Entsch back to Canberra with big win
GOOD fences make good neighbours, and Warren Entsch has got the fencing pliers out as he faces Bob Katter over the hundreds of kilometres of bush which separates the two men’s electorates of Leichhardt and Kennedy.
The LNP candidate and former Member comfortably defeated Labor’s Jim Turnour at the ballot box for the seat of Leichhardt to bring the Coalition to the brink of an unlikely election win.
All booths in the Douglas region gave more votes to Mr Entsch than any other candidate.
With independents and the Greens set to determine who becomes Prime Minister, Mr Entsch is happy to bury the hatchet with potential kingmaker Bob Katter and work together.
“I know Bob Katter very well,” Mr Entsch said. “We’re not mates, and not likely to ever to mates.
“I’ll never apologise for taking away his AK-47, or the loaded gun under the bed he which he wanted to use to protect his little girls.
“There’ll be a lot of things we disagree on, but there are a lot of areas where I agree with him and admire him, for instance indigenous affairs.
“Decades ago, Bob was minister for Aboriginal affairs in the Joh Bjelke-Peterson government.
“These days, the only minister people remember with affection is Katter. He could relate to them and did a lot of good things for them.”
Mr Entsch promised to deliver on the LNP’s recent $2.6 million pledge to protect turtles and dugong within the first 100 days of a coalition government.
Mr Entsch dismissed the man he defeated for the seat.
“I’ve got no sympathy for Jim Turnour. I’m dealing with a hell of a mess here I’ve got to patch up,” he said.