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 the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn is as the Assistant Minister for Defence and served in this role until the 2019 federal election.

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“That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

Today marks 50 years since those historic words were spoken as Neil Armstrong completed the monumental feat of being the first person to step foot on the moon.

Australia played a vital role in the communications, between NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Houston Headquarters and the Apollo 11 space shuttle, through our Parkes radio telescope observatory.

50 years on, our Australian Space Agency headquarters and mission control is now located in Adelaide through a $26 million Federal Liberal Government investment, with the goal to triple our domestic space industry to $12 billion annually and create up to 20,000 new jobs in the sector by 2030.

For more information about the Australian Space Agency, visit www.industry.gov.au/strategies-for-the-future/australian-space-agency
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“Thats one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”Today marks 50 years since those historic words were spoken as Neil Armstrong completed the monumental feat of being the first person to step foot on the moon.Australia played a vital role in the communications, between NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Houston Headquarters and the Apollo 11 space shuttle, through our Parkes radio telescope observatory.50 years on, our Australian Space Agency headquarters and mission control is now located in Adelaide through a $26 million Federal Liberal Government investment, with the goal to triple our domestic space industry to $12 billion annually and create up to 20,000 new jobs in the sector by 2030.For more information about the Australian Space Agency, visit https://www.industry.gov.au/strategies-for-the-future/australian-space-agency

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Senator David Fawcett

Today, I welcomed Minister for Environment Sussan Ley MP to Adelaide to announce the Federal Liberal Government’s $2 million investment in the continuation of recovery work on the River Torrens.

New project work will support habitat reconstruction at Breakout Creek and build on previous federal investment of $1 million to restore other sites along the River Torrens. Matt Cowdrey - Member for Colton, Mayor Angela Evans from City Of Charles Sturt Council and Mayor Michael Coxon from City of West Torrens Council joined us, as well as representatives from SA Department for the Environment and Water, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and Trees For Life (SA).

This investment is part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to manage stormwater impacts on water quality in the gulf and support habitat for dependent species including migratory shorebirds, while providing improved natural environments the whole community can access and enjoy.
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Today, I welcomed Minister for Environment Sussan Ley MP to Adelaide to announce the Federal Liberal Government’s $2 million investment in the continuation of recovery work on the River Torrens.New project work will support habitat reconstruction at Breakout Creek and build on previous federal investment of $1 million to restore other sites along the River Torrens. Matt Cowdrey - Member for Colton, Mayor Angela Evans from City Of Charles Sturt Council and Mayor Michael Coxon from City of West Torrens Council joined us, as well as representatives from SA Department for the Environment and Water, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board and Trees For Life (SA).This investment is part of our Government’s ongoing commitment to manage stormwater impacts on water quality in the gulf and support habitat for dependent species including migratory shorebirds, while providing improved natural environments the whole community can access and enjoy.

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Fantastic to see the Government delivering on election commitments. This was a great announcement during the campaign and it is amazing that activity is happening so quickly. Thanks for the update Senator David Fawcett.

In the first parliamentary sitting week after May’s federal election, the Federal Liberal Government has moved swiftly to pass our proposed tax relief legislation.

This legislation which successfully passed both houses last week lets South Australians keep more of what they earn. These reforms reduce the tax burden for lower and middle income earners by up to $1080, for singles or $2,160 for dual-income couples.

The tax reduction will apply to the 2018/19 financial year.

In the Liberal Party, we believe that Australians should be able to keep more of what they earn. For more information on the Government’s tax relief and to find out how much you’ll save, visit: lbr.al/lrbd
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In the first parliamentary sitting week after May’s federal election, the Federal Liberal Government has moved swiftly to pass our proposed tax relief legislation.This legislation which successfully passed both houses last week lets South Australians keep more of what they earn. These reforms reduce the tax burden for lower and middle income earners by up to $1080, for singles or $2,160 for dual-income couples.The tax reduction will apply to the 2018/19 financial year.In the Liberal Party, we believe that Australians should be able to keep more of what they earn. For more information on the Government’s tax relief and to find out how much you’ll save, visit: http://lbr.al/lrbd
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