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.…

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…

Northern Australia Joint Select Committee – Report

MR ENTSCH: I have been looking forward to rising to speak again on this very, very important subject of cyclone reinsurance. As the member for Leichhardt and the Deputy Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Northern Australia, I’ve taken a very keen interest in this issue over many, many years and in finding a…

King’s Birthday Honours Awards Leichhardt

MR ENTSCH: I would like to pay tribute to some remarkable individuals from my region who were recognised during this year in the King’s Birthday Honours. Firstly I acknowledge Theo Bacalakis, who received the Medal of the Order of Australia for his invaluable work with St Johns Community Care and in the establishment of that…

North Queensland space industry, Space Centre Australia

MR ENTSCH: I rise today to share with you a recent remarkable event in my electorate of Leichhardt: the North Queensland space industry workshop presented by Space Centre Australia. This groundbreaking event was held in Cairns on 21 April. It brought together leaders and experts from around the world to discuss the construction of Australia’s…

Mossman Elders Justice Group

MR ENTSCH: Madam Deputy Speaker Claydon, I rise today to share with you my recent visit to the Mossman Elders Group in my electorate of Leichardt, in Mossman. It’s an inspiring community organisation led by Patricia Clacherty. The Mossman Elders Group is made up of a small staff of three and four active elders ranging…