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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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Australia Day is a great opportunity to join new Australians celebrating their first Australia Day as citizens.

I represented the Australian Government at the City of Tea Tree Gully’s citizenship ceremony this morning and in the City of Playford this afternoon.

Congratulations to Pathway Community Centre and Michael Grech for being awarded the Tea Tree Gully’s Outstanding Community Group of the Year and Outstanding Citizen of the Year respectively.

All of the nominees for these awards demonstrate what is achievable when Australians make an intentional effort to make their community a better place.

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👍♥Happy Australia day♥all ♥

Well done to all off you 🙌xx

👏👏👏👏🖐🖐🖐🖐😍😍😍👍

1 week ago

Senator David Fawcett

The immense bushfire recovery efforts, supported by #YourADF, are evident in the numbers.

Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds and I were on Kangaroo Island today to meet with local authorities including Mayor Michael Pengilly, ADF personnel and bushfire recovery coordinators.

Since being deployed to KI, ADF personnel have amongst many other tasks distributed hundreds of hay bales by air and road, treated and delivered hundreds of thousands of litres of water, buried over 3,000 animals, established nearly 150 km of firebreak and cleared roads over much of the island.

Soldiers from a large number of full-time and reserve units, supported by combat engineers from NZ are very much an integrated force for good in collaboration with emergency services and the local community.

For an update on ADF bushfire assistance: bit.ly/2O0iS1V

For access to financial support for those directly affected: bit.ly/3arDtWh
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The immense bushfire recovery efforts, supported by #YourADF, are evident in the numbers. Defence Minister Senator Linda Reynolds and I were on Kangaroo Island today to meet with local authorities including Mayor Michael Pengilly, ADF personnel and bushfire recovery coordinators. Since being deployed to KI, ADF personnel have amongst many other tasks distributed hundreds of hay bales by air and road, treated and delivered hundreds of thousands of litres of water, buried over 3,000 animals, established nearly 150 km of firebreak and cleared roads over much of the island. Soldiers from a large number of full-time and reserve units, supported by combat engineers from NZ are very much an integrated force for good in collaboration with emergency services and the local community. For an update on ADF bushfire assistance: https://bit.ly/2O0iS1V For access to financial support for those directly affected: https://bit.ly/3arDtWhImage attachmentImage attachment

From today, Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with Hong Kong enters into force.

This FTA opens up a $360 billion economy, comprised of 7.5 million people.

Hong Kong is already a major trading partner – $17.8 billion in two-way trade in 2018 – which is why our Government pursued an FTA. As of today, duty free access on all Australian goods sent to Hong Kong is guaranteed, providing greater market access for Australian businesses and creating more Australian jobs as local businesses cater for increased demand.

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 the previous financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector.

More information on the Australia-Hong Kong FTA: dfat.gov.au/a-hkfta
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From today, Australia’s Free Trade Agreement with Hong Kong enters into force. This FTA opens up a $360 billion economy, comprised of 7.5 million people. Hong Kong is already a major trading partner – $17.8 billion in two-way trade in 2018 – which is why our Government pursued an FTA. As of today, duty free access on all Australian goods sent to Hong Kong is guaranteed, providing greater market access for Australian businesses and creating more Australian jobs as local businesses cater for increased demand. 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 the previous financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector. More information on the Australia-Hong Kong FTA: https://dfat.gov.au/a-hkfta

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Hello David, what manufacturing businesses are exporting to Hong Kong? This is wonderful news.

That chinese money must be amazing, what Australian businesses if any, why dont you name some?

What about the submarines? No one want the French

2 weeks ago

Senator David Fawcett

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it is a big psychological boost having men and women in uniform working with the community here on Kangaroo Island. And I personally have been really impressed with how the ADF personnel are interacting with the community. Simple things like politeness and respect, combined with a 'we are here to help' attitude. Everyone I have interacted with in uniform have been incredibly impressive individuals.

James Carruthers Sammie Carruthers there are the chinooks. 🙂

Celeste Barber

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