Cairns’ own ‘renovation rescue’ launched

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has issued a call to arms to help a terminally ill local mum with a ‘Renovation Rescue’ so she can focus on enjoying time with her family. Trinity Beach resident Kim Jenkins became known to the wider community in 2011 when an appeal was launched to raise money for treatment for…

Stand up for your members, Entsch tells unions

FAR Northerners must unite in demanding that the Federal Government reverse health funding cuts in Queensland as they have just been forced to do in Victoria, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. “If it’s good enough for Victoria, it’s good enough for Queensland,” Mr Entsch said today. “The $8.3 million that is being clawed back from…

Family seeks answers to Alegria’s mystery condition

THE Cairns community is known for rallying together in times of need and Federal MP Warren Entsch is hopeful that an appeal to help diagnose a toddler’s mysterious illness will be no different. Alegria Havini was born two and a half years ago with no complications, but medical staff immediately knew something wasn’t right.  Alegria…

Scrap the RDA, says Entsch

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has called for the immediate closure of Regional Development Australia, describing it as a “farce” that has provided no benefits whatsoever for the electorate of Leichhardt. “The only funding that Regional Development Australia is generating for Far North Queensland is in the salaries of the bureaucracy,” Mr Entsch said today.  “In…

Focus back on TB after motion passes Parliament

THE campaign for action to deal with endemic tuberculosis in PNG’s Western Province has had a major win today, with a Private Member’s Motion put up by Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch passing unopposed through the Parliament. “This is an absolutely incredible result,” Mr Entsch said today.  “After two years of fighting to get this government…

Petition: Stand up for Tibet

FEDERAL MP Warren Entsch has long counted himself a ‘friend of Tibet’ and was thrilled to meet the Dalai Lama in Canada last year during a parliamentary delegation. Mr Entsch is urging Far North Queenslanders who are concerned about deteriorating human rights conditions in Tibet to sign a petition urging the Australian Government to; ·…

Adjournment – Mental Health

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (19:39): I rise tonight to speak on an issue that is very close to my heart. The mental health of our young people is something that cannot be neglected and we need to be proactive in the very early stages. That being the case, I would like to highlight the…

National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (12:14): In rising to speak on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012, I am by no means the first, and I certainly won’t be the last, to stand in this chamber and say that the current system of support for people with a disability is definitely broken. We have…

MP takes local disability stories to Canberra

HEART-RENDING cases of Far Northerners affected by disability were heard in Parliament today when Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch spoke on the National Disability Insurance Scheme Bill 2012. “The current system of support for people with a disability is definitely broken,” Mr Entsch told the House. “We need a new system of support, a system that…

Appropriation Bill 2012-2013

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (18:53): I rise this evening to talk about some serious health issues that have arisen in my electorate and the failure of this government to provide sufficient funding for programs to address them. As anyone who has experienced a serious illness knows, poor health can impact on many areas of…