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 and the Minister for Defence Industry in delivering Australian Defence Capability.

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It was my pleasure to talk to local business and community leaders in Rockhampton with Michelle Landry MP today.

The Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative is an important part of Australia’s bilateral relationship with Singapore. It fosters greater capability and stronger ties between our two nations.

Today we are announcing Laing O’Rourke as the major contractor for the training area upgrades, this represents a win for military capability and for local industry in Central Queensland.
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It was my pleasure to talk to local business and community leaders in Rockhampton with Michelle Landry MP today.The Australian Singapore Military Training Initiative is an important part of Australia’s bilateral relationship with Singapore. It fosters greater capability and stronger ties between our two nations.Today we are announcing Laing O’Rourke as the major contractor for the training area upgrades, this represents a win for military capability and for local industry in Central Queensland.

Good to join the Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne over the weekend with the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly.

Australia has a long standing security relationship with France dating from WW1 through to contemporary collaboration to counter terrorism and joint humanitarian responses in the Pacific region. Many elements of Australia’s military aviation capability such as the Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft are based on French designs and with the Future Submarine to be built in South Australia based on a design contract with Naval Group, the links between our two nations will only grow stronger.
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Good to join the Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Defence Christopher Pyne over the weekend  with the French Minister for the Armed Forces Florence Parly.Australia has a long standing security relationship with France dating from WW1 through to contemporary collaboration to counter terrorism and joint humanitarian responses in the Pacific region. Many elements of Australia’s military aviation capability such as the Multi Role Tanker Transport aircraft are based on French designs and with the Future Submarine to be built in South Australia based on a design contract with Naval Group, the links between our two nations will only grow stronger.

Our Government has acted swiftly to protect families and employees.

In response to the criminal and senseless sabotage of food that we give to our children and the livelihoods of thousands of Australians engaged in the berry industry, the Government today passed laws to make it an offence to contaminate (or claim to have contaminated) food being reckless to the consequences on public alarm, health or economic loss.

People who contaminate food with the intent of causing harm, alarm or loss can be jailed for up to 15 years. Where such conduct is reckless as to the consequences (as opposed to intentional) penalties can include up to 10 years jail.

www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/keep-buying-our-berries-beg-growers-as-fruit-crisis-t...
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Our Government has acted swiftly to protect families and employees.In response to the criminal and senseless sabotage of food that we give to our children and the livelihoods of thousands of Australians engaged in the berry industry, the Government today passed laws to make it an offence to contaminate (or claim to have contaminated) food being reckless to the consequences on public alarm, health or economic loss.People who contaminate food with the intent of causing harm, alarm or loss can be jailed for up to 15 years. Where such conduct is reckless as to the consequences (as opposed to intentional) penalties can include up to 10 years jail.https://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/keep-buying-our-berries-beg-growers-as-fruit-crisis-threatens100m-crops/news-story/1c1ad55a6142149e7cc1cdb9cfce3631Image attachment

 

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I think the politicians have to be the best our society can produce. Thank you for being capable of acting quickly when our people are threatened.

Well done....quite impressed that all parties can get together for our country. Also very impressed with the action man, Scott Morrison. Keep it up all of you and keep united. PLEASE!!

Like those fines are really going to be applied. Its up to the courts, not the PM.

Keep up the good work .👍👍👍

Good job PM

Well done

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Work is commencing on a key Budget initiative, with the Australian Academy of Science beginning to develop a 10-year plan on behalf of the Australian Government to increase the engagement and participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Initiatives such as this have the potential to directly assist our naval shipbuilding industry here in SA and provide a new generation of young Australians with exciting and rewarding careers for decades to come. For further information visit: aas.eventsair.com/women-in-stem/ ... See MoreSee Less

Work is commencing on a key Budget initiative, with the Australian Academy of Science beginning to develop a 10-year plan on behalf of the Australian Government to increase the engagement and participation of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM). Initiatives such as this have the potential to directly assist our naval shipbuilding industry here in SA and provide a new generation of young Australians with exciting and rewarding careers for decades to come. For further information visit: https://aas.eventsair.com/women-in-stem/

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the National Rural Health Alliance. Good to join Dr Stephen Gourley (Director of Emergency Medicine at the Alice Springs Hospital) in Canberra to discuss priorities for health services in regional and remote Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

This week marks the 25th Anniversary of the creation of the National Rural Health Alliance. Good to join Dr Stephen Gourley (Director of Emergency Medicine at the Alice Springs Hospital) in Canberra to discuss priorities for health services in regional and remote Australia.

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Senator David Fawcett

Together the Morrison and Marshall government’s are delivering for SA with a $203m partnership that will develop trade training and employment opportunities for 20,000 South Australians over the next 4 years. This continues on policies that have led to the greatest number of jobs created in a single year ever (412,000 in 2017) with majority of these full-time and the lowest number of working age Australians on welfare in 25 years.

Steven Marshall
The Skilling South Australia Initiative has been launched.

A $203 million investment that will create more than 20,000 new apprenticeships and traineeships over the next four years.

We want to ensure South Australians have the skills and are job-ready for key growth industries such as defence.

Under the previous Labor government, we saw a rapid decline in the number of apprenticeships and traineeships in South Australia and we are committed to turning that around.
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