Northern-based LNP Senator Ian Macdonald has tonight paid a heart-felt tribute to party colleague and friend, long-serving Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch, at a special event marking his 20 years of Parliamentary service.
Senator Macdonald said he was privileged to have attended the reception in Cairns earlier this evening, using the opportunity to reflect on more than two decades of friendship, honour and respect shared with Mr Entsch.
“Warren is a wonderful and successful advocate for the people he represents,” Senator Macdonald said.
“As one of the oldest and longest standing of Warren’s political colleagues, it is an honour for me to say a few words and to read some excerpts from the truckloads of good wishes,” Senator Macdonald said.
Senator Macdonald said one of his favourite recollections was when Mr Entsch used his maiden speech to Parliament on 20 June, 1996, to smash the perception of the Liberal Party, having left school at 14 years of age and starting work as a porter in the railways.
Mr Entsch, in his speech, said ‘ The perception that the Liberal Party consists only of the privileged and silver tails of our society is just as inaccurate as the perception that the Labor Party represents the workers and less advantaged members of our society.’
“His advocacy for the disadvantaged is legend, and this understanding and empathy with all peoples has been one of the hallmarks of Warren’s success,” Senator Macdonald said.
“Warren has championed many causes with determination, vigour, enthusiasm, emotion, and skill.
“He understands these issues implicitly and has empathy with those involved - all of which has made him a wonderful and successful advocate for the people he represents. No one particular cause should define Warren over and above all of the worthwhile causes he has fought for.
The full transcript of Senator Macdonald’s tribute, in part quoting the PM and other political identities, can be found on his web site and is available at www.senatormacdonald.org.au/speeches.