Government stalls while Cape roads crumble

NORTH Queensland Councils have reached crisis point and will close some of the most popular tourist routes on Cape York if the government cannot commit to reimbursing day labour for disaster reconstruction works. Despite the representatives of 19 regional councils meeting with Attorney General Nicola Roxon in Townsville on June 5, and having the matter…

Matter of Public Importance – Marine Conservation

In rising to speak on this MPI, I started to choke on some of the uninformed drivel that was coming from the other side. I was particularly concerned by a couple of speakers who made light of the fact that they are going to have to travel some distance to reach Commonwealth waters. What they do…

Private Members Motion – Torres Strait Sea Walls

It dismays me immensely that I have for the second time to move a motion of this nature in relation to the Torres Strait seawalls. Last year in March I had a motion prepared and I was ready to have it submitted to this place for debate. I was asked directly by the Minister Crean’s…

Coral Sea closure a disgrace, says Entsch

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has described the network of marine parks announced by the Federal Government today as “dishonest” and a “huge blow” to the community. “With absolutely no science behind it, the government is planning to lock up one third of Australia’s oceans – this is Green Zones revisited on steroids,” Mr…

Opening of the annual Rotary District 9550 Conference

Firstly I’d like to thank Brett Charles for his introduction today, and what a great job on the Flag Ceremony by the YEP Students.  I’d also like to thank District Governor Graham Koch for inviting me to officially open the conference today. Can I extend a very warm welcome to you all to Cairns and the electorate of Leichhardt,…

Entsch condemns RDAF grant as ‘smoke and mirrors’

THE awarding of $5 million in the latest Regional Development Australia Fund towards upgrading the Torres Strait sea walls is a “cruel hoax” that will give the government an excuse to do absolutely nothing, says Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch. Mr Entsch condemned the timing of the announcement, which comes just days after he…

Can you help?

YORKEY’S Knob State School is in urgent need of volunteers for this Sunday’s Challenge Cairns event. The school is being offered $4,500 to man three drink stations and monitor some crossing points on Varley St and The Esplanade, an amazing opportunity to earn big dollars for extra student learning resources. However, the school is running…

Win for sports fans in the Daintree

SPORTS-mad residents of Cow Bay, Forest Creek and Cape Tribulation are over the moon that they can continue to watch State of Origin and Friday night football matches at their local club. However a liquor licensing issue, which almost forced the closure of the much-loved Alexandra Bay Sports Club earlier this month, is still not…

Budget Appropriations Bills – Speech

What an outstanding contribution from the member for Sturt. I watched with interest the announcement of the 2012-13 budget, and it was sorely disappointing. For my electorate of Leichhardt, this budget is yet another blow to growth, another blow to tourism, another blow to economic enterprise and another blow to small business owners. For too…