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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75 years ago Australia established a special military unit to test and develop aircraft in order to have a combat edge over our adversaries. Today the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) based at RAAF Edinburgh (South Australia) continues this task, with experimental test pilots, flight test engineers and other specialists working to inform the decisions of our modern war fighters.

As a former experimental test pilot and Commanding Officer of ARDU, I enjoyed the opportunity to join current and former unit members on Saturday evening at the South Australian Aviation Museum for an anniversary dinner to celebrate excellence in flight test.

I was joined by the current CO of ARDU, Wing Commander Dan Rich and the President of the International Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Maurice (Moe) Girard, in front of one of ARDU’s classic ex C47B Dakotas.

You can find out more about the unit’s history at ardu75th.com/
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75 years ago Australia established a special military unit to test and develop aircraft in order to have a combat edge over our adversaries. Today the RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) based at RAAF Edinburgh (South Australia) continues this task, with experimental test pilots, flight test engineers and other specialists working to inform the decisions of our modern war fighters.As a former experimental test pilot and Commanding Officer of ARDU, I enjoyed the opportunity to join current and former unit members on Saturday evening at the South Australian Aviation Museum for an anniversary dinner to celebrate excellence in flight test.I was joined by the current CO of ARDU, Wing Commander Dan Rich and the President of the International Society of Experimental Test Pilots, Maurice (Moe) Girard, in front of one of ARDU’s classic ex C47B Dakotas.You can find out more about the unit’s history at http://ardu75th.com/

 

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So when dod the two c47's finally retire?

Good memories David, as some years back, ARDU was a former client of mine for The Defence Studies Schemes and Transitions, and Helika Cruz was working in their Admin. Cell. 😊

I’m indebted. Such an amazing experience, and very proud to say I am ARDU!! 🦘✈️ 🇦🇺

A great record of Service David.

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1 week ago

Senator David Fawcett

Very pleased to help launch this interactive program designed to encourage students to consider a career requiring the discipline of science, technology, engineering or maths.

Great to see private sector investment to underwrite initiatives like this that can help connect teachers and students with the growing opportunities in Australia’s rapidly expanding high-tech Defence industry sector.We officially opened the MathsAlive! exhibition in Canberra, Australia with Senator David Fawcett, Raytheon Australia’s Michael Ward and Paralympian Snowboarder Joany Badenhorst #MathsAlive #STEM https://rtn.co/2DTwEPi
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Very pleased to help launch this interactive program designed to encourage students to consider a career requiring the discipline of science, technology, engineering or maths.Great to see private sector investment to underwrite initiatives like this that can help connect teachers and students with the growing opportunities in Australia’s rapidly expanding high-tech Defence industry sector.

 

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STEM is also important for our young students to be engaged, in order for them to move into a defence career. We are privileged to have parliamentarians like Senator Molan, Senator Fawcett and MP Andrew Hastie who have served our country with distinction.

For further information on available grants please visit – www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=F772A3E3-C5C6-235B-924CF5CD99190E06 ... See MoreSee Less

For further information on available grants please visit – https://www.grants.gov.au/?event=public.GO.show&GOUUID=F772A3E3-C5C6-235B-924CF5CD99190E06

 

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How come drug and alcohol users ( by Choice ) get millions thrown at them. Smokers (by Choice) get obscene taxes thrown at them. I don't smoke. But I loath discrimination.

2 weeks ago

Senator David Fawcett

Congratulations to Rory Milner (Sunbuild, Northern Territory) on being announced the Master Builder’s National Apprentice of the Year. I was pleased to have the opportunity to present the award to Rory and recognise his achievement in Adelaide on Saturday night.Senator David Fawcett Assistant Minister for Defence Australia with Master Builders Australia National President Hedley Davis and National Board Member Dick Guit at the National Excellence in Building & Construction Awards #masterbuilders #mbawards18 ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Rory Milner (Sunbuild, Northern Territory) on being announced the Master Builder’s National Apprentice of the Year. I was pleased to have the opportunity to present the award to Rory and recognise his achievement in Adelaide on Saturday night.
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