Coalition announces dugong and turtle protection plan

THE dugongs and turtles along the Great Barrier Reef will have greater protection under a $5 million plan announced today by the Coalition. Shadow Minister for Climate Action, Environment and Heritage, Greg Hunt, made the announcement with the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, in Cairns following ongoing community concern about illegal poaching and the need…

Youth unemployment rise “disgraceful” says Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has labelled the skyrocketing youth unemployment rate in North Queensland a “disgrace” after figures revealed the youth jobless rate had tripled to a staggering 28.4 per cent in the North.   “The jobless rate among 20 to 24-year-olds has doubled since Kevin Rudd came into power in 2007,” he said.  …

Entsch applauds $100m pledge to fix mobile black spots

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today applauded the Coalition’s pledge of $100 million to address mobile phone black spots in regional, remote and outer metropolitan communities. The policy will provide $80 million for a Mobile Network Expansion Programme coverage along major transport routes, in small communities and in locations prone to experiencing natural disasters.  The Coalition…

No time to play politics with DisabilityCare says Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today slammed the ALP’s candidate for Leichhardt, Billy Gordon, for his inaccurate and politically motivated comments about the DisabilityCare rollout. “In a media release today, Billy Gordon made misleading claims that the Coalition will withdraw funding from the NDIS,” Mr Entsch said.  “This is simply not true. “It’s well established…

‘Fix the Bruce’ provides a clear choice for FNQ

DAY 2 of the Federal election campaign and the Coalition has reconfirmed its commitment to Fixing the Bruce, with Nationals Leader and Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Warren Truss and Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today inspecting Stage 3 of the Cairns Southern Access upgrade that forms part of the $10 billion, ten-year works program.…

Federal election a clear choice: Entsch

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed Prime Minister Kevin Rudd’s announcement that the Federal Election will be held on Saturday, September 7th. “At 4pm yesterday, when Kevin Rudd held his news conference, I could hear a very audible collective sigh of relief across the whole region, with people saying ‘At last! We have a choice’,”…

Aquis Resort a vote of confidence in Far North Queensland

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch today described the proposed Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort at Yorkeys Knob as an enormous vote of confidence in Far North Queensland’s economy, and an indicator of the region’s future potential. “The scale of this development is unprecedented. It’s the most important announcement in our region for decades,” Mr Entsch said.…

Entsch joins ‘scrap the cap’ campaign

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has joined more than 1.6 million Australian professionals calling on the Rudd Government to “scrap the cap.” It comes after Labor announced plans to impose a $2000 cap on tax deductibility of self-education expenses. “This cap was introduced as part of Rudd’s $2.8 billion in higher education cuts to supposedly pay…

Entsch pays tribute ‘courageous’ explorer

DELICIOUS German eats and treats were on display as Federal MP Warren Entsch joined Queensland Senator Sue Boyce and a host of special guests to mark the 200th anniversary of Ludwig Leichhardt’s birth this morning. Hosted by the German Club of Cairns, the event included talks from James Cook University Professor Darren Crayn, Consulate of…