr Entsch has announced that entries are now open for his annual photography competition, from which he will choose the top 12 shots to feature…

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World Heritage delay a blessing in disguise

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed news that the proposed blanket World Heritage listing for large areas of Cape York is in doubt after the Federal Government missed an international deadline.According to The Australian newspaper, UNESCO has confirmed that a tentative listing for the peninsula should have been submitted by Australia by February…

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Time to act on CBD violence and intimidation

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch is pushing for immediate action on improving law and order in Cairns, saying the safety of residents and visitors, and the city’s image, were being threatened.Speaking on John McKenzie’s talkback show on 4CA Radio on Monday morning, Mr Entsch commented that the situation “seemed to be getting worse in…

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Future looks bright for Weipa Medical Centre

WEIPA residents can breathe a little easier after learning that their local medical centre will remain open for the next six months, with plans underway to lock in a new private service provider after that date. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch raised concerns last month that the private Weipa Medical Clinic may be closed down…

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