New Hospital Must Be Fast Tracked

The Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has hit out at the State Government for trying to once again stall plans to build a new Category 5 Cyclone Rated Hospital as promised after Cyclone Yasi hit in February this year.   Mr Entsch said it was ridiculous that hundreds of patients were forced to be…

LIVE CATTLE EXPORT DAMAGE TO TAKE ITS TOLL

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed the live cattle export suspension being lifted after what he says has been a tense month of waiting for one of Northern Australia’s largest industries.    Mr Entsch said the Government’s knee-jerk reaction to ban live cattle exports to Indonesia before listening to the industry about how…

Backflip By State Government Disgraceful

The Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has come out swinging at the State Government’s outrageous backflip on moving sections of the public sector to Cairns as promised.   “For the State Government to come out and back peddle on their commitment to relocate public servants and Government Departments to this city is yet another…

Member For Leichhardt Welcomes Posture Review

I welcome the Defence Minister’s announcement to conduct a Force Posture Review of the Australian Defence Force (ADF). The Coalition supports the proposed Review, although it is very late in being developed and should have been front and centre in the 2009 Defence White Paper. The review will assess whether the ADF is best?positioned geographically…

After Waiting 4 Years For Aaction, Another 10 Months Is Too Long

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has slammed the State and Federal Government for what he calls “hollow promises” which are a “sick joke” giving the people of the Far North false hope.    Mr Entsch’s criticism of State and Federal Government comes after Main Roads Minister Craig Wallace and Transport Minister Annastacia Palaszczuk announced…

Live Animal Exports

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (19:11): I rise to speak on this motion. There is much in what the member for Fremantle has said that I agree with. I am somebody who has had quite considerable experience in the cattle industry and I still have an interest in it. I agree that stunning is the…

Access to Finance in Leichhardt

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (16:40): I rise today to raise serious concerns about what I see as unconscionable gouging practices by the big banks in my electorate. Over an extended period of time, Far North Queensland has suffered what could be described as almost the perfect storm. The hangover from the GFC has stopped…

Matter of Public Importance: Live Animal Exports

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (16:11): All I can say is God help the graziers in northern Australia when you have got that type of absolute uninformed drivel that is coming forward here on an issue that is so critically vital to so many families in Northern Australia. We are supposed to be talking about the…

Entsch Launches Aniba Petru Appeal

Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has launched an appeal to raise $15,000 to get Aniba Petru and his deceased daughter Martha home to PNG. Mr Entsch said The Cairns Post and his office have been overwhelmed with calls from people wanting to donate to Aniba and assist him with his plight. “It is at…