Cooktown Discovery Festival – 27 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (19:55): I rise today to bring to the attention of the House a very special anniversary happening in a town in my electorate, Cooktown, in 2020. On 17 June 1770, His Majesty’s bark the Endeavour, captained by Lieutenant James Cook, found refuge at the mouth of the Waalumbaal Birri, now known as the Endeavour…

Queensland Indigenous Housing – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (10:45): The right to housing is an absolutely fundamental right of all Australian citizens. Sadly, the Queensland Labor government, in a campaign led by Jackie Trad, is more interested in playing politics than putting roofs over people’s heads. This year marks the end of the 10-year Remote Housing Strategy. The Commonwealth provided $5.4…

World Tuberculosis Day – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: TB is a disease that most people thought was in the past or isolated to small pockets of some impoverished countries. It is one of the oldest human diseases and has been identified in Egyptian mummies. My mother was inflicted with TB in the early 1960s and spent a year in the Cairns Base…

Betty Hinton – 26 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (16:23): I rise today to pay tribute to a much-loved and respected member of the North Daintree community, Betty Hinton. I’m proud to call Betty my friend. Betty is the owner of Floravilla Ice Cream Factory and Art Gallery at Cow Bay, a business she has operated for more than 35 years.…

Mainie Designer Fashions – 28 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:31): I rise today to speak about a Far North Queensland company that is kicking some major goals both domestically and overseas. Mainie Designer Fashion is an Australian owned company with a vision to be recognised internationally as a distinctively Australian fashion and gift brand. Mainie’s founders and owners are Cairns based husband-and-wife…

Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment Bill – 28 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (10:42): I rise to speak on the Veterans’ Affairs Legislation Amendment (Veteran-centric Reforms No. 1) Bill 2018 and support it. It’s one that I think is long overdue and one that will make a real difference to the lives of thousands of Australians. There is no greater honour than to serve your country.…

Chinese Lunar New Year – 13 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:53): I rise today to speak about one of the most important cultural festivals in the Cairns and Far North Queensland calendar. Now in its 15th year, thousands of locals, domestic visitors and international tourists from mainland China and Hong Kong will descend on our beautiful city to celebrate Chinese lunar new year.…

Far North Queensland Power Prices – 13 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (19:19): Far North Queensland is sick and tired of being treated as a cash cow when it comes to paying for electricity. The Queensland Competition Authority has warned the state-owned regional electricity retailer, Ergon Energy, that it must be forced to compete against new retailers. There is no competition out there. The…

John Morris – 6 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:43): I take this opportunity to recognise a great community leader, developer and dear friend of mine, John Morris. I also wish John a very happy 90th birthday for this Thursday. John is known as ‘Mister Port Douglas’ and is a living icon in the Far North. His vision and determination has helped…

John Norman – 5 February 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (10:33): You don’t meet many people in your life who are gifted enough to inspire change in business in a community and who leave a long-lasting impression on all of those that they meet. Robert John Norman, commonly known as ‘Bob’ is one of those men. On 18 January 2018, a great life…