Time to focus on policy and move forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has called for an end to the country’s political “paralysis”, saying re-instated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must call an election to let the Australian people have their say. “There has been so much speculation over a considerable period of time, the first thing Kevin Rudd needs to do is bring on…

Queensland cattle need grass, not green ideology

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken up for drought-stricken graziers in regional Queensland, arguing for common-sense in relation to opening up national parks for cattle. Mr Entsch was speaking against a Private Members Motion put up by Makin MP Tony Zappia, which criticised State Governments for easing restrictions on land clearing, mining, grazing and hunting…

Don’t underestimate role of 457 workers: Entsch

WORKERS on 457 visas play a vital role in Leichhardt and they should not be ‘demonised’ by a government which is attempting to discredit the program, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The Member for Leichhardt spoke this week on proposed changes to the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013, which will “add to the…

Private Members Business – Protection of National Parks

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (20:43): In rising to speak on this motion put forward by the member for Makin, I would like to put some level of balance and common sense into this argument. Clearly those that are contributing on the other side are city-centric and probably understand only what they read in the…

‘Look north’ the way forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Coalition’s policy paper on Northern Australia, describing it as “a focus I haven’t seen in my lifetime”. Touring Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Saturday, Mr Entsch said that despite the bulk of the wealth being generated in northern Australia, 80 per cent of…

Adjournment – Avenue of Honour

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (21:28): In the early hours of 21 June 2010 a US Black Hawk helicopter was flying low and fast to avoid enemy detection in the forbidding mountains of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. In the pitch-black surroundings there was no room for error, and when the helicopter crashed it took the…

Hospital comparison shows Daru’s true colours

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has again slammed AusAID’s foreign aid management after it was recently revealed that the hospital at war-torn Bougainville is of a far better standard than the dilapidated facility at Daru Island, on Australia’s doorstep. The photos of Bougainville hospital were provided to Mr Entsch after a local non-profit organisation visited the…

Cape York funding welcomed but ‘show us the money’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed today’s news that the Federal Government will spend $210 million upgrading roads, power and sewerage on Cape York. However he has cautioned that the government must outline exactly where the money is coming from, and ensure it is locked in before the September 14 election, for the announcement to…

Time to dig deep, Entsch tells MPs

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has today accepted 150 Avenue of Honour commemorative pins, which he hopes to use to raise a further $15,000 for the project from Members of Parliament in Canberra. The Australian Government has contributed $100,000 to the project but, to date, Mr Entsch is believed to be the only politician who has…