Leichhardt identity takes campaign to Canberra

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has met with local artist, pastor and indigenous rights advocate Norman Miller in Canberra this week to show his support for the petition calling for constitutional change. Mr Miller, who is the Chairman of the Centre for International Reconciliation and Peace, met with Mr Entsch and Ken Wyatt, the…

Strengthening border protection in the Torres Strait

THE Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison, today announced a boost to the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s (ACBPS) presence in the Torres Strait. Four ACBPS officers will be relocated to the Torres Strait and a Bay Class patrol boat will also be available to meet future operations in the…

FNQ aviation industry urged to speak up

THE Australian Government’s Aviation Safety Regulation Review will give local aviation businesses the opportunity to expose CASA’s regulatory and procedural failures, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. The Hon Warren Truss MP, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, has recently released the review’s Terms of Reference. “I welcome the minister’s Review,” Mr…

Anniversary heralds new era for Mapoon

FIFTY years to the day since Mapoon residents were forcibly relocated, the Queensland Government’s gesture of reconciliation will go a long way says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “When you hear the stories of how families departing by boat looked back across the bay and watched as their homes were burnt, it is particularly appropriate that…

Edmonton gains activities centre and cyclone shelter

THE official opening of the Edmonton Leisure Centre today gives the southern Cairns suburb a multi-purpose sports centre that doubles as a cyclone shelter. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure and Regional Development, Warren Truss, said the centre had created a community hub where residents of the fast-growing suburb could gather for sports,…

Entsch speaks out for Australian graziers

THE Coalition Government’s commitment to supporting the live export industry has been reaffirmed in Parliament this week. Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch took an opportunity in Question Time yesterday to highlight to the Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, the plight of livestock cattle exporters in his electorate who were “severely compromised” by Labor’s sudden…

Condolence Motion: The Hon. David Scott Thomson, MC, MP

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (17:53):  David Thomson was very well known as the National Party MP who, in 1975, reclaimed the seat of Leichhardt after Labor had held it for some 24 years. He was the Minister for Science and the Environment from December 1979 through to November 1980 and then Minister for Science and Technology…

Mobile phone black spots come under the spotlight

‘BLACK spots’ in mobile phone coverage can be a daily battle for Far North Queenslanders but there’s now an opportunity for local residents and businesses to highlight problem areas. During the election campaign, the Coalition announced its policy to invest $100 million to ensure that regional, remote and outer-metropolitan communities have access to more reliable…

Pressure eases for local professionals

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Government’s move to abandon two tax measures that would have imposed a severe financial toll on Far Northern professionals. Announced by Treasurer Joe Hockey earlier this week, the Government will not proceed with seven measures in all, including Labor’s $2000 cap on self-education expenses and the $1.7 billion…

Time to remember David Scott Thomson (1924-2013)

THE State Funeral to be held today for the former Member for Leichhardt, the Hon. David Thomson MC, MP, will celebrate his life and remarkable achievements, says current Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch. “David Thomson was well known as the National Party MP who – in 1975 – reclaimed the seat of Leichhardt after Labor had held…