Counter-terrorism reform needed

Read my article in The Australian
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Naval Shipbuilding Plan released by Turnbull Government

The Turnbull Government today released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which will see the greatest recapitalisation of our naval capabilities since WWII. Our Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines how this will be delivered in Australian shipyards with Australian workers, using Australian resources.
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Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

Senator Fawcett serves as Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in the 45th Parliament. The Committee investigates and oversees matters relating to Australia’s national security, foreign policy and trade relations.
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DAVID'S HISTORY

David served in the Australian Defence Force for over 22 years. An Army pilot, he flew helicopters and fixed wing aircraft and was the Senior Flying Instructor at the School of Army Aviation in Queensland.

Graduating as an experimental test pilot from the Empire Test Pilots’ School (UK), he finished his full time career in Defence as the Commanding Officer of the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit.

Elected to the House of Representatives as the Member for Wakefield (SA) in 2004, he served in the Parliament until 2007. David continued to fly as a test pilot and ran a small business working in the Defence and Aviation sectors prior to being elected to the Senate.

 

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DAVID'S ROLE IN PARLIAMENT

David is a Senator for South Australia.

His duties include:

  • Deputy Government Whip in the Senate;
  • Chair, Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade;
  • Joint Standing Committee on Treaties;
  • Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security;
  • Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade;
  • Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs;
  • Senate Standing Committee on Appropriations, Staffing and Security;
  • Senate Standing Committee for Selection of Bills;
  • He is also the Chair of the Coalition Backbench Legal Affairs Committee and is involved in policy work pertaining to aviation and rural health.

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LATEST NEWS

5.6 2017

Speedy access to lethal force

My article in today’s Australian calls for two reforms that will enable decisive and effective counter-terrorism response.

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22.5 2017

Music Centre and Early Years Classrooms Opened at Antonio Catholic School

Senator David Fawcett today officially opened the new classroom block and music centre at Antonio Catholic School in Adelaide. Students and staff at Antonio Catholic School now have full use of the new building including four general learning areas, breakout spaces, a music centre, new decks and a covered outdoor learning area. The Turnbull Government provided $948,273 in funding from the Capital Grants Program.

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18.5 2017

Helping Parents Prepare for Work in Makin

Disadvantaged parents of young children in the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Makin will soon have access to the training and support they need to become work ready, thanks to the Turnbull Government’s decision to expand the successful ParentsNext program.

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16.5 2017

Naval Shipbuilding Plan Released

The Turnbull Government today released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan, which will see the greatest regeneration of our naval capabilities since the Second World War. Australia’s naval shipbuilding enterprise will need a highly capable, productive and skilled naval shipbuilding and sustainment workforce. The vision of the Turnbull Government is to maximise Australian industry involvement in the naval shipbuilding enterprise. Our Naval Shipbuilding Plan outlines how this will be delivered in Australian shipyards with Australian workers, using Australian resources.

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11.5 2017

2017 Budget handed down

Treasurer Scott Morrison handed down the 2017-18 Federal Budget on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.

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24.4 2017

Media Release: Makin school to boost digital literacy skills

North Ingle School in the Commonwealth Electoral Division of Makin is set to receive additional funding to support a recent upgrade of its digital network infrastructure, as part of a nation-wide digital literacy program run by the Turnbull Government.

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24.3 2017

Media Release: Maritime Technical College unlocks career opportunities for South Australians

Today the Turnbull Government announced the Maritime Technical College, opening up career opportunities for South Australians in our future naval shipbuilding and sustainment enterprise.

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20.2 2017

Joint Media Statement: Safety first as Main North Road upgrade opens

The Australian Government has fixed a notorious road black spot at Blakeview in South Australia, funding a $1.36 million upgrade through its Black Spot Programme.

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16.2 2017

It’s agreed: legislating for same-sex Marriage would be neither quick nor simple if human rights are to be respected

Yesterday I tabled the report of the Senate Select Committee that had been examining the impact on religious freedoms should a Parliament ever decide to legislate to change the definition of marriage.

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8.2 2017

$2.43 million funding boost for South Australian research project

Australian Government funding will benefit South Australian innovation, by helping local industry and research institutions work collaboratively to develop a technological solution for the industrialisation of a novel diagnostic biosensor for bladder cancer.

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LATEST OP-ED

Lower threshold for use of lethal force in terrorist situations

The Australian • Monday, 5 June 2017

Tragic scenes observed around the world in recent weeks — from London to Manchester to Minya, Baghdad, Jakarta and Kabul — are a sharp reminder of the continuing global threat of Islamist terrorism.

These acts of terror are unlike most criminal violence. Because martyrdom is a tenet of the ­underlying ideology, the death of the perpetrator(s) — and at least some of the targeted victims — seems all but inevitable. Given these circumstances, two key areas for ­reform emerge: the use of lethal force and the criteria for ­deployment of the Defence Ministry’s counter-terrorism tactical ­assault groups.

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COMMITTEES & REPORTS

Committees are a key part of how the Parliament obtains and reviews information on a vast range of topics.

Senate committees are particularly important in holding the government and public service to account through public inquiries on policy questions.

David is a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade.

In addition, David is member of a number of Senate Standing Committees and Joint Standing Committees.

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