Amendment – Same Sex Marriage Bill – Second Reading -7 Dec 2017

Mr ENTSCH (Leichhardt) (09:33): I thank honourable members for their contributions to the second reading debate on the Marriage Amendment (Definition and Religious Freedoms) Bill 2017. I would particularly like toacknowledge at this point the co-signers of the bill who are here. We have Senator Dean Smith, who dealt with this in the other place,…

90 Second Statement – HMAS Cairns

I’d like to congratulate the Defence Force on its announcement of a $300 million upgrade to the naval base HMAS Cairns and the home basing of four new Offshore Patrol Vessels in Leichhardt. The 2016 Defence White Paper had originally committed $100 million for the OPV wharf and infrastructure upgrade by 2020, so this announcement…

Jonsson Family – Wombinoo Station

There has been much talk about the performance of the major political parties in the Queensland Election. I am now going to shift the spotlight onto the criminal activity carried out by the Wilderness Society. On the 23rd of November, just two days before Queenslanders went to the polls, the ABC broadcast a story in…

Adjournment Debate – Same-Sex Marriage Bill

I have been a long-time advocate for changes in this area, and initially found the journey to be very lonely, but it was something I was determined to do. In 2004, when the Parliament changed the definition of marriage to exclude LGBTI Australians, I stood in the Liberal Party Room and said I didn’t understand…

Adjournment – Cairns Marine Precinct

I rise today to boast, if you like, about outstanding achievements in my beautiful city of Cairns. Cairns is set to become Australia's major hub for maintenance and sustainment work on the Australian Navy and industry ships after the government delivered on its $24 million election promise. Just over a week ago, I announced that…

90 Second Statement – Cairns Rifle Club

I would like to congratulate members of the Cairns Rifle Club for their outstanding gold medal wins at the world championships in Canada last month. Marty Lobert, Peter Carter and Steven Lazarus were all part of the winning Australian F-class rifle team. This is back-to-back gold for these men, and this has never been done…

PRIVATE MEMBERS’ BUSINESS – Australian Aid

In speaking to this motion I'd like to focus on tuberculosis, which is very much a disease of poverty. As a director of the Global TB Caucus and the Australian convenor for the Global HIV, Malaria and Tuberculosis Caucus, I'm also the co-chair of the Asia Pacific TB Caucus and Australian TB Caucus. Australia's TB…

3 Minute Speech – Tribute to Mr Ronald Keith Ireland, OAM

We all meet people in our life, and particularly so when you're a member of parliament representing all constituents in an electorate, but only a few will stand out and leave a lasting impression that will extend beyond a lifetime. Ronald Keith Ireland OAM was one of those people. On Monday 24 July 2017, a…

90 Seceond Statement – Western Cape Trade Skills Centre

Life is what you make of it, so I'd encourage students from across Weipa to take full advantage of the new Western Cape Trade Skills Centre and create the opportunities and future that they want. I officially opened the centre last month and was able to meet some of the students there. Liam, Katelyn, Jamiee-Lee…