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;
  • 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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28.6 2016

Coalition to Create Rural Health Champion and Pathway for Rural Medical Professinals

A re-elected Turnbull Government will develop a National Rural Generalist Pathway to address rural health's biggest issue - lack of medical professionals in rural, regional and remote areas.

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28.6 2016

Learning for Life

A re-elected Turnbull Government will deliver an additional $48 million to help an extra 24,000 of Australia’s highly disadvantaged children with their education through The Smith Family’s Learning for Life programme.

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28.6 2016

Regional Student Access to Education

Senator Fawcett today welcomed the announcement of a new package of measures that a re-elected Coalition Government would introduce to assist regional students into university.

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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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Long-term benefits from submarine development

- Senator David Fawcett

The federal government signed contracts last week with DCNS for the design of the future submarine, and with Lockheed Martin for the combat system integration.

Detailed planning for the infrastructure required to construct the submarines in Adelaide has also begun. Surprisingly, the critics of an Australian-built submarine are remarkably quiet.

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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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