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, 2016 and again in 2019.

In the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn as the Assistant Minister for Defence.

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Representing Australia and speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly / Assemblée parlementaire de l'OTAN in London - a great example of a multilateral body where Australia can make a sovereign choice to engage with other like minded nations where it supports our national interest and encourages adherence to the global rules-based order.

More information: www.nato-pa.int/node/45559

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Representing Australia and speaking at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly / Assemblée parlementaire de lOTAN in London - a great  example of a multilateral body where Australia can make a sovereign choice to engage with other like minded nations where it supports our national interest and encourages adherence to the global rules-based order.More information: https://www.nato-pa.int/node/45559NATOImage attachmentImage attachment

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Good to see you plugging away. Keep it up.

We proud of your achievements David. Keep up the great work 🤓

PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS FTA RATIFICATION

The Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has released their report recommending the ratification of our Free Trade Agreements with both Hong Kong and Indonesia.

The Federal Liberal Government has a plan to ensure around 90% of Australia’s trade is covered by free trade agreements by 2022, giving all Australian businesses the opportunity to be competitive in the world market. A record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018/19 financial year – an increase of more than $66 billion on 2017/18 financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector.

Indonesia - one of the fastest growing economies in the Indo-Pacific - presents a significant opportunity for Australia. By some estimates, Indonesia will be the world's fifth-largest economy by 2030. In 2018, $291.3 million worth of South Australian goods were exported to Indonesia and this new FTA allows this strong existing relationship to grow.

Hong Kong is already a major trading partner which is why our Government is committed to pursuing an FTA. If implemented, this will lock in duty free access on all Australian goods sent to Hong Kong. Providing greater market access for Australian businesses and creating more jobs locally.

We have also signed FTAs with Peru and Pacific Island nations, with more in ongoing negotiations including the EU and UK. For the full Committee's report, visit bit.ly/2MwjuL1.
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PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDS FTA RATIFICATIONThe Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Treaties has released their report recommending the ratification of our Free Trade Agreements with both Hong Kong and Indonesia.The Federal Liberal Government has a plan to ensure around 90% of Australia’s trade is covered by free trade agreements by 2022, giving all Australian businesses the opportunity to be competitive in the world market. A record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018/19 financial year – an increase of more than $66 billion on 2017/18 financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector.Indonesia - one of the fastest growing economies in the Indo-Pacific - presents a significant opportunity for Australia. By some estimates, Indonesia will be the worlds fifth-largest economy by 2030. In 2018, $291.3 million worth of South Australian goods were exported to Indonesia and this new FTA allows this strong existing relationship to grow.Hong Kong is already a major trading partner which is why our Government is committed to pursuing an FTA. If implemented, this will lock in duty free access on all Australian goods sent to Hong Kong. Providing greater market access for Australian businesses and creating more jobs locally.We have also signed FTAs with Peru and Pacific Island nations, with more in ongoing negotiations including the EU and UK. For the full Committees report, visit https://bit.ly/2MwjuL1.

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More jobs lost as it allows workers from Indonesia entry to Australia, another spike in youth unemployment on the way ☹️

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Senator David Fawcett

A visit to XTEK LTD was on the agenda while Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP was with us in Adelaide. Managing Director, Mr Philippe Odouard and Senior Mechanical Engineer, Scott showed us around their facility in Adelaide’s northern suburbs.

XTek make a diverse array of defence products including ballistic armour, weapons, advanced composite materials, and small drones. Their investment in Research and Development has led to the creation of unique products and techniques which has advanced their global presence, manufacturing for the Australian and US Defence Forces among others.

The Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) has invested in XTek through grants to support their growth here in Australia, which results in jobs – their local Adelaide workforce is set to grow from 8 to 34.

An initiative of our Government’s 2016 Defence Industry Policy Statement, the CDIC is headquartered here in Adelaide. More information on CDIC: bit.ly/2rpTh87
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