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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More companies are setting up in Adelaide in response to the Government’s reinvestment in our Defence force and our Defence Industry Policy. Good to join Christopher Pyne (Minister for Defence Industry), Sarah Kenny (Global CEO of BMT) and Peter Behrendt (Australian MD) at the launch of BMT’s South Australian office.

BMT have special expertise in ship building and are part of the European Space Agency development team.
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More companies are setting up in Adelaide in response to the Government’s reinvestment in our Defence force and our Defence Industry Policy. Good to join Christopher Pyne (Minister for Defence Industry), Sarah Kenny (Global CEO of BMT) and Peter Behrendt (Australian MD) at the launch of BMT’s South Australian office.BMT have special expertise in ship building and are part of the European Space Agency development team.

I was pleased to join with the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy and Mrs Judy Shalders, the ships’ sponsor, at the launch of the 3rd and final AWD at Osborne Shipyards this morning. HMAS Sydney, the 5th ship to bear the name, is part of a long history and showcases the great achievement of our Australian ship builders. The Hobart class of Air Warfare Destroyers was built in Australia, by Australians, to suit Australia’s strategic needs and will serve our nation well into the future. ... See MoreSee Less

I was pleased to join with the Chief of the Royal Australian Navy and Mrs Judy Shalders, the ships’ sponsor, at the launch of the 3rd and final AWD at Osborne Shipyards this morning. HMAS Sydney, the 5th ship to bear the name, is part of a long history and showcases the great achievement of our Australian ship builders. The Hobart class of Air Warfare Destroyers was built in Australia, by Australians, to suit Australia’s strategic needs and will serve our nation well into the future.

With the launch of Australia’s Space Agency, we have the opportunity to capture a larger share of one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. Australia could triple the size of our current workforce in the domestic space industry to up to 30,000 highly skilled jobs in an industry worth $12 billion by 2030.

The inaugural head of the Agency, Dr Megan Clark AC will be meeting with state and territory governments to identify the opportunities to harness strengths and investment around the nation to create globally significant space industry and research in Australia.

I was pleased to meet with Minister Michaelia Cash and Premier Steven Marshall this morning to discuss the opportunities for South Australian industry to play a role in Australia’s first national Space Agency.
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With the launch of Australia’s Space Agency, we have the opportunity to capture a larger share of one of the world’s fastest growing sectors. Australia could triple the size of our current workforce in the domestic space industry to up to 30,000 highly skilled jobs in an industry worth $12 billion by 2030.
The inaugural head of the Agency, Dr Megan Clark AC will be meeting with state and territory governments to identify the opportunities to harness strengths and investment around the nation to create globally significant space industry and research in Australia.
I was pleased to meet with Minister Michaelia Cash and Premier Steven Marshall this morning to discuss the opportunities for South Australian industry to play a role in Australia’s first national Space Agency.

 

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SOUTH AUSTRALIA IS THE HOME OF THE AUSTRALIAN SPACE INDUSTRY.

We're not the only ones going for it though, NSW is hot on it to. Hopefully we get it.

Are you going to send 457s into space aswell

Well done

Yes! Bring it on!

Justin Hill

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Senator David Fawcett

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the battles of Fire Support Base Coral and Balmoral in the Vietnam War. I was honoured to attend the memorial service in Adelaide with Mr Mal Thiele, President of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of South Australia.

The Governor General has issued a unit citation for gallantry which finally recognises the gallantry of all those who served in these battles, especially the 26 Australian soldiers who were killed in action. Lest we forget.
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Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the battles of Fire Support Base Coral and Balmoral in the Vietnam War. I was honoured to attend the memorial service in Adelaide with Mr Mal Thiele, President of the Vietnam Veterans Federation of South Australia.The Governor General has issued a unit citation for gallantry which finally recognises the gallantry of all those who served in these battles, especially the 26 Australian soldiers who were killed in action. Lest we forget.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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There are brave souls on both sides and their lessons should always be remembered. Many thanks for posting.

(Tethered Goats) LEST WE FORGET.

This year’s Budget will keep Australians safe, with new investments to secure our borders and develop the capability needed to protect Australia and to secure our interests in the coming decades. ... See MoreSee Less

This year’s Budget will keep Australians safe, with new investments to secure our borders and develop the capability needed to protect Australia and to secure our interests in the coming decades.

 

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Image Credit: Defence. Read more about the Government's investments here: www.senatorfawcett.com.au/2018/05/1070/

Australia has been involved in live exports since the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788, but it is only in the last few years that the determined efforts of concerned groups and the prying eyes of the media have brought the cruelty involved in live exports to the public’s attention.In 2011, Animals Australia and ABC’s Four Corners program aired footage showing Australian cattle being slaughtered inhumanely at 11 abattoirs in Indonesia. In 2012, another investigation by Animals Australia revealed the brutal slaughter of 22,000 sheep in Pakistan after the consignment was rejected due to fears of disease. In 2013, Animals Australia and ABC’s 7.30 program aired footage of extreme cruelty to Australian cattle in an Egyptian abattoir. In 2014, Stop Live Exports made headlines when they organised a human chain of over 900 people across the Stirling Bridge in Freemantle - chosen because of the tens of millions of animals that have been trucked across it to be exported to over 40 countries. In 2017, an RSPCA petition against future trade was tabled in Parliament with over 21,000 signatures calling to prohibit the live export of all equines for the purposes of slaughter. In 2018, Animals Australia and 60 Minutes aired secret video footage taken on a ship carrying live sheep to the Middle East, which revealed shocking conditions and numerous breaches of animal cruelty laws. So what’s being done about it? The short answer is not enough. While the New Zealand government was able to stop live exports from their own country by introducing prohibitive legislation, our live export sheep trade is worth $250 million a year, so don’t hold your breath for similar tough action here in Australia.The irony is that the economic benefits of live exports don’t justify the industry’s existence. Research conducted by World Animal Protection found that a sheep that is processed domestically is worth 20% more to the Australian economy than one exported live overseas.Then there is the environmental impact of the live export industry, which is one of the top 40 carbon emitters in Australia. Stopping this trade would equate to the removal of around 320,000 cars from our roads.Prime Minister, your attitude is deplorable and is angering the voting public of Australia more than you seem to realize or maybe even care. The attitude of your Government, the admirable Sussan Ley MP aside, will bring you down.

Hi Senator David Fawcett, in regards to the Shipbuilding industry, especially in SA, we have hundreds of workers including skilled shipbuilders, forced into redundancy and will be unemployed within the next 3 weeks here in Adelaide. With NO OPV details sorted and signed and obviously not starting in the near future, and NO prime announcement of an Adelaide/Australian built Frigate program, this industry could very well lose an entire trained and experienced shipbuilding workforce. Pretty disappointing when we look at the criticism we received and how far we have come. Who would be the appropriate Liberal member to speak to regarding jobs for the men and women now let down by the constant political blame game? Defence Minister Christopher Pyne refuses to meet with the shipbuilders since we were told of 223 job losses last month which contradicts his public statements from October last year that he had ended the Valley of Death and had given us an early Christmas present in December....

Needs more south australian jobs involved...!!

National Security as far as im concerned means , the security of the people in it !!! Banks , multi nationals and religious institutions are not contributing to this island , therefore making this cirque de solei island extremely unsecure !!!!

Nice job Rob Raso

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