With the election campaign now officially underway, Northern based Senator Ian Macdonald and newly elected Senator Joanna Lindgren are heading to the state’s most northern communities for discussions with regional leaders.
The Senators will be joined by Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch for a two day trip visiting the communities of Thursday Island and Bamaga.
“Over the years I have visited the Torres Strait islands many times and have always enjoyed a wonderful, friendly reception from locals as we discuss matters of importance to the people of that area,” Senator Macdonald said
“It is great to have with me on this trip relatively new Senator Joanna Lindgren, whose uncle, Neville Bonner, also a Liberal, was the nation’s first Aboriginal federal parliamentarian.”
Senator Lindgren said it was always good to work with local MP Warren Entsch who has long represented the area and has a wealth of understanding and knowledge of local issues.
“It is important that I learn from Warren Entsch and Senator Macdonald how I can help them advance the cause of constituents in the region,” Senator Lindgren said.
“And with the Federal election campaign now in full swing, we want the people of the Straits to know they are not forgotten.”
Often the role of Senators is not understood, but it is our job to ensure that the issues of the remote communities are taken into account in debates in the Senate, the Senators said.
The visit will include meetings with local government authorities including Torres Strait Regional Authority, Torres Strait Council and the Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council, along with local health professionals and members of the community.
The trip kicks off tomorrow morning.