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 in delivering Australian Defence Capability.

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Are you concerned about proposed changes to franking credits - have your say!

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics is coming to Adelaide for its inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019
9.30am to 12.00pm
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
97 The Parade, Norwood

These hearings will provide an opportunity for those impacted by a change to refundable franking credits to address the committee directly with a three minute statement, and contributions and participation will be welcome.
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Are you concerned about proposed changes to franking credits - have your say!The House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics is coming to Adelaide for its inquiry into the implications of removing refundable franking credits.Tuesday, 26 February 2019
9.30am to 12.00pm
Osmond Terrace Function Centre
97 The Parade, NorwoodThese hearings will provide an opportunity for those impacted by a change to refundable franking credits to address the committee directly with a three minute statement, and contributions and participation will be welcome.

 

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No because it only hurts the wealthy

Does not affect anybody who qualifies for the Age Pension. Tax refunds for those who pay no tax, ridiculous.

Not concerned because I understand how this works and it will not affect me.

Great listening to the greedy little piggies squeal because one of the trough may be moved. Why should the poor subsidise these wealthy retirees who pay NO tax - that is ZERO tax so they can get credits. They are among the wealthiest in Australia, and whinge because one of the welfare lurks of the rich may be removed (along with negative gearing for existing houses. Australia is the ONLY nation in the world to have EITHER of these wealth charities, and we have BOTH. Remove these inequitable lurks NOW.

David how can people have their say if they are unable to attend this meeting?

If you would like some more independent info on this scheme please see the following link, it also includes links to Government info which shows the people who in the main this affects https://www.smh.com.au/money/tax/real-victims-of-labor-s-dividend-tax-policy-are-not-average-joannes-20181122-p50ho7.html

David For me one of the fundamental issues here is that the Opposition would be changing the Rules for retirees who have invested on the basis of those Rules for their career lives. That is fundamentally unfair and inequitable. Best Wishes Jeremy

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Senator David Fawcett

As Assistant Minister for Defence, today I was joined by Air Vice-Marshall Tracy Smart, Commander Joint Health Command, for the sod turning ceremony of a new comprehensive health centre at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in the ACT.

This $33.4 million contract is being managed by Kane Constructions who have committed to a local workforce of over 90% in accordance with the Local Industry Capability Plan.

This project is an exemplar of the Federal Liberal Government’s approach to investing in security. The 2016 Defence White Paper delivered (for the first time) an integrated investment program to ensure that we’re planning for and funding all of the “back of house” elements such as infrastructure, ICT and health services that are necessary to ensure the ships, planes and ground vehicles can be deployed effectively when required.

This project is part of the $212 million project to upgrade 13 priority Joint Health Command facilities that support our service personnel.

As a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, it was good to be back where my military career started in 1982, and to catch up with Tracy who I’ve known since my service at the flight test centre, RAAF Base Edinburgh SA.
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As Assistant Minister for Defence, today I was joined by Air Vice-Marshall Tracy Smart, Commander Joint Health Command, for the sod turning ceremony of a new comprehensive health centre at the Royal Military College, Duntroon in the ACT.This $33.4 million contract is being managed by Kane Constructions who have committed to a local workforce of over 90% in accordance with the Local Industry Capability Plan.This project is an exemplar of the Federal Liberal Government’s approach to investing in security. The 2016 Defence White Paper delivered (for the first time) an integrated investment program to ensure that we’re planning for and funding all of the “back of house” elements such as infrastructure, ICT and health services that are necessary to ensure the ships, planes and ground vehicles can be deployed effectively when required.This project is part of the $212 million project to upgrade 13 priority Joint Health Command facilities that support our service personnel.As a graduate of the Royal Military College Duntroon, it was good to be back where my military career started in 1982, and to catch up with Tracy who I’ve known since my service at the flight test centre, RAAF Base Edinburgh SA.Image attachmentImage attachment

I was pleased to meet with the new Philippine’s Ambassador to Australia, Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega and Col. Dennis Gammad, Philippine Defence and Armed Forces Attaché to discuss the ongoing defence cooperation between the Philippines and Australia.

The Philippines and Australia have a robust defence relationship, exemplified by Australia’s assistance in counter terrorism operations and disaster relief.
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I was pleased to meet with the new Philippine’s Ambassador to Australia, Ma. Hellen B. De La Vega and Col. Dennis Gammad, Philippine Defence and Armed Forces Attaché to discuss the ongoing defence cooperation between the Philippines and Australia.The Philippines and Australia have a robust defence relationship, exemplified by Australia’s assistance in counter terrorism operations and disaster relief.

The Australian Defence Force have supported the North Queensland community affected by the floods by delivering approximately 42,000 litres of fuel & approximately 43 tonnes fodder. Defence will continue to provide post flood support to local authorities in carcass disposal planning. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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David, do more and be quick about it. Not good enough and taking too long!!

Thank you all.

At the Osborne Naval Shipyard, construction of the first Offshore Patrol Vessel by ASC workers has begun. Next door to the Naval Shipbuilding College, work is underway on the $535m facilities for the construction of the 9 Hunter Class Frigates which will be built in Adelaide by BAEs and ASC. ... See MoreSee Less

At the Osborne Naval Shipyard, construction of the first Offshore Patrol Vessel by ASC workers has begun. Next door to the Naval Shipbuilding College, work is underway on the $535m facilities for the construction of the 9 Hunter Class Frigates which will be built in Adelaide by BAEs and ASC.

 

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And what about the sub maintenance program being moved to WA along with up to 500 jobs going 😡

This is great news for Adelaide good on you Christopher Pyne and Scott Morrison

So are they going to rehire all the workers they put off

where do the profits go? off shore

Heading into the Naval Shipbuilding College tomorrow!!

Where are the subs !!!!

Great news for SA.

not all roses there

Liae

Still not as good as an automotive industry and all the jobs that it generated.\

Anthony Paterson

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The Naval Ship Building College has accredited courses with both TAFE SA and Flinders University among others around the nation. During a visit to the Naval Shipbuilding College yesterday I was pleased to meet with two students who are departing for France to undertake internships with Thales and Naval Group to give them the skills and experience they’d need for a career at the Osborne Naval Shipyard here in SA. ... See MoreSee Less

The Naval Ship Building College has accredited courses with both TAFE SA and Flinders University among others around the nation. During a visit to the Naval Shipbuilding College yesterday I was pleased to meet with two students who are departing for France to undertake internships with Thales and Naval Group to give them the skills and experience they’d need for a career at the Osborne Naval Shipyard here in SA.

 

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Read more about the Naval Shipbuilding College here ➡https://www.navalshipbuildingcollege.com.au

Graeme Scott if they are going overseas to learn some aspects of submarine construction we do not have all the skills and expertise.

Sorry Pyne and the LNP too little too late !!

Reissue the tourist visas to the two Saudi women now in hiding in Hong Kong. How dare the Dept if Immigration cancel two previously approved tourist visas because some Saudi consulate intervenes and tries to force the women's return to Saudi Arabia. What a disgusting effort by the Aust Dept if Immigration. Remember Jamal Kisshogi? This is the kind of people these pathetic little public servants have taken their lead from. If you want MY vote in May you will reissue these bonafide tourist visas. IF they subsequently breach it, or seek asylum, then work out what to do...but fo not presumed guilt based on the internationally illegal acts of the representative of a murderous regime. Wake up Australia

But that won't stop the Federal Government from moving the Collins Class Sub refitting and maintenance program to Western Australia :( And.... I suppose Western Australia will find some way to force the Federal Government to move the major part of the Attack Class Sub project to Western Australia. So, where will that leave South Australia and the Naval Ship Building College??

Jobs are never too late good news for Adelaide

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