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.

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Great to join Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel, Premier Steven Marshall and Rachel Sanderson MP at the opening of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

Events such as this resulted in Adelaide becoming the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia in 2015. These events consistently attract world leading performers, encourage local artists and students through facilitated workshops, as well as run community programs such as aged-care visits.
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Great to join Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel, Premier Steven Marshall and Rachel Sanderson MP at the opening of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.Events such as this resulted in Adelaide becoming the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia in 2015. These events consistently attract world leading performers, encourage local artists and students through facilitated workshops, as well as run community programs such as aged-care visits.

 

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Keep up the great work.

I hope you took your guitar, David!

Well done, original member of Johnny and the Geriatrics. ( who???)

A tough assignment!! Hope you enjoyed the music !

It was pleasing to have a constructive meeting with Federal Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie, State Health Minister Stephen Wade, National Rural Health Commissioner Prof Paul Worley and Dr Hendrika Meyer from SA Health to map out a path to a collaborative solution to the rural health workforce challenges here in South Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

It was pleasing to have a constructive meeting with Federal Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie, State Health Minister Stephen Wade, National Rural Health Commissioner Prof Paul Worley and Dr Hendrika Meyer from SA Health to map out a path to a collaborative solution to the rural health workforce challenges here in South Australia.

 

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Much needed action in small towns David.

Did you tell him how great the film was?!!!

Joining with members of the Australian Defence Force to honour 34000 US servicemen who lost their lives during conflicts in the Pacific region.

Many gave their lives to keep Australia free. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was established after WW2 and is situated in a volcanic crater (the Punchbowl crater) overlooking the city.
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Joining with members of the Australian Defence Force to honour 34000 US servicemen who lost their lives during conflicts in the Pacific region.Many gave their lives to keep Australia free. The National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific was established after WW2 and is situated in a volcanic crater (the Punchbowl crater) overlooking the city.

 

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David O'Reilly The respect for the fallen goes both ways across the Pacific.

Submariners from HMAS Rankin have yet again demonstrated the lethality of Australia’s Collins Class submarine during the RIMPAC exercise and while conducting other collaborative training with the USN. The investment in the logistics and engineering support system for the Collins class has seen a dramatic improvement in serviceability such that these submarines now meet or exceed international benchmarks. ... See MoreSee Less

Submariners from HMAS Rankin have yet again demonstrated the lethality of Australia’s Collins Class submarine during the RIMPAC exercise and while conducting other collaborative training with the USN. The investment in the logistics and engineering support system for the Collins class has seen a dramatic improvement in serviceability such that these submarines now meet or exceed international benchmarks.

 

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You are sooooo in your element there. The Collins class is a great example of what this country can produce. As a P3 TACCO I can attest to their capability.

Our company once made parts for them and painted them that awefull grey/green Hessel Baartse

Good job Reuben Swinkels

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