Qantas Cairns plight highlighted in Parliament

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has again advocated on behalf of staff at Qantas’ Cairns crew base, making a statement in Parliament yesterday on the impending job losses. On 4 March, Mr Entsch wrote to the CEO of Qantas, Alan Joyce, and asked him to reconsider his decision, either allowing the base to remain, with a…

Entsch backs veterans in long campaign

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has strongly supported the Fair Indexation of military pensions in Parliament, saying that Australia’s veterans have waited a long time for reform. “This government was elected with a four-pillar policy for veterans and their families, which included recognising the unique nature of military service, maintaining a stand-alone Department of Veterans’ Affairs,…

Cairns going for growth in line with G20 aims

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has highlighted in Parliament the opportunities that will come out of Cairns hosting the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in September. Mr Entsch was speaking on a Private Member’s Motion put up by Teresa Gambaro MP, the Member for Brisbane and the city hosting the G20 leaders meeting…

Private Member’s Motioin – G20

It is certainly a pleasure for me to speak to this private member’s motion put up by my good friend the member for Brisbane. There is no doubt that hosting the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Cairns in September, followed by the leaders meeting in Brisbane in November, is a massive…

Roads and rail top of the agenda

INFRASTRUCTURE funding has been a hot topic in Parliament this week, with Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch taking two opportunities to highlight the Coalition’s commitments to ‘Fixing the Bruce’ and the Peninsula Development Road. On Monday, Mr Entsch spoke on a Private Member’s Motion put up by the Member for Herbert, Ewen Jones, which reinforced how…

Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment Bill 2014

I am certainly pleased to have the opportunity to speak on this bill today. In Leichhardt we know how vital it is for land transport infrastructure to be in place. It enables people to travel regularly and reliably to every corner of the electorate. Unfortunately, this is rarely an option. The Land Transport Infrastructure Amendment…

New direction for Advance Cairns

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has congratulated local businessman Trent Twomey, who starts his role as the new Chair of Advance Cairns today. “Trent has an incredible level of enthusiasm and an absolute commitment to our region,” Mr Entsch said.  “He is very well connected and highly respected. “He will bring new energy to Advance Cairns…

Aurukun celebrates funding for new Men’s Shed

The Australian Government is supporting social and economic projects that benefit remote Indigenous communities, today announcing funding of $138,000 for a Men’s Shed in Aurukun. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs, Nigel Scullion, and the Member for Leichhardt, Warren Entsch, said a key priority for the Government was to ensure that as many Indigenous people as…

Government set to obliterate red tape

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the introduction in Parliament today of the Government’s ‘Red Tape Repeal Day’ bills, saying there would be “an audible sigh of relief from long-suffering local businesses”. Next Wednesday’s Repeal Day (26 MAR) will scrap more than 9,500 unnecessary or counter-productive regulations and 1,000 redundant acts of Parliament, saving individuals…