About David


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 in 2010, 2016 and again in 2019.

In the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn as the Assistant Minister for Defence.

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Fulfilling employment is often the critical path for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.

Employers, whether a small, medium or large sized business, who provide exceptional support for employment of Australia’s veteran community deserve recognition.

The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards give us the opportunity to highlight these businesses, individuals, and veterans who are excelling in their employment.

For more information and to nominate, visit www.veteransemployment.gov.au/prime-ministers-veterans-employment-awards/nominate
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Fulfilling employment is often the critical path for veterans transitioning back into civilian life.Employers, whether a small, medium or large sized business, who provide exceptional support for employment of Australia’s veteran community deserve recognition.The Prime Minister’s Veterans’ Employment Awards give us the opportunity to highlight these businesses, individuals, and veterans who are excelling in their employment.For more information and to nominate, visit https://www.veteransemployment.gov.au/prime-ministers-veterans-employment-awards/nominate

Last week, the Federal Liberal Government passed a Bill into law which delivers on our commitment to tackle the problem of activists who illegally enter farms.

Under the Criminal Code (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019, activists who publish material via a carriage service encouraging others to trespass or damage property will be subject to heavier fines, and face up to 5 years’ imprisonment.

This protects Australian farming families and agricultural businesses from intimidation and harassment, serious commercial damage and other intrusions which inhibit their ability to maintain a livelihood.

Groups which incite vigilante behaviour inviting their supporters to steal livestock from hardworking farmers are now liable for up to $2.1 million for breaches of privacy. For more information on the Bill, visit bit.ly/2lWJjKl
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Last week, the Federal Liberal Government passed a Bill into law which delivers on our commitment to tackle the problem of activists who illegally enter farms.Under the Criminal Code (Agricultural Protection) Bill 2019, activists who publish material via a carriage service encouraging others to trespass or damage property will be subject to heavier fines, and face up to 5 years’ imprisonment.This protects Australian farming families and agricultural businesses from intimidation and harassment, serious commercial damage and other intrusions which inhibit their ability to maintain a livelihood.Groups which incite vigilante behaviour inviting their supporters to steal livestock from hardworking farmers are now liable for up to $2.1 million for breaches of privacy. For more information on the Bill, visit https://bit.ly/2lWJjKl

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Be bloody careful that these type of laws don't turn around and bite innocent people on the bum in the future. Many dictatorial states have used similar legislation to control so called undesirable elements. If you legislate against one group of activists you disagree with then usually the next group, and the next group, and the next, next.... Follow.

What about mining and fracking companies??

About time.

Australia’s third Air Warfare Destroyer AWD, the Sydney, built at the Obsorne Naval Shipyard has commenced its first phase of sea trials.

This major milestone in the vessel's life will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.

Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people from across Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia Australia have dedicated millions of hours on this project – underpinned by over 2,700 suppliers nationally who have contributed.

ASC is now building the first two Offshore Patrol Vessels at Osborne. The $535m facility for the construction of the Hunter Class Frigate is on track for completion at Osborne and the work has commenced on the build site there for the Attack Class submarine.

Our Government is getting on with the job of delivering improved defence capability while developing a sovereign defence industry that provides jobs and investment for generations to come.
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Australia’s third Air Warfare Destroyer AWD, the Sydney, built at the Obsorne Naval Shipyard has commenced its first phase of sea trials.This major milestone in the vessels life will test the ship’s hull, propulsion and navigation systems.Over the past decade, more than 5,000 people from across Defence, ASC, Raytheon Australia and Navantia Australia have dedicated millions of hours on this project – underpinned by over 2,700 suppliers nationally who have contributed.ASC is now building the first two Offshore Patrol Vessels at Osborne.  The $535m facility for the construction of the Hunter Class Frigate is on track for completion at Osborne and the work has commenced on the build site there for the Attack Class submarine.Our Government is getting on with the job of delivering improved defence capability while developing a sovereign defence industry that provides jobs and investment for generations to come.

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Keep ships and submarines in Adelaide.🇦🇺🇦🇺..HMAS Adelaide Association (President) & /Navy League of Australia - South Australia Division (President). Our Osborne Naval Shipyard employees need

1 week ago

Senator David Fawcett

Foreign Minister Marise Payne is leading Australian Government efforts to secure the release of three Australian citizens currently detained in Iran.

I asked Minister Payne to update the Senate on these cases and note that Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade advises Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Iran.

For more information, visit smartraveller.gov.au.
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Going to tender all the assistance possible but did nothing for Assange. Why has antennae Assange been ignored.

1 week ago

Senator David Fawcett

A Free Trade Agreement with the European Union has the potential to open up a market of 500 million people and a GDP of $25.1 trillion to Australians working in manufacturing, services and primary production. An FTA with the EU would help underpin the Government’s commitment to ensuring open trade, a key part of the plan to keep our economy strong. It will advance our election commitment to ensure that around 90% of Australia’s trade is covered by FTAs by 2022.

I asked the Trade Minister to outline the status of our negotiations with the EU, particularly to explain the process around geographical indicators.

Tomorrow from 10-11:30am, there is an information session in Adelaide on Geographical Indications and what this could mean for your organisation or business. To register your attendance, email a-eufta-gisubmissions@dfat.gov.au, and finer details of the event will be provided.
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And just like the UK more jobs will be lost.

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