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 and the Minister for Defence Industry in delivering Australian Defence Capability.

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Our Government has acted swiftly to protect families and employees.

In response to the criminal and senseless sabotage of food that we give to our children and the livelihoods of thousands of Australians engaged in the berry industry, the Government today passed laws to make it an offence to contaminate (or claim to have contaminated) food being reckless to the consequences on public alarm, health or economic loss.

People who contaminate food with the intent of causing harm, alarm or loss can be jailed for up to 15 years. Where such conduct is reckless as to the consequences (as opposed to intentional) penalties can include up to 10 years jail.

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Our Government has acted swiftly to protect families and employees.In response to the criminal and senseless sabotage of food that we give to our children and the livelihoods of thousands of Australians engaged in the berry industry, the Government today passed laws to make it an offence to contaminate (or claim to have contaminated) food being reckless to the consequences on public alarm, health or economic loss.People who contaminate food with the intent of causing harm, alarm or loss can be jailed for up to 15 years. Where such conduct is reckless as to the consequences (as opposed to intentional) penalties can include up to 10 years jail.https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/keep-buying-our-berries-beg-growers-as-fruit-crisis-threatens100m-crops/news-story/1c1ad55a6142149e7cc1cdb9cfce3631Image attachment

 

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Well done....quite impressed that all parties can get together for our country. Also very impressed with the action man, Scott Morrison. Keep it up all of you and keep united. PLEASE!!

Keep up the good work .👍👍👍

Good job PM

Well done

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Work is commencing on a key Budget initiative, with the Australian Academy of Science beginning to develop a 10-year plan on behalf of the Australian Government to increase the engagement and participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Initiatives such as this have the potential to directly assist our naval shipbuilding industry here in SA and provide a new generation of young Australians with exciting and rewarding careers for decades to come. For further information visit: aas.eventsair.com/women-in-stem/ ... See MoreSee Less

Work is commencing on a key Budget initiative, with the Australian Academy of Science beginning to develop a 10-year plan on behalf of the Australian Government to increase the engagement and participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Initiatives such as this have the potential to directly assist our naval shipbuilding industry here in SA and provide a new generation of young Australians with exciting and rewarding careers for decades to come. For further information visit: https://aas.eventsair.com/women-in-stem/

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the National Rural Health Alliance. Good to join Dr Stephen Gourley (Director of Emergency Medicine at the Alice Springs Hospital) in Canberra to discuss priorities for health services in regional and remote Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the National Rural Health Alliance. Good to join Dr Stephen Gourley (Director of Emergency Medicine at the Alice Springs Hospital) in Canberra to discuss priorities for health services in regional and remote Australia.

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Senator David Fawcett

Together the Morrison and Marshall government’s are delivering for SA with a $203m partnership that will develop trade training and employment opportunities for 20,000 South Australians over the next 4 years. This continues on policies that have led to the greatest number of jobs created in a single year ever (412,000 in 2017) with majority of these full-time and the lowest number of working age Australians on welfare in 25 years.

Steven Marshall
The Skilling South Australia Initiative has been launched.

A $203 million investment that will create more than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years.

We want to ensure South Australians have the skills and are job-ready for key growth industries such as defence.

Under the previous Labor government, we saw a rapid decline in the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia and we are committed to turning that around.
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Today marks the start of Land Forces 2018 and it was my pleasure as Assistant Minister for Defence to give the opening address at the breakfast launch.

In a time of growing uncertainty in our region, the purpose of conferences like Land Forces is to provide opportunities for engagement to build partnerships and collaboration between Defence, Industry and Government. These interactions and people to people relationships are key to our ongoing security and prosperity, and the stability of our region.
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Today marks the start of Land Forces 2018 and it was my pleasure as Assistant Minister for Defence to give the opening address at the breakfast launch.In a time of growing uncertainty in our region, the purpose of conferences like Land Forces is to provide opportunities for engagement to build partnerships and collaboration between Defence, Industry and Government. These interactions and people to people relationships are key to our ongoing security and prosperity, and the stability of our region.

 

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Great to see.

The security interests shared by both Australia and Germany have seen our two nations serving together in Afghanistan as well as collaborating on enhanced defence capability. Discussions today with Mr Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence from Germany highlighted the extent of our shared interests in a stable, secure and rules-based world order. Building the Lürssen offshore patrol vessels (starting at Techport South Australia in November this year) and the construction of Army’s armoured Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles by Rheinmetall Australia in Queensland are examples of the Coalition’s Defence policy harnessing partnerships to invest in both military capability and our sovereign defence industry. ... See MoreSee Less

The security interests shared by both Australia and Germany have seen our two nations serving together in Afghanistan as well as collaborating on enhanced defence capability. Discussions today with Mr Thomas Silberhorn, the Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Defence from Germany highlighted the extent of our shared interests in a stable, secure and rules-based world order.  Building the Lürssen offshore patrol vessels (starting at Techport South Australia in November this year) and the construction of Army’s armoured Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles by Rheinmetall Australia in Queensland are examples of the Coalition’s Defence policy harnessing partnerships to invest in both military capability and our sovereign defence industry.

 

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Well done Assistant Minister

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