Talking Tourism in Northern Australia

Parliament’s Northern Australia Committee will hold the first public hearing for its inquiry into Opportunities and Methods for Stimulating the Tourism Industry in Northern Australia on Friday, 17 February 2017 in Parliament House, Canberra. Following the Australian Government’s 2015 White Paper on developing Northern Australia, the Government announced in February 2016 the Northern Australia Tourism…

90 Second Statement – Australia Post

I was certainly taken aback today in reading in today's media of the salary package of Australia Post's CEO Ahmed Fahour. Earning $5.6 million in 2016, he was Australia's highest paid public servant. Five other executives in Australia Post received salaries ranging from $1.3 million to $1.8 million. This is not the first time there…

Adjournment – Domestic and Family Violence

In recent weeks we have seen, again, the tragedy of domestic and family violence in the headlines. The murder of Gold Coast mother Teresa Bradford by her estranged husband, while he was out on bail on domestic violence charges, beggars belief. It has renewed calls for victims of domestic violence to be told if the…

Entsch welcomes Carnell Report into banking practices

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the much-anticipated report into lending practices by the major banks which was released today by the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman, Kate Carnell AO. The report makes 15 recommendations, four of which are for Government and the remaining 11 directed at the banking industry itself. “Call it…

New online nbn tool better helps consumers

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has welcomed moves by nbn Co. to provide even more accurate and timely information about the national broadband rollout. nbn Co. has released the first phase of a new ‘check your address’ web function that provides greater clarity about when an nbn service will be available at a consumer’s…

Spotlight on Small Business Payments

PAYMENT terms and times for Far North Queensland small businesses are currently in the spotlight thanks to an Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Inquiry, Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch says. “When I travel around the electorate and meet with local small businesses, I’m told that cash-flow and payment terms are among the biggest issues…

Leichhardt councils urged to nominate for National Awards

• National awards recognise innovation in regional community services • Categories range from boosting productivity to inspiration through the arts • Nominations for awards close 3 March 2017. The Government’s annual awards for innovative local government projects is now open for entries. Minister for Local Government and Territories Fiona Nash invites local governments to nominate…