ATTORNEY-GENERAL SNUBS CAPE AND TORRES MAYORS

A REFUSAL by the Attorney General to meet with the mayors of 19 Cape York and Torres councils over their disaster recovery arrangements is outrageous, says Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch.Kym Jerome, CEO of the Regional Organisation of Councils of Cape York and Torres Shire (ROCCY), wrote to the Hon Nicola Roxon MP on March 27…

MAYOR BACKFLIPS ON SUPPORT FOR POOL REFURBISHMENT

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed a pledge by Cairns Mayor Val Schier to commit $10 million towards refurbishment of the Tobruk Memorial Pool if she is re-elected this month.But he has cautioned that the move “smells like an election ploy” given that only two months ago, Cr Schier labelled a package of initiatives to…

Cape York takes wild rivers fight to Brisbane

CAPE York traditional owners who campaigned on election day in Brisbane against the wild rivers legislation and a blanket World Heritage proposal achieved a significant win for their people, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says. A contingent of traditional owners, including members of Cape York Sustainable Futures, travelled to Brisbane to ensure voters in…

Onus on insurance companies to ease pain for North Queensland

FEDERAL Member for Warren Entsch is urging insurance companies to show a social obligation and provide North Queenslanders with affordable strata title insurance rather than wait for the Government to intervene.Mr Entsch yesterday (March 21) told Federal Parliament the insurance crisis facing northern Australia required Government action but warned there was no quick fix unless…

Cape York stifled by The Wilderness Society’s power over Labor

THE Wilderness Society’s blatant influence over Labor could cost Far North Queensland another mining project that would generate thousands of jobs and revive the region’s economy. Federal Environment Minister Tony Burke has revoked a decision to approve Rio Tinto’s proposed $1.5 billion bauxite mine and port development based on an inaccurate single-page submission by TWS.…

Premier poses for photos but snubs indigenous leaders

PREMIER Anna Bligh’s refusal to meet with leaders of a Cape York council typifies the contempt that Labor holds for indigenous communities, Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch says. The Premier used her visit to Pormpuraaw last month purely as a media opportunity and failed to advise Mayor Richard Tarpencha, chief executive officer Edward Natera…

Private Members Business – World Tuberculosis Day

I would like to associate myself with this debate about tuberculosis. There is no doubt about it; it is a very serious infectious disease, which, despite the availability of effective treatment, remains a major global health problem. Although it is preventable, TB remains a problem through much of the world, mostly in developing countries. In…

Private Members Business – World Tuberculosis Day

I would like to associate myself with this debate about tuberculosis. There is no doubt about it; it is a very serious infectious disease, which, despite the availability of effective treatment, remains a major global health problem. Although it is preventable, TB remains a problem through much of the world, mostly in developing countries. In…