3 Minute Constituency – Coral Sea Tuna

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (09:51):  I have been following with interest the media coverage on the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission meeting that is being held currently in Cairns. Five hundred international delegates have been debating how to manage what they perceive as overfishing of bigeye, yellowfin, and skipjack tuna in the western and central…

Condolence Motion: The Hon. David Scott Thomson, MC, MP

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (17:53):  David Thomson was very well known as the National Party MP who, in 1975, reclaimed the seat of Leichhardt after Labor had held it for some 24 years. He was the Minister for Science and the Environment from December 1979 through to November 1980 and then Minister for Science and Technology…

Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 – 24 June 2013

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (18:01): I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on the Migration Amendment (Temporary Sponsored Visas) Bill 2013 today. Skilled migrants play a very valuable role in my electorate of Leichhardt. Whether it is as the chef at the local restaurant, a sugarcane worker, bed-and-breakfast operators or an engineer at one…

Private Members Business – Protection of National Parks

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (20:43): In rising to speak on this motion put forward by the member for Makin, I would like to put some level of balance and common sense into this argument. Clearly those that are contributing on the other side are city-centric and probably understand only what they read in the…

Adjournment – Avenue of Honour

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (21:28): In the early hours of 21 June 2010 a US Black Hawk helicopter was flying low and fast to avoid enemy detection in the forbidding mountains of Kandahar Province in Afghanistan. In the pitch-black surroundings there was no room for error, and when the helicopter crashed it took the…

Appropriations Bills No 1 and 2 2013-14

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (11:59): We have heard a lot over the last couple of weeks about the budget-and there is certainly no hiding the fact that Labor’s financial and budgetary management is in total chaos. We have heard all the figures: total gross debt to breach the $300 billion ceiling, record net debt…

Aged Care Living Longer Living Better Bill 2013

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (17:59): I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on the Aged Care (Living Longer Living Better) Bill 2013 and related bills today. However, I have to express my concern that it has taken over a year for the government to bring this legislation to the parliament, and now it wants…

Motion – National Apology on Forced Adoptions

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (17:00): I was certainly privileged to attend the national apology for forced adoptions in the Great Hall on 21 March in the company of many of those who had undergone a forced adoption experience. It was certainly a very humbling and touching event. I am glad that we, as a…

Adjournment – World TB Day

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (19:38): I rise tonight to acknowledge World Tuberculosis Day, this Sunday, 24 March. It is with great sadness that I highlight the case of Catherina Abraham, a 20-year-old girl from Daru Island who last year made a desperate journey to Australia to seek treatment for this killer disease. She had…

Constituency Statement – Tibet Petition

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt-Chief Opposition Whip) (10:30):  I rise today to add my voice in support of those who seek a peaceful resolution in the crisis in Tibet. It is very distressing to hear the human rights situation is driving a number of Tibetans to self-immolate. On 25 February, Tsesung Kyab, a farmer, and Sangdag, a…