Government’s response to fishing science ‘total hypocrisy” says Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has condemned the Government for its knee-jerk reaction and total mishandling of the Abel Tasman super-trawler debacle. Mr Entsch addressed parliament on Wednesday morning after the government attempted to fast-track controversial changes to the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.   The amendments would create a new Chapter 5B…

Marriage Amendment Bill 2012

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (11:27):  In speaking to this private member’s bill, the Marriage Amendment Bill 2012, I certainly would like to reconfirm my commitment to removing financial and legal discrimination against same-sex couples. I have been a very, very strong and a very public advocate on this issue since-from memory-about 2002, at a…

Project manager sought for Parish Hall project

MOMENTUM is building on the planned refurbishment of the historic Parish Hall on Thursday Island with the Restoration Committee now seeking an ‘honorary project manager’ to get the ball rolling. The co-chairperson of the Parish Hall Restoration Committee, Chris Lemke, said public feedback had been fantastic but it was now time to get an idea…

Accolades flow for Eric Deeral

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has added his own words of respect to the many tributes that have flowed since the passing of indigenous leader Eric Deeral yesterday morning. “I knew Mr Deeral for many years and always considered him a real thinker, who was absolutely committed to making change and very firm in…

What about us? Entsch questions half billion dollar windfall

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt has questioned the move to award Pacific Island nations with $320 million to tackle gender inequality, saying long-overlooked projects in Far North Queensland should be prioritised. Prime Minister Julia Gillard made the announcement at the Pacific Islands Forum in the Cook Islands last week, saying the 10-year program will help increase…

Think outside the square on Daintree accommodation

A PROPOSAL by James Cook University to build its own accommodation at a research facility in the Daintree has been labelled as “short-sighted” by Federal MP Warren Entsch. The Queensland Government wrote to Mr Entsch this week to outline a Proposed Ministerial Designation of Land for Community Infrastructure at JCU’s Daintree Rainforest Observatory. “While I…

Speech – Customs Amendment (Smuggled Tobacco) Bill 2012

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (11:10): As the member for Leichhardt, I have taken a very keen interest in measures to control illegal tobacco. I actually grew up in Mareeba, which was one of the largest tobacco-producing regions in Australia. In fact, one of my first jobs was working on tobacco farms, suckering tobacco, at…