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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Some things should be above politics

Read my latest op-ed on securing the future for generations of Australians against budgetary and political headwinds
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Counter-terrorism reform needed

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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 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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22.11 2017

Op-ed: Some things should be above politics

13.11 2017

Future bright for Strathalbyn footy club

Media Release from Senator David Fawcett

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13.10 2017

NXT & Labor should support Australia's Naval Shipbuilding Enterprise

Media Release from Senator David Fawcett

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11.10 2017

Call for local students to apply for new skills scholarships

Joint Media Release with the Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham.

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27.9 2017

Backing Small Business in Adelaide

Joint Media Release with the minister for Small Business and Federal Member for Riverina, the Hon Michael McCormack MP.

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31.8 2017

Strengthening Opportunities for Local Industry

Senator Fawcett welcomes the Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne’s announcement that local industry will have more opportunities to participate in major Defence infrastructure projects

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30.8 2017

SA Aviation Museum scores a new hangar

A new hangar at South Australia’s Aviation Museum now open.

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17.7 2017

Op-ed: Speedy access to lethal force

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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Some things should be above politics

The Strategist • Tuesday, 21 June 2017

‘The goalposts weren’t just moved, they were cut down and used for firewood.’ That’s how former Defence Department secretary Dennis Richardson characterised the impact of defence budget cuts as the three-year political cycle drove the government of the day to chase a surplus after the GFC. The disruption to the planning, acquisition and sustainment activities of defence and industry hollowed out many capabilities and caused significant inefficiencies in taxpayers’ investment in defence.

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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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