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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Babcock International have tripled their South Australian workforce in response to opportunities arising from the Coalition Government’s investment in Defence capability. They are also investing in the workforce of the future as sponsors of the F1 in Schools competition.

At the opening of their expanded Australia-Pacific HQ in Adelaide today, it was good to join my State colleague, Minister Corey Wingard MP, in congratulating James and JJ, two of the 6 students from Brighton High School who recently became World Champions of F1 in Schools after their victory in Singapore.
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Babcock International have tripled their South Australian workforce in response to opportunities arising from the Coalition Government’s investment in Defence capability. They are also investing in the workforce of the future as sponsors of the F1 in Schools competition.At the opening of their expanded Australia-Pacific HQ in Adelaide today, it was good to join my State colleague, Minister Corey Wingard MP, in congratulating James and JJ, two of the 6 students from Brighton High School who recently became World Champions of F1 in Schools after their victory in Singapore.

 

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Did Corey introduce himself as "class of '87" to them??? :P

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Great to visit the mid-north over the weekend where thousands of South Australians enjoyed another successful air show, organised by the Jamestown Flying Group and Paul Bennet. Many classic aircraft were flying in the display including the Australian built CAC Mustang powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. ... See MoreSee Less

It was an honour to join the Colonel Commandant of the Australian Army Aviation Corps, Brigadier Neil Turton and LIeutenant General Richard Felton (UK Army Air Corps) along with many former colleagues at the cutting of a cake to commemorate 50 years since the establishment of modern Army Aviation in 1968.

Having spent most of my professional career as an Army pilot, I am incredibly proud of what the current generation of aviators are achieving as they provide aviation reconnaissance, firepower support, air mobility, battlefield support and surveillance as a key force component in Australia’s military.

A “drum head” parade and airmobile demonstration at the Army Aviation Centre Oakey today was a great opportunity to recognise the work of all the elements that enable the work of the 16th Aviation Brigade. www.army.gov.au/our-people/units/forces-command/16th-aviation-brigade.

The men and women of today’s Aviation Corps are truly living up to their motto - 'Vigilance'.
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It was an honour to join the Colonel Commandant of the Australian Army Aviation Corps, Brigadier Neil Turton and LIeutenant General Richard Felton (UK Army Air Corps) along with many former colleagues at the cutting of a cake to commemorate 50 years since the establishment of modern Army Aviation in 1968.Having spent most of my professional career as an Army pilot, I am incredibly proud of what the current generation of aviators are achieving as they provide aviation reconnaissance, firepower support, air mobility, battlefield support and surveillance as a key force component in Australia’s military.A “drum head” parade and airmobile demonstration at the Army Aviation Centre Oakey today was a great opportunity to recognise the work of all the elements that enable the work of the 16th Aviation Brigade. https://www.army.gov.au/our-people/units/forces-command/16th-aviation-brigade.The men and women of today’s Aviation Corps are truly living up to their motto - Vigilance.

 

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Your military aviation experience would be very useful now as a senator and community leader. Thank you for your service.

A meeting today with Singapore High Commissioner, Kwok Fook Seng, and Defence Advisor Colonel Kevin Chin was a good opportunity to discuss specific activities occurring within the ongoing and close defence relationship Australia has with Singapore.

The Australia-Singapore defence relationship is underpinned by the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2015) and our long-standing partnership in the Five Powers Defence Arrangements.

Read more: www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/david-fawcett/media-releases/assistant-minister-reinforces-c....
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A meeting today with Singapore High Commissioner, Kwok Fook Seng, and Defence Advisor Colonel Kevin Chin was a good opportunity to discuss specific activities occurring within the ongoing and close defence relationship Australia has with Singapore.The Australia-Singapore defence relationship is underpinned by the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (2015) and our long-standing partnership in the Five Powers Defence Arrangements.Read more: https://www.minister.defence.gov.au/minister/david-fawcett/media-releases/assistant-minister-reinforces-close-defence-relationship.

Good to meet this week with Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC is an important partner for the Australian Defence Force in training, in conflict zones and when providing humanitarian and disaster relief. ... See MoreSee Less

Good to meet this week with Mr Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The ICRC is an important partner for the Australian Defence Force in training, in conflict zones and when providing humanitarian and disaster relief.

Today I joined the NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, the Hon. Niall Blair MLC, to launch the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN).

The Commonwealth Government has committed $200 billion to our future Defence capability and is investing $1.6 billion in support of initiatives for government, industry and universities to better collaborate.

The DIN is the third State-based network to be established in response to this commonwealth initiative. Innovation emerging from these networks brings a capability edge to our warfighter, and often spins off other technology to benefit the rest of society.

Read more here: www.defenceinnovationnetwork.com/
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Today I joined the NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, the Hon. Niall Blair MLC, to launch the NSW Defence Innovation Network (DIN).The Commonwealth Government has committed $200 billion to our future Defence capability and is investing $1.6 billion in support of initiatives for government, industry and universities to better collaborate.The DIN is the third State-based network to be established in response to this commonwealth initiative. Innovation emerging from these networks brings a capability edge to our warfighter, and often spins off other technology to benefit the rest of society.Read more here: https://www.defenceinnovationnetwork.com/Image attachment
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