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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A strong economy means the Federal Liberal Government can invest more in South Australia.

Scott Morrison (ScoMo)
Today I put pen to paper on the fourth city deal since I became Prime Minister - and the seventh under our Government. The latest deal adds Adelaide to the ranks, with a $551m deal, and will see it become an innovation centre as well as delivering more congestion busting infrastructure. These are all practical things we’re doing to make our cities more liveable. — with Nicolle Flint and Steven Marshall.
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I met with Laing O’Rourke and local Central Queensland businesses involved in the upgrade works on the Shoalwater Bay Training Area yesterday.

In the 6 months since I announced Laing O’Rourke as the prime contractor, the project has proceeded with 60% engagement from local businesses in the early design and engineering work.

This equates to around $4 million coming back into the local economy already from this significant project. Laing O’Rourke is confident this will increase to 80% local engagement during the construction phase as per their Local Industry Capability Plan.

Local businesses spoke of their positive experience working with Laing O’Rourke and Defence, and I look forward to continuing to deliver on our policy of local industry engagement in major Defence Estate acquisitions.

If you want to know more about yesterday’s visit, click: bit.ly/2UGQ7bC

If you are a Small to Medium Enterprise and would like to explore working with Defence in the future, click here for more information on the processes involved: bit.ly/2Jp1wM0

If you currently work in a trade, or are thinking about a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, consider your many career opportunities that are landing in the coming years. Visit www.defenceindustry.gov.au/career-opportunities to explore the pathways.

Michelle Landry
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I met with Laing O’Rourke and local Central Queensland businesses involved in the upgrade works on the Shoalwater Bay Training Area yesterday.In the 6 months since I announced Laing O’Rourke as the prime contractor, the project has proceeded with 60% engagement from local businesses in the early design and engineering work.This equates to around $4 million coming back into the local economy already from this significant project. Laing O’Rourke is confident this will increase to 80% local engagement during the construction phase as per their Local Industry Capability Plan.Local businesses spoke of their positive experience working with Laing O’Rourke and Defence, and I look forward to continuing to deliver on our policy of local industry engagement in major Defence Estate acquisitions.If you want to know more about yesterday’s visit, click: https://bit.ly/2UGQ7bCIf you are a Small to Medium Enterprise and would like to explore working with Defence in the future, click here for more information on the processes involved: https://bit.ly/2Jp1wM0If you currently work in a trade, or are thinking about a future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, consider your many career opportunities that are landing in the coming years. Visit https://www.defenceindustry.gov.au/career-opportunities to explore the pathways.Michelle LandryImage attachment

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Small Businesses form a vital cog in Australia’s economy, employing 7 million Australians.

Thank you to the Rotary Club of Port Adelaide and the North West Business Alliance for your invitation to speak at Thursday’s local Business Network Lunch.

Joined in the photo by Jim Manning from local radio station WOW FM 100.5, who MC’ed the event.
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Small Businesses form a vital cog in Australia’s economy, employing 7 million Australians.Thank you to the Rotary Club of Port Adelaide and the North West Business Alliance for your invitation to speak at Thursday’s local Business Network Lunch.Joined in the photo by Jim Manning from local radio station WOW FM 100.5, who MC’ed the event.
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