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 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.

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

It was my pleasure today to host Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Senator Liew Chin Tong, to discuss Australia- Malaysia defence relations.

The Defence Cooperation Program with Malaysia is Australia’s oldest in South East Asia encompassing a wide range of engagement activities including training, attachments, senior visits, exercises and strategic dialogue.

The Malaysia-Australia defence relationship is underpinned by the Five Power Defence Arrangements between Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and United Kingdom, which have been in place since 1971.
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It was my pleasure today to host Malaysia’s Deputy Defence Minister, Senator Liew Chin Tong, to discuss Australia- Malaysia defence relations.The Defence Cooperation Program with Malaysia is Australia’s oldest in South East Asia encompassing a wide range of engagement activities including training, attachments, senior visits, exercises and strategic dialogue.The Malaysia-Australia defence relationship is underpinned by the Five Power Defence Arrangements between Malaysia, Australia, Singapore, New Zealand and United Kingdom, which have been in place since 1971.

 

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Looking good

The ability of Defence personnel to make the best decision increasingly relies on technology to optimise the collection and analysis of data. I was pleased to speak at the signing of a partnership between the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (Adelaide University) with Lockheed Martin Australia today in South Australia which will develop world class capabilities in this field. ... See MoreSee Less

The ability of Defence personnel to make the best decision increasingly relies on technology to optimise the collection and analysis of data.  I was pleased to speak at the signing of a partnership between the Australian Institute for Machine Learning (Adelaide University) with Lockheed Martin Australia today in South Australia which will develop world class capabilities in this field.

 

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Excellent work

Waist of money you will catch only the stupid ones not the smart ones that are the real threat to security in terms of terrorism this is just a breach of freedom to the average Jo blow shame on the government

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OK so data collection is based on what people post or like what happens when some one may be aware off AI programs and just lead it on a golden path .

And obvisouly text and phone calls are part of it

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