Interest sought in Cape York infrastructure

INDIGENOUS businesses and employment training organisations have today been called on to get involved with priority infrastructure projects in Cape York.  Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch said the Australian and Queensland governments were looking for local companies to get involved in the $260.5 million Cape York Region Package.   “This is an extraordinary investment into…

Cairns Airport a massive asset to the Far North

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has spoken in Parliament to commend Cairns Airport for “punching well above its weight” and breaking records in passenger numbers. “Some 4.3 million passengers passed through the airport in the last financial year, and we are on target to exceed 4.55 million passengers this financial year,” Mr Entsch said.…

3 Minute Constituency Statement – Sikh Genocide March

In February 2012, this parliament recognised a terrible act of genocide. Seven thousand men and boys were massacred in Bosnia in 1995 because of their Muslim faith. What if I told you that in India in 1984, more than five times that many people, 37,000 who were predominantly men and young boys, were massacred and…

Adjournment – Cairns Airport

I rise today to congratulate Cairns Airport on punching well above its weight and breaking the record of total passenger numbers. Some 4.3 million passengers passed through the airport in the last financial year, and we are on target to exceed 4.55 million passengers this financial year. This is the largest number yet achieved through…

Private Member’s Motion – Canned Lion Hunting

**WATCH THIS SPEECH ON YOUTUBE** Late last year I attended a briefing on canned hunting with the Member for La Trobe, and was disturbed to learn about the extent of this practice in Africa. I generally support the hunting of wild animals. In my own electorate of Leichhardt in Far North Queensland, hunting is vital…

Time to shift focus from PPL to childcare

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the Paid Parental Leave scheme, saying he hopes it will free up much-needed support for families struggling to access appropriate childcare services. “I’m a very strong advocate for parental leave, but it has to be affordable,” Mr Entsch said. “Unfortunately, with the financial…