Future Submarine program a huge boost for South Australia

David Fawcett, Senator for South Australia today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to build Australia’s 12 Future Submarines in South Australia, securing thousands of jobs and billions in investment for the State.
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Industry as a FIC

THE First Principles Review and the Defence Industry Policy Statement (DIPS) make it clear that the Government wants to redefine the relationship between Defence and Industry.
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Australia's plural democracy demands respect in the marriage debate

All Australians must be free to confidently and courteously present their points of view. Attempts to shut down debate by labelling supporters of traditional marriage as homophobic or bigots is undemocratic and should be shunned.
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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 of the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services;
  • Chair of the Defence sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade;
  • The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security’ the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties’ and the Senate Standing Committees for Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade.
  • He is also the Chair of the Government Backbench Policy Committee for Legal Affairs and is involved in policy work pertaining to aviation and rural health.

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2.5 2016

Quality reforms to get Kingston students ahead

The Turnbull Government has committed to the most significant package of education quality reforms in a generation to drive excellence in Australia’s school students as part of its $73.6 billion student achievement plan.

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26.4 2016

Future Submarine Program a huge boost for South Australia

David Fawcett, Senator for South Australia today welcomed the Turnbull Government’s decision to build Australia’s 12 Future Submarines in South Australia, securing thousands of jobs and billions in investment for the State.

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18.4 2016

Senator Fawcett welcomes Shipbuilding decision

Today the Prime Minister announced the outcomes of the evaluation process for the Pacific Patrol Boats, Offshore Patrol Vessels and Future Frigates.

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11.4 2016

Coalition Government will abolish Road Safety Remuneration System if re-elected

Senator David Fawcett said the Coalition has today committed to abolishing the Road Safety Remuneration System (RSRS) if it is returned to Government at the next election.

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6.4 2016

New export loan for Kingston small businesses

Kingston small and medium enterprises looking to export will find it easier to access finance thanks to the Small Business Export Loan.

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5.4 2016

Cheaper medicines for Kingston

Senator for South Australia has welcomed news of cheaper medicines available for residents across Kingston, treating a range of ailments from cholesterol to high blood pressure.

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5.4 2016

Tariff cuts create more export opportunities for Kingston

The opportunities for Kingston businesses to export are continuing to grow, with a third round of tariff cuts under the Japan-Australia Economic Partnership Agreement (JAEPA)

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31.3 2016

Celebrating Resilience - 2016 Resilient Australia Awards open

David Fawcett, Senator for South Australia, today welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement that applications are now open for the 2016 Resilient Australia Awards.

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29.3 2016

Empowering Kingston businesses to grow

Kingston businesses looking to export are the big winners from a new Coalition Government initiative to give them quick and easy access to trade information.

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21.3 2016

Turnbull Government embraces jobs of the future

The Australian Government is preparing the community to manage and take advantage of future changes to the economy and workforce. Senator for South Asutralia, David Fawcett, says that the future of work is not something to fear.

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Ending the deadly stop-start in our defence industries

- Senator David Fawcett

The Peever First Principles Review and RAND shipbuilding report released in recent weeks have the potential to radically simplify the structure of the Defence Department and improve the efficiency of the way it spends tax-payer dollars. Lifting the capital productivity of Defence is vital if Australia is to maintain an affordable and sustainable Defence capability. 

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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 Chair of both the Parliament Joint Committee on Corporations and Financial Services and of the Defence Sub-Committee within the joint 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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100 King William Street

Adelaide SA 5000

Phone : (08) 8205 1040

Fax: (08) 8205 1045

Email: senator.fawcett@aph.gov.au

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