Malu Sara Trust Fund

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (12.23 pm)-At noon on 14 October 2005, the Malu Sara left Sabai Island in the Torres Strait for a four-hour journey to Badu Island. I think it is fair to say that the people on board had no idea of the fate that lay before them. However, I know that there were…

Flood Levy

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (7.19 pm)-I certainly welcome the opportunity to participate in this debate on the imposition of yet another tax on the Australian people. Massive flooding occurred in eastern Australia at the end of last year and through to January this year, followed by Cyclone Yasi on the evening of Wednesday, 2 February. The…

Condolence Motion – Natural Disasters

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (7.11 pm)-On Wednesday, 2 February, we were told that Cairns had a real prospect of receiving a serious blow from a cyclone that was forming quite some distance to the east of us. It was closer to Fiji than it was to us; nevertheless it was one that we should watch. At…

Cairns Mental Health Carers Support Hub

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (7.10 pm)-I rise tonight to express serious concerns about the future of a fabulous support organisation in my electorate and to call on the government and the relevant minister to reconsider a decision to discontinue funding for the Cairns Mental Health Carers Support Hub. This is an organisation I helped to establish…

On Indulgence – Dr Mal Washer Thank You

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (3.39 pm)-Mr Speaker, on indulgence, I wish to make a short statement. I spoke earlier in acknowledging the contribution of a whole range of people in this House. There is one that I held off recognising because I thought it would be appropriate, with a number of our colleagues here today, to…

Valedictory Speech

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (1.20 pm)-I rise to say that it is a great pleasure to be back in this place. Three years ago when I rolled my swag and decided that I was going to call it quits, being back here today giving a valedictory a couple of months after re-emerging as the member for…

Wild Rivers – Main Committee

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (11.50 am)-On Saturday I was taking some time to read the national papers, and I almost choked on my Weeties when I saw this full-page ad about wild rivers, taken out by the Queensland government in all of the national papers. It says ‘Traditional Owners support Wild Rivers’ and proudly shows the…

Address and Reply – House of Representatives

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (11.42 am)-What an outstanding contribution from a fine regional and rural member. Madam Deputy Speaker Bird, when I made the decision some three years ago to stand down from this place, I never believed for one moment that I would be standing here again before you today- Mr Bruce Scott-We did! Mr…

Same Sex Marraige (Bandt Motion) House of Reps Chamber

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (8.56 pm)-I am very well documented as an advocate for gay rights and the right to equality and I continue to support the cause wholeheartedly. I have many gay friends who have been adversely impacted upon by discrimination in our communities, and I believe that equality should not be determined by one’s…

90 Sec Statement – Mrs Rose Richards

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (1.56 pm)-I rise today to recognise in this place the very special efforts of a very special woman in my electorate of Leichhardt, Mrs Rose Richards, affectionately known as Auntie Rosie. Auntie Rosie has dedicated her life to helping Indigenous pregnant women from remote communities and their children get the best care…