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…

Adjournment – 70th anniversary of Horn Island bombing

I rise today to speak on a significant anniversary that has been largely overlooked this week. Yesterday marked 70 years since the Japanese bombed Horn Island, in the Torres Strait, during their attempted invasion in World War II. I wish to speak on the vital role of the Torres Strait in the defence of the…

Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2011

I rise today to also speak on this bill, the Insurance Contracts Amendment Bill 2011, and to indicate my support for the measures contained within this bill. The bill changes the insurance law to introduce a standard definition of flood contracts. This is something that is long overdue in this area and over many years…