Better Indigenous health outcomes for Douglas Shire

NEW funding for primary health care services in Mossman will help keep Indigenous children healthy and ready to learn when they start school, and ensure they are properly immunised. Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch today announced that Queensland Health Cairns and Hinterland Hospital and Health Service (Community Health Mossman) will receive $74,328 as part of new…

NORTHERN AUSTRALIA CRC OPEN FOR BUSINESS

The Australian Government has announced the establishment Board of the $75 million CRC for Developing Northern Australia, which will get to work on attracting research projects that benefit the north. The CRC, which will have its headquarters in Townsville as part of the Townsville City Deal, will be chaired by Cairns business woman Sheriden Morris.…

Vale Noeline Ikin

On Tuesday next week, in the small community of Mareeba, west of Cairns, there will be a huge outpouring of community loss and grief at the funeral of Noeline Ikin, a very special woman who has fought for regional Australia to the very end. Noeline typified the values that regional communities hold dear: honesty, integrity,…

Adjournment – Tuberculosis a growing threat

I stand here today as the co-chair of the Australian Tuberculosis Caucus, and I wish to acknowledge my other co-chair, the Hon. Matt Thistlethwaite. We are very capably, between the two of us, representing this issue here in this country. I also acknowledge my colleague and very good friend the Rt Hon. Nick Herbert, the…

Almost $1 million to upgrade Northern Peninsula airstrip

– Almost $1 million allocated to upgrade the Northern Peninsula airstrip under Round 4 of the Australian Government’s $33.7 million Remote Airstrip Upgrade Programme A vital aerodrome servicing remote communities in far north Queensland will receive almost $1 million in Federal funding for important upgrade works. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester said…

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…