Adjournment – Growing up Queer Report

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (12:34):  I rise here today wearing a very, very different hat-not as the member for Leichhardt but as the chair of the Parliamentary Friendship Group for LGBTI Australians. On Friday a report was released which, to be frank, sent a pang of great sympathy and sadness through me. Titled Growing up queer,…

Adjournment – JUTE Theatre Company

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (21:00):  I rise tonight to highlight the great work of a local theatre company, the JUTE Theatre Company. JUTE has recently been successful in receiving another triennial grant from the Australia Council for the Arts. JUTE’s artistic director and CEO, Suellen Maunder, wrote to me to let me know that they really…

Matter of Public Importance (MPI) – Infrastructure

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (16:32): I gives me pleasure to rise today to speak on this MPI. In fact, I think there would be very few of us here who would not argue that we have a great deal of agreement in relation to the basis of what is being presented. However, if you are going…

Environmental Legislation Amendment Bill 2013

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (11:54): I certainly welcome the opportunity to speak on this bill today. There are two key elements of this bill, and I will only briefly mention the first. I disagree with the previous speaker in that it seeks to make a technical amendment to the EPBC Act to ensure that past decisions…

Grievance Debate – Mental Health Services

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (19:13): I rise tonight to speak of an issue that has touched many people, not just in my life but in the lives of many in my electorate. Mr Deputy Speaker, I am sure you are familiar with some of the issues I have raised in the past in relation to mental…

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…