Entsch back to Can­berra with big win

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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