Adjournment – Cairns Airport

I rise today to congratulate Cairns Airport on punching well above its weight and breaking the record of total passenger numbers. Some 4.3 million passengers passed through the airport in the last financial year, and we are on target to exceed 4.55 million passengers this financial year. This is the largest number yet achieved through…

Private Member’s Motion – Canned Lion Hunting

**WATCH THIS SPEECH ON YOUTUBE** Late last year I attended a briefing on canned hunting with the Member for La Trobe, and was disturbed to learn about the extent of this practice in Africa. I generally support the hunting of wild animals. In my own electorate of Leichhardt in Far North Queensland, hunting is vital…

Time to shift focus from PPL to childcare

LEICHHARDT MP Warren Entsch has welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to scrap the Paid Parental Leave scheme, saying he hopes it will free up much-needed support for families struggling to access appropriate childcare services. “I’m a very strong advocate for parental leave, but it has to be affordable,” Mr Entsch said. “Unfortunately, with the financial…

Entsch welcomes bid to ban lords and ladies

FEDERAL Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch has congratulated his colleague Andrew Laming, the Member for Bowman, for his move to abolish Knights and Dames from the Australian Honours System. Once Parliamentary sittings resume this month, Dr Laming will introduce a Private Member’s Bill calling for the termination of any future Australian knighthoods and dames, while…

New vessels herald a new era

FOUR robust and agile vessels will depart for the Torres Strait today, a key element of a new pilot program that will radically reshape the way services are provided to poverty-ridden PNG villages just 4 km from Australia’s border. The 6.8m motorboats will be used to transport medical supplies, staff and patients between PNG Treaty…

Get involved in the Green Army

THE Australian Government’s major new environmental programme – the Green Army – is getting underway around Australia and Federal MP Warren Entsch is urging any interested Leichhardt locals to attend a community information session. The Green Army supports practical, grassroots environment and heritage conservation projects across urban, regional and remote Australia.   It provides young Australians…