Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch to stand again


Howard Salkow

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Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch is preparing for a sixth term with the Liberal National Party. IMAGE: Supplied.

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WARREN Entsch, the Federal Member for Leichhardt, is not going anywhere, and as he still “has unfinished business to achieve”, he will be running in the next election.

“It would have been easy for me to walk away after more than two decades in public life and hand over the baton to someone else,” he said. 

“But there is still lots to do and for this reason I have put my hand up for pre-selection for the seat of Leichhardt at the upcoming Federal Election, due to be held by June 2019.

“I am unaware if I will face a challenge at this stage but that is the beauty of our party,” said Entsch, who has represented Leichhardt since 2010.

Pre-selection for the seat closes on Monday, 16 April.

This will come as good news for many in the Douglas Shire – which is part of the Federal Electoral Division of Leichhardt – especially those north of the Daintree River where Entsch has been long fighting to secure a power grid and improvements to the ferry crossing.

He was recently in the Daintree at a forum where he wholly endorsed a detailed document entitled Powering Daintree, which he has presented to the energy minister.

Entsch said there will be people, especially the keyboard warriors, who will question my decision purely because of my age. He turns 68 in May.

“We live in a democracy. If they feel they could do a better job representing the people of Cairns, Cape York and Torres Strait, then I look forward to seeing their names on the ballot paper.

“I also know there are people out there, including within my own party, that didn’t agree with my advocacy for marriage equality.

“I am extremely proud of the role I played in achieving equality for thousands of Australians.

“But at the end of the day they conveniently like to ignore the fact the overwhelming majority of Australians supported change, including 64.4 per cent of people living in Leichhardt,” he said.

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