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 the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn is as the Assistant Minister for Defence and served in this role until the 2019 federal election.

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Little did I know that accepting an invitation to speak at the Mt Barker RSL annual luncheon on Sunday would lead to an impromptu reunion for my old unit ARDU (the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit).

Lindsay Campbell (President of the Mt Barker RSL) served in ARDU as the Operations Officer when I was the Commanding Officer at RAAF Edinburgh while June Perry served at ARDU as her first WRAAF posting at Laverton Vic in 1957.

Our service may have been decades apart but it shared the understanding that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Lest we forget.
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Little did I know that accepting an invitation to speak at the Mt Barker RSL annual luncheon on Sunday would lead to an impromptu reunion for my old unit ARDU (the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit).Lindsay Campbell (President of the Mt Barker RSL) served in ARDU as the Operations Officer when I was the Commanding Officer at RAAF Edinburgh while June Perry served at ARDU as her first WRAAF posting at Laverton Vic in 1957.Our service may have been decades apart but it shared the understanding that the price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Lest we forget.

3 days ago

Senator David Fawcett

Yesterday morning, I joined staff and students at Calvary Lutheran College in Morphett Vale to open their refurbished learning areas. The upgrade was funded through a combination of a $630,000 block grant from the Federal Government and funding from Lutheran Education.

Whether a school is run by the SA Government or is independent, the Federal Liberal Government has increased funding for education every year since coming to office in 2013. In the 2019/20 budget our Government allocated a record $1.4 billion in funding towards South Australian schools which will ensure teachers have the support they need to prepare students for their future.

I first met Principal Angela Branford in my former role as the Member for Wakefield - 15 years ago when she was Principal of the Vineyard Lutheran School in Clare. Angela continues to demonstrate the same passion and enthusiasm for her role in educating young South Australians.
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Yesterday morning, I joined staff and students at Calvary Lutheran College in Morphett Vale to open their refurbished learning areas. The upgrade was funded through a combination of a $630,000 block grant from the Federal Government and funding from Lutheran Education.Whether a school is run by the SA Government or is independent, the Federal Liberal Government has increased funding for education every year since coming to office in 2013. In the 2019/20 budget our Government allocated a record $1.4 billion in funding towards South Australian schools which will ensure teachers have the support they need to prepare students for their future.I first met Principal Angela Branford in my former role as the Member for Wakefield - 15 years ago when she was Principal of the Vineyard Lutheran School in Clare. Angela continues to demonstrate the same passion and enthusiasm for her role in educating young South Australians.Image attachmentImage attachment

This morning, the AEC​ declared the SA Senate results. I am pleased that Senator-elect Alex Antic - SA Liberal for Senate​ will join Senator Anne Ruston​ and me as Senators for South Australia, in the new Senate term from July 1st.

The Liberal Party’s strong performance in the most recent federal election has been attributed in large part to the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo)​ and his unyielding commitment to a set of values which resonate with our community.

The pursuit of lower taxes, responsible economic management and guaranteed investment in essential services are all built on the foundational principles expressed in ‘Our Beliefs’: www.liberal.org.au/our-beliefs

Senate vote statistics available here: www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2019/results/senate
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This morning, the AEC​ declared the SA Senate results. I am pleased that Senator-elect Alex Antic - SA Liberal for Senate​ will join Senator Anne Ruston​ and me as Senators for South Australia, in the new Senate term from July 1st.The Liberal Party’s strong performance in the most recent federal election has been attributed in large part to the leadership of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo)​ and his unyielding commitment to a set of values which resonate with our community.The pursuit of lower taxes, responsible economic management and guaranteed investment in essential services are all built on the foundational principles expressed in ‘Our Beliefs’: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-beliefsSenate vote statistics available here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/elections/federal/2019/results/senate

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Congratulations Senator David Fawcett. Great things ahead for all.

Congratulations to all of you. So important to have you represent our state and country. Well done!

Congratulations Senator Fawcett

Congratulations Senator David! Great news!

Took a while David, congratulations. Cheers.

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Well done David

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1 week ago

Senator David Fawcett

This weekend, in Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral, Australia marked the centenary of one of the world’s great aviation achievements.
I joined current Army aviators who took part in a commemorative service to remember Army pilot Sir Ross Smith who led the team which made the first flight from the UK to Australia. Ross, his brother Keith (also a pilot) along with mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers made the historic flight in a modified Vickers Vimy bi-plane which is on display at Adelaide Airport.
Their story is one of tenacity, innovation and courage of which all Australians can be proud.
For more information on Smith's flight, visit
epicflightcentenary.com.au/ross-smith-and-the-vimy-crew/
epicflightcentenary.com.au/articles/
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This weekend, in Adelaide’s St Peter’s Cathedral, Australia marked the centenary of one of the world’s great aviation achievements.
I joined current Army aviators who took part in a commemorative service to remember Army pilot Sir Ross Smith who led the team which made the first flight from the UK to Australia. Ross, his brother Keith (also a pilot) along with mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers made the historic flight in a modified Vickers Vimy bi-plane which is on display at Adelaide Airport.
Their story is one of tenacity, innovation and courage of which all Australians can be proud.
For more information on Smiths flight, visit
https://epicflightcentenary.com.au/ross-smith-and-the-vimy-crew/
https://epicflightcentenary.com.au/articles/

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On ya Patrick! And Sir Ross...

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