National Highway Extension

MR ENTSCH: Mr Speaker, I rose in this chamber on two occasions last week to call out the Queensland Government of its blatant neglect of Far North Queensland. They are starving Far North Queensland of much-needed investment for one reason and one reason only – to help their federal colleagues. They are not only starving…

Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

MR ENTSCH: Last week the Parliamentary Friends of Prostate Cancer Awareness held its annual luncheon here at Parliament House. It was fantastic to see so many people attend and the bipartisan support for this important cause. Prostate cancer doesn’t discriminate. It is the most common cancer amongst Australian men, with 20,000 cases diagnosed each year. More…

Cairns Port and the Cairns Shipping Development Project

MR ENTSCH: Mr Speaker, vary rarely I use these speeches to vent my spleen but I need to set the record straight and start calling out the Queensland Labor Government. The Cairns Port and the Cairns Shipping Development Project has been a hot topic for many years now. But sadly there are those in my…

Tropical Arts Association

MR ENTSCH: It gives me great pleasure to rise this evening to talk about one of Cairns’s best kept secrets: the Tropical Arts Association. Tropical Arts is a not-for-profit community theatre group based in Cairns. It prides itself on community engagement. Tropical Arts tirelessly finds ways to include people, and the benefits to individuals and…

Tuberculosis Motion

MR ENTSCH: TB is a disease that most people thought was in the past or was isolated to small pockets of some impoverished countries. TB is one of the oldest human diseases and has been identified in Egyptian mummies. I, for one, also assumed that the disease was no longer an issue, after my mum actually…

STEM – St Augustine’s College

MR ENTSCH: Last week, I had the privilege of spending the morning with year 9 students at St Augustine’s College in Cairns to participate in their STEM classes and activities. It absolutely amazes me what our young men and women can do these days. There’s certainly no limit for this generation. The things young Australians are…

Rondo Theatre

MR ENTSCH: I rise tonight to talk about a much-loved community asset in my electorate, the Rondo Theatre. Founded in 1953, the Cairns Little Theatre is a community driven, incorporated amateur theatrical company, whose charter is to choose, produce and stage the works of the finest Australian and international playwrights in a professional manner for…

Far North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Charity Ball

MR ENTSCH:  It gives me great pleasure to rise this evening to speak about an important event that I attended in my electorate recently, the annual Far North Queensland Emergency Services Gala Charity Ball. This is the fourth year that they’ve run it. It was held this year on the Eastern Event Lawn, overlooking our…

Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia ‘Northern Horizons’ Report – 28 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: On behalf of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia, I present the committee’s report entitled Northern horizons—unleashing our tourism potential: report on the inquiry into opportunities and methods for stimulating the tourism industry in northern Australia. Northern Australia has many natural advantages that make it a unique and unforgettable tourism destination. Northern Australia’s varied and pristine natural landscapes and wilderness…