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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21 hours ago

Senator David Fawcett

Just four months away from saving time and saving lives, the Northern Connector is almost complete.

This $885 million project, only possible as a result of $708 million federal funding, is a major part of North-South Corridor which will connect Noarlunga to Gawler in a non-stop route, covering 78km.

The concrete freeway will have four lanes stretching across 15.5 km between South Road and Wingfield, and will be a safer, faster alternative to Port Wakefield Road.
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Hoping I will live long enough to drive this road. After all I have my 3 score + 10 and then some!! LOL!

Just watch. The same dickheads who can not drive in a straight line on the Port Expressway will still find ways to cause accidents on this road

Kate Rawlings

The sixth Exercise Hari’i Hamutuk has begun, with Australian Army engineers arriving in Timor Leste as part of the 220 strong contingent from Australia, the United States, Timor Leste and Japan.

Beginning in 2014 and practiced annually since, this multilateral exercise focusses on exchanging trade-skills - including bricklaying, carpentry, electrical work, plumbing and surveying - and supporting the growth of Timor-Leste’s defence capability.

Exercise Hari’i Hamutuk brings together engineers from the four nations to undertake construction and maintenance projects within the capital, Dili‪, until September 20‬.

This year’s excercise is particularly symbolic of the combined efforts to promote development, peace and stability in the region, as it coincides with the 20th anniversary commemorations for International Force East Timor (INTERFET).

For some of last year’s activity, see the short clip below.
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4 days ago

Senator David Fawcett

This morning, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) announced Australia will participate in an International Maritime Force providing security for merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz.

The global rules based order underpins our economic stability and national interest.

Freedom of navigation through international waters is a fundamental right of all states under international law. Ensuring our long term economic prosperity requires action when freedom of navigation is threatened.

Australia has demonstrated our commitment to the rules based order and security of global trade routes over many years. We will support this specific mission by providing a P8 maritime surveillance aircraft, a frigate and ADF personnel to serve in the HQ for planning tasks.

For more on this, visit bit.ly/30kqeRH
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