Medicinal Cannabis

Mr ENTSCH: I stand before you today as a very happy man, both elated and deeply gratified, to be able to inform members in this place that Cairns, a region that I have the honour of representing, is now home to the first medical cannabis dispensary in Far North Queensland, the Wild Leaf Dispensary. Many…

Genetic Testing And Life Insurance

Mr ENTSCH: I want to add my voice to this issue of profound importance. It’s an issue that merges the cutting edge of science of genetics with the fundamental principles of justice, fairness and empathy. The issue of genetic discrimination in life insurance is a dilemma that places Australia at a critical crossroads. The time…

Far North Queensland Emergency Services Ball

Mr ENTSCH: On Saturday evening, the Far North Queensland Emergency Services Association held its annual Emergency Services Charity Gala Ball—an evening not just with glitz and glamour but for purpose and passion. The association was established following a heart-wrenching tragedy at Ravenshoe, in the Atherton Tablelands, back in 2015, when a vehicle unfortunately smashed into…

Indigenous Health – Rheumatic Heart Disease

Mr ENTSCH: The heart is often a symbol of vitality and life, but, in some of our First Nations communities, it represents a significant and preventable challenge. Rheumatic heart disease is an issue that has been virtually eradicated from most of Australia, yet disproportionately it remains a harrowing reality in many of our Indigenous communities.…

2023-24 Volunteer Grants Expression of Interest Now Open!

Volunteers and their organisations across Leichhardt will receive part of the Australian Government’s $10 million Volunteer Grants to support the crucial role that they play within our community. The 2023-24 Volunteer Grants provide organisations with grants of between $1000 to $5000 to help organisations buy small equipment for volunteers or reimbursing volunteer fuel, transport or…

School Student Broadband Initiative and Full-Fibre upgrade program

The Australian Government is providing up to 30,000 unconnected families with school aged children across all states and territories with a free National Broadband Network (NBN) connection for 12 months. The initiative will provide 50 megabits per second (Mbps) fixedline services, Fixed-Wireless Plus and Sky Muster Plus services, depending on where the family lives, with…

Mrs Wendy Richardson

MR ENTSCH: I rise today with a very heavy heart to speak on the passing of Wendy Richardson, a much loved and devoted speech and language pathologist who has left a very indelible mark on our community. The sting of this tragedy is not only the profound sense of loss but the stark realisation that…