Leichhardt to reap benefits of Carbon Tax repeal

TODAY’S vote by the Senate to repeal the Carbon Tax is great news for local families and small businesses, Warren Entsch, the Federal Member for Leichhardt, said today. “Scrapping the Carbon Tax will save the average household around $550 a year, including around $200 on the average household electricity bill and around $70 on the…

G20 mural calls for local flavour

LOCAL school students have less than a week to get their entries into the G20 Cairns School Art Competition, in the hope of their works being selected to feature in a massive mural at the Cairns Convention Centre in September. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch launched the competition in early June with Queensland Treasurer Tim Nicholls,…

LGBTI issues hit the spotlight in Canberra

POLICY-MAKERS from across the political spectrum will reaffirm their commitment to reducing legal, social and financial discrimination for Australia’s LGBTI communities at Parliament House tomorrow (WED). The Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians will be re-launched for the 44th Parliament, with a focus on helping to address the divide that exists between policy makers and…

Labor lies defy Budget facts

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has described Labor’s ongoing hospital funding campaign as a “scaremongering stunt” that is unnecessarily worrying patients and the community. “Today we’ve got the ‘Catherine and Jan’ show hitting town to again spread misinformation about ‘cuts’ to local hospitals in the North,” Mr Entsch said. “To be frank, I’m a bit tired…

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…