Jim Turnour & Warren Entsch
I MOVED to the region in 2003 and have spent most of my life working in agriculture. Prior to being elected, I was working for the Department of Primary Industries as the manager of Operation Farm Clear cleaning up farms damaged by Cyclone Larry.
What I really enjoy about politics is you can really make a difference to people’s lives, whether it is helping someone cut through bureaucracy or seeing the benefits of our school building program, it is very rewarding.
The downside is you work very long hours in politics, which I don’t mind except that at times I miss out on family events.
There are lighter moments during an election campaign. I think it’s pretty funny when driving down the road with my three-year-old in the back that she keeps yelling out “Daddy” and pointing every time she sees one of my signs.
To relax I generally go to the beach for a walk and if it’s not too cold for a swim because the view and the sound of water is relaxing.
My favourite sporting team is the Brisbane Lions.
I started watching Aussie Rules as a kid because my dad was a Victorian originally and I have always enjoyed watching AFL even though I played more union and league as a young bloke.
My hidden talent would probably be I am pretty good at fixing things, I get it from my dad.
Whenever I visit the Douglas region I always like to call into Goodies Cafe in Mossman for a juice or lunch because they have delicious gluten-free food.
Nelson Mandela is someone I really admire. His autobiography Long Walk to Freedom inspired and amazed me because he spent such a long time in jail and came out not bitter but really focussed on creating a strong nation in South Africa.
Taking the politics out of it, Warren is entertaining at times, he has some good one-liners.
I haven’t thought about what I might do if I don’t win the election, I expect to be working hard for the people of Leichhardt.
I was born in Babinda and am a proud Far North Queensland local, born and bred.
I started out as a toilet cleaner in the Mareeba railway station then joined the Air Force and trained as an aircraft engine fitter. I then went on to be a real estate agent in Cairns, then a crocodile farmer and Cape York grazier, from which I entered into politics.
The part I enjoy most about being a politician is helping people access the bureaucracy to make a positive difference in their lives.
What I don’t like is destructive party politics. I’m not one to get caught up in it, I just like to get on with the job. I can’t stand individuals who are more focussed on the well-being of their party rather than the wellbeing of the people they represent.
There have been many funny moments as a politician, but one to share was when I assisted to arrange the NOCOG (Not the Organising Committee of the Olympic Games) to take the mickey out of SOCOG, who were the ineffective organisers of the Sydney Olympics.
I arrived with the Mexican Ambassador who was the honorary ambassador for the event (also a good friend of mine) for the black tie, no shoe ball as a fundraiser for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
The event at the Cooktown RSL Club was a huge success even though the Ambassador’s special tequila proved a bit too much for some.
My favourite sports team was the Cowboys but is now The Northern Pride. I am very parochial.
To relax I like to spend time on my farm pulling weeds and hanging out with my birds and other animals. For obvious reasons animals are loyal and always good company.
My favourite place to visit when I visit the Douglas region is Coopers Creek because of the beauty and tranquillity.
My best hidden talent is I’m a half handy cook, as long as it’s not too fancy.
In regards to Jim, for those who know him well I am sure he has endearing qualities, but he’s not the sort of bloke I would invite around to my home for or a barbecue.
Someone I really admire is Young Australian of the Year Tanya Major just look at where she came from and where she is today - she’s a legend, a true inspiration.
If I don’t win the election I’ll go back to giving more time to not-for-profit organisations like the Australian Rainforest Foundation (ARF) the Dr Edward Koch Foundation and the Harald’s House Committee. I would also go back to spending more time on my farm pulling weeds and hanging out with my animals.
Sparring partners: political rivals Warren, left, and Jim