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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17 hours ago

Senator David Fawcett

The first five years of life is a critical time that helps shape every child’s future and is fundamental to Closing the Gap in health equality.

Connected Beginnings links health care and early childhood education; providing health checks to women, babies and children up to school age.

I was pleased to join Minister for Indigenous Health, Ken Wyatt and local members Rowan Ramsey and Peter Treloar MP at the official launch of the Ceduna program today, run by the Ceduna Koonibba Aboriginal Health Service Aboriginal Corporation.

Our delegation toured the clinic and spoke directly to staff, learning about the important work being undertaken in the community.
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1 day ago

Senator David Fawcett

It’s been a pleasure to host my Federal colleague, Ken Wyatt the Minister for Aged Care, in South Australia today. Seniors in my paired seat of Makin enjoyed a community forum at the Modbury Bowling Club, before we travelled to Ceduna to meet with a team of dedicated volunteers who support the Senior Citizens Village. I’m looking forward to another busy day tomorrow, as a guest of Rowan Ramsey, as we discuss aged care and indigenous health issues in the region. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Great to see a bit of involvement with volunteers...did you happen to have a chance to look through the Village and chat to care workers and nurses?

Brilliant work David. From your Irish supporters! We need you here!

3 days ago

Senator David Fawcett

Rural Health round table in Murray Bridge with Adrian Pederick MP. A number of doctors joined by phone from regional towns and two GPs left during the meeting to deliver babies! ... See MoreSee Less

Rural Health round table in Murray Bridge with Adrian Pederick MP. A number of doctors joined by phone from regional towns and two GPs left during the meeting to deliver babies!

3 days ago

Senator David Fawcett

Great to visit the Adelaide University Liberal Club O-Week stand this morning - several new members signed up already! Good to see a new generation of students who value freedom. ... See MoreSee Less

Great to visit the Adelaide University Liberal Club O-Week stand this morning - several new members signed up already! Good to see a new generation of students who value freedom.

The Turnbull Government is investing in the wellbeing of older Australians. Superbugs that affect people in residential aged care will be the target of two SA research projects which received $2.5 million in funding today. ... See MoreSee Less

The Turnbull Government is investing in the wellbeing of older Australians. Superbugs that affect people in residential aged care will be the target of two SA research projects which received $2.5 million in funding today.

 

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Stop allowing the age pension from falling further behind and fix the phone problem with centrelink. That issue is so bad it cannot be accidental. It is clearly a deliberate strategy that I have come to expect from coalition governments.

Think maybe under-staffing of facilities is more an issue...and in turn would affect hygiene and cleanliness practices and procedures as staff are constantly under pressure. The "bugs" affect staff too...often meaning that under-staffing issues increase, due to illness.

Improve the bloody quality and training of staff and choose people who actually care about their profession and you're on a winner . Signed - a nurse who cared deeply for 50 yrs.

MRSA and VRE? It's everywhere even in the hospitals. Good handwashing and hygiene practices should be paramount..

We should not have super bugs in our new very expensive hospital

Worked in aged care as an RN for 20 years. Do you think anyone gives a rats about getting a written report about bad hygiene by staff? Nope. Management don't care. Even when one staff member was picking her nose as she was handing out supper..

You can save alot as elderlly people will die from cold or heat as cant afford it also try and live well if paying rent on pension stop giving tax payers away as if its your own

Meanwhile they starve to death at $6 per day of food

This is positive news. Any research into how to improve health and well being outcomes for Aged Care residents is welcome. However, this can only go a small way towards better quality of life for these people. Of far greater importance is the need for the Federal Government to provide improved funding of residential Aged Care to ensure that facilities can be staffed with appropriate numbers and skill levels to provide optimum care. Probably not as newsworthy, but certainly a more pressing need!

How was the money given? Was by peer review assessment or by political decision? In any case money for research is always good as long is not taken from some other pocket of public funding. In principles Governments should not choose research projects but let researchers to evaluate and choose.

We'll wait'n see when it happens heard all this be4, promises promises promises, they're cheap anyone can make them!

Exactly how is ripping money out of healthcare and stealing money from pensioners (to pay off rich multinational companies who don’t need the money & won’t re-invest in Australia or Australian workers) looking after anyone????

Working in aged care for 9 years I'm happy to let the government know this information for free. Can those we've elected to lead please make wiser financial decisions :)

Save your (our) money. Infection control processes need to be followed. Hand washing being the most important. Adequate ratios of trained nurses needs to be the priority to help our most vulnerable people in our community.

Thank you Turdcoat that should win the election for Steven!

Stop giving medications that cause ailments in first place

So is this admitting that the Liberal Federal Gov, would only do this for South Australia if Libs get in? I thought that the Federal Gov should be there for all Australians and not only for Liberal supporters..

Great news But also Doctors in the Community should reduce Antibiotic uses to clients. We need research to progress

Positive news ! But unfortunately in SA the health system is in such disarray I’m not sure that there are enough qualified people to carry out this research. .

Lexapro class action..... Lipitor class action. Prenisalone class action methotrexate class actionthese are just some. OUR GOV DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW ABOUT

At the same time cutting pensions and increasing the retirement age, what wonderful people!

The only thing i can see happening with aged care is an opportunity for profit making!

More carers...more cleaners.....use old fashioned bleach or metho.......GIVE THE MONEY TO STAFFING RATIOS......🤔

Yrs ago u had to be trained in all medical, Aged Care, Childrens, any type of hospital even nurse assistance were trained. Didn't take long

So great to see this magnificent new facility drawing top researchers and 'finally' some federal dollars.

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In 2016, the JSF program supported more than 2,400 Australian jobs across 50 businesses - this is set to grow to 5,000 by 2023! ... See MoreSee Less

In 2016, the JSF program supported more than 2,400 Australian jobs across 50 businesses - this is set to grow to 5,000 by 2023!

 

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It always amazes me on how much we can afford to spend on a new fighter jets or submarine yet we can’t afford to build useful things people need like social housing.Yes this creates jobs but just imagine the job created if we built 50000 social housing homes across Australia. Bye bye affordable housing crises.Build suburbs not submarines. A high tech jet in the sky or a billion dollar submarine in the ocean does nothing for my family. Easing the cost of housing does. I want affordable housing not expensive toys in the sky

Are these Australian jobs or are they in the US where these planes are built?

Pity that the only jobs our federal and state governments can "create" are in support of the war mongering USA.

Yay! Just what the world needs: more weapons! What an horrific government the LNP are! You did your best to get rid of other manufacturing jobs - like the entire car industry - now we are supposed to be impressed with this???

Mmm, the stench of political spin. Sugar coating at its very best.

They are built in US , THEY'LL BE OUT OF DATE BY THE TIME WE GET THE ALL!!

Yes that sounds like a lot of money until you realise that it is spread over the life of the program ( at least 30 years) and we taxpayers are coughing up AUD $16million to $20 million to buy them. A 5% return is not a lot.

Also too these types of jobs do little for people who are unemployed. These are very highly skilled jobs that most Australians couldn’t even get. The people who would get these jobs are likely already employed meaning people who really need jobs are forgotten about.Now if we were building social housing this would provide jobs for people who really need jobs and are currently on Newstart.Sound like senator is just advertising jobs for those are currently employed and likely already well off.Making some who wealthy even wealthier doesn’t help me. It doesn’t trickle down

More funding for wars :( The war machine that consumes people and copious amounts of money all for destruction. Send all the bloody politicians to fight their own wars, which they begin, not everyone else's children. Politicians (lawyers) hide like frightened rats in underground bunkers, then come out after the smoke has cleared and claim "they won the battle" traitorous lairs all!

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