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 and again in 2016.

In 2018 David took on the role of Assistant Minister for Defence, supporting the Minister for Defence in delivering Australian Defence Capability.

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Parliament House is currently host to a display of some 30,000 handcrafted poppies in a series of 48 large panels above the Marble Entrance Hall. It is a powerful reminder of the more than 60,000 Australians who paid the ultimate price for freedom during WW1. ... See MoreSee Less

Parliament House is currently host to a display of some 30,000 handcrafted poppies in a series of 48 large panels above the Marble Entrance Hall. It is a powerful reminder of the more than 60,000 Australians who paid the ultimate price for freedom during WW1.

 

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Beautiful memorial

Greater love hath no man than one who lays his life down for his friends.

A sombre occasion in Rockhampton this morning to remember the signing of Armistice 100 years ago today.

I was pleased to be able to join the Mayor of Rockhampton, Margaret Strelow, in laying a wreath at the John Leak VC Memorial.

Lest we forget.
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A sombre occasion in Rockhampton this morning to remember the signing of Armistice 100 years ago today.I was pleased to be able to join the Mayor of Rockhampton, Margaret Strelow, in laying a wreath at the John Leak VC Memorial.Lest we forget.

Having spent the formative years of my career as an Army Aviator, in Oakey, it was good to celebrate with Australian and Singaporean defence personnel at an event marking 20 years of Singapore Air Force training at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey.

I look forward to many more years of Australia-Singapore defence cooperation.
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Having spent the formative years of my career as an Army Aviator, in Oakey, it was good to celebrate with Australian and Singaporean defence personnel at an event marking 20 years of Singapore Air Force training at the Australian Army Aviation Training Centre, Oakey.I look forward to many more years of Australia-Singapore defence cooperation.

This morning I welcomed Singaporean Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How to Australia. His visit reinforces the strong partnership our two nations have.

We discussed the challenges of our regional security and ways in which Australia and Singapore can further enhance cooperation in mutual benefit of our two nations.
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This morning I welcomed Singaporean Senior Minister of State for Defence Heng Chee How to Australia. His visit reinforces the strong partnership our two nations have.We discussed the challenges of our regional security and ways in which Australia and Singapore can further enhance cooperation in mutual benefit of our two nations.

Last night I spoke at the Annual Defence Teaming Centre Awards Night, an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the innovative work of South Australia’s Defence industry.

Their work gives a capability edge to our Defence Force and keep the men and women who serve safer.

Congratulations to Supershock, Airspeed and Redarc Electronics for taking out this years awards.

If you would like to read my speech, it can be found here: www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/david-fawcett/transcripts/dtc-award-night-speech
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Last night I spoke at the Annual Defence Teaming Centre Awards Night, an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the innovative work of South Australia’s Defence industry.Their work gives a capability edge to our Defence Force and keep the men and women who serve safer.Congratulations to Supershock, Airspeed and Redarc Electronics for taking out this years awards.If you would like to read my speech, it can be found here: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/david-fawcett/transcripts/dtc-award-night-speech
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