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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Last week I asked the Minister for Defence to update the Senate on measures the Turnbull Government has taken to ensure Australia's maritime security, including our naval shipbuilding industry. The response highlights the capability represented by the Hunter Class frigates and the decades long careers that will flow from this ship building.
For the full response visit youtu.be/5pbY4dTwNRAyoutube.com
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An honour to be the guest speaker at the Salisbury Vietnam Veterans Day Service today. Held each year on 18 August, the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan is an important occasion to remember the service and sacrifice of nearly 60,000 Australians who fought in an attempt to keep the Vietnamese people free from the tyranny of communism. ... See MoreSee Less

An honour to be the guest speaker at the Salisbury Vietnam Veterans Day Service today. Held each year on 18 August, the anniversary of the Battle of Long Tan is an important occasion to remember the service and sacrifice of nearly 60,000 Australians who fought in an attempt to keep the Vietnamese people free from the tyranny of communism.

 

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Thankyou of taking the time of your busy schedule to attend Senator. We really do appreciate your attendance

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As Chair of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, the procurement process to replace the Army’s armoured vehicle fleet has been a regular focus for me. At the end of a lengthy but rigorous assessment it was great to join Chief of Army, LTGEN Rick Burr and CEO of Rheinmetall, Gary Stewart at the LAND 400 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle contract signing. (www.boxercrv.com.au) ... See MoreSee Less

As Chair of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, the procurement process to replace the Army’s armoured vehicle fleet has been a regular focus for me. At the end of a lengthy but rigorous assessment it was great to join Chief of Army, LTGEN Rick Burr and CEO of Rheinmetall, Gary Stewart at the LAND 400 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicle contract signing.  (www.boxercrv.com.au)Image attachment

 

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Great work, but it is a shame that the energy policy is letting the team down so badly

Great to join Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel, Premier Steven Marshall and Rachel Sanderson MP at the opening of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.

Events such as this resulted in Adelaide becoming the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia in 2015. These events consistently attract world leading performers, encourage local artists and students through facilitated workshops, as well as run community programs such as aged-care visits.
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Great to join Australian legend Tommy Emmanuel, Premier Steven Marshall and Rachel Sanderson MP at the opening of the 2018 Adelaide Guitar Festival.Events such as this resulted in Adelaide becoming the first and only UNESCO City of Music in Australia in 2015. These events consistently attract world leading performers, encourage local artists and students through facilitated workshops, as well as run community programs such as aged-care visits.

 

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Keep up the great work.

I hope you took your guitar, David!

Well done, original member of Johnny and the Geriatrics. ( who???)

A tough assignment!! Hope you enjoyed the music !

It was pleasing to have a constructive meeting with Federal Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie, State Health Minister Stephen Wade, National Rural Health Commissioner Prof Paul Worley and Dr Hendrika Meyer from SA Health to map out a path to a collaborative solution to the rural health workforce challenges here in South Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

It was pleasing to have a constructive meeting with Federal Rural Health Minister Bridget McKenzie, State Health Minister Stephen Wade, National Rural Health Commissioner Prof Paul Worley and Dr Hendrika Meyer from SA Health to map out a path to a collaborative solution to the rural health workforce challenges here in South Australia.

 

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Much needed action in small towns David.

Did you tell him how great the film was?!!!

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