Great Barrier Reef – 18 June 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (11:32): There’s no doubt about it; the Great Barrier Reef is the greatest living natural wonder on our planet, and I’m fortunate enough to represent a very large portion of that natural wonder, a very significant amount of which the previous speaker was talking about in relation to the impacts of bleaching. Rather…

Machans Beach Second World War RAAF Memorial – 29 May 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:59): At the weekend I attended a memorial service and the unveiling of a plaque to commemorate the tragic death of 11 servicemen during the Second World War. The loved ones of those 11 travelled from California, New Zealand, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to be at the unveiling. They were joined by more…

Cairns Businesswomen’s Club – 21 May 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:50): It gives me great pleasure to rise today to pay tribute to the fantastic businesswomen in my community. On Friday I attended the Cairns Business Women’s Club business woman of the year awards. These awards are now in their 31st year and truly showcase the amazing and inspirational women we have in…

Flynn Rigby – 28 March 2018

MR ENTSCH: (Leichhardt) (13:46): I rise today to pay tribute to a brave young lad living in my electorate. Flynn Rigby and his twin brother, Jack, arrived in this world 16-weeks premature. Flynn weighed 720 grams and Jack was only 630 grams. Sadly, Jack didn’t make it. He passed away after only 10 days. But…

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.…