Carr needs to come clean on ‘politics of pretence’

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has strongly rejected comments by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr in the Senate last week that he is responsible for a “smear campaign” targeting Australia’s efforts to help the government of PNG address TB issues. “Ministers Carr and Plibersek need to get out of their air-conditioned offices and start talking to…

Nominate a local hero now

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch today urged Leichhardt residents to nominate a local hero for the 2014 Australian of the Year awards. With nominations closing in less than a month, Mr Entsch said people should “act now.” “Nominating someone for these fantastic awards is a simple and great way to recognise our community members making a…

Time for more reform on gender-related legislation

FEDERAL MP and Chief Opposition Whip Warren Entsch has spoken out for children who deal every day with the challenge of growing up as a transgender or intersex person. “I’ve been following the story of the young transgender girl, who featured in the Sunday Mail last week and also on 60 Minutes, who struggled to…

Time to focus on policy and move forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has called for an end to the country’s political “paralysis”, saying re-instated Prime Minister Kevin Rudd must call an election to let the Australian people have their say. “There has been so much speculation over a considerable period of time, the first thing Kevin Rudd needs to do is bring on…

Queensland cattle need grass, not green ideology

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has spoken up for drought-stricken graziers in regional Queensland, arguing for common-sense in relation to opening up national parks for cattle. Mr Entsch was speaking against a Private Members Motion put up by Makin MP Tony Zappia, which criticised State Governments for easing restrictions on land clearing, mining, grazing and hunting…

Don’t underestimate role of 457 workers: Entsch

WORKERS on 457 visas play a vital role in Leichhardt and they should not be ‘demonised’ by a government which is attempting to discredit the program, says Federal MP Warren Entsch. The Member for Leichhardt spoke this week on proposed changes to the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013, which will “add to the…

Private Members Business – Protection of National Parks

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (20:43): In rising to speak on this motion put forward by the member for Makin, I would like to put some level of balance and common sense into this argument. Clearly those that are contributing on the other side are city-centric and probably understand only what they read in the…

‘Look north’ the way forward

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Coalition’s policy paper on Northern Australia, describing it as “a focus I haven’t seen in my lifetime”. Touring Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott on Saturday, Mr Entsch said that despite the bulk of the wealth being generated in northern Australia, 80 per cent of…

Adjournment – Avenue of Honour

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (21:28): In the early hours of 21 June 2010 a US Black Hawk helicopter was flying low and fast to avoid enemy detection in the forbidding mountains of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. In the pitch-black surroundings there was no room for error, and when the helicopter crashed it took the…