What's the difference between Warren Entsch and Halley's Comet? One's a giant ball of hot flaming gas, the other's just a comet.
Warren Entsch, who's done bugger all during his previous Howard Government term, took on as his benchmark issue this term the massive insurance price hikes that have been dished out by an unregulated insurance industry on Far North Queensland. Unfairly. And Massively.
Well we've now seen the results of his election as Member for Leichhardt, and Minister of Blogs. Nothing. Well, nothing is too kind. Really, less than nothing.
In the just announced budget, this "life or death" issue for Far North Queenslanders was given the mighty Tony Abbott LNP "FLICK". The issue received:
• $4M grant for a price comparison website (which other, non-governmental websites, already do)
• $12.5M for insurance "engineering assessment grants".
What are these engineering assessment grants? They're corporate welfare to the insurance companies! Instead of the companies incurring the cost of evaluating a home or unit complex for insurance, they're now doing it and getting paid for this work by the government!
So our lazy, drink driving MP Entsch has not only failed to do ANYTHING about our high property insurance rates, he's managed to get the insurance companies MORE OF OUR TAX MONEY to do their jobs!
Entsch has pulled any mention of the "insurance crisis" that he and John "Cueball" MacKenzie ginned up, replacing it with "news on the crown of thorns starfish" or some other bullshit.
The roots of Entsch's problems go back to his lies told to his party leaders when he was Liberal Party Whip during the last Gillard Government during the Michelle Rowland "pairing" incident. Tony Abbott will stand next to Entsch in a photo op, but Entsch is in the political wilderness. Most of the MP's in Canberra rarely say two words to Entsch. He's a pariah.
God help us if we really need the Federal Government's help someday. Warren Entsch is persona non grata #1. He should be persona non grata on the streets of Cairns, too.