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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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70% of Australians aged 16 and over have now received both COVID-19 vaccination doses.Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in SA. Over 70% of South Australians have received a first dose, and 60% have received a double dose.While Australia is quickly approaching milestone thresholds as laid out in the National Plan to Transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response, Adelaide’s northern and north-eastern suburbs still have some way to go. I encourage all South Australians to speak with their GP to consider whether a COVID-19 vaccination is right for them.All South Australians over the age of 12 are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccination. Book your vaccination online here: bit.ly/3jKEgY0 or call 1800 020 080. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout: www.australia.gov.au/For answers to common questions on COVID-19 vaccines: bit.ly/3edp0Ru ... See MoreSee Less

70% of Australians aged 16 and over have now received both COVID-19 vaccination doses.

Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in SA. Over 70% of South Australians have received a first dose, and 60% have received a double dose.

While Australia is quickly approaching milestone thresholds as laid out in the National Plan to Transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response, Adelaide’s northern and north-eastern suburbs still have some way to go. I encourage all South Australians to speak with their GP to consider whether a COVID-19 vaccination is right for them.

All South Australians over the age of 12 are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccination. 

Book your vaccination online here: https://bit.ly/3jKEgY0 or call 1800 020 080. 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout: https://www.australia.gov.au/

For answers to common questions on COVID-19 vaccines: https://bit.ly/3edp0Ru

LATEST SETTING A NEW COURSE INTAKE COMES TO A CLOSEThe veterans taking part in the latest intake of the “Setting a New Course” program have completed their last module, spending 3 day and 2 nights at sea – putting their newly learned skills to the test. The program – facilitated by the Invictus Pathways Program and supported by University of South Australia, Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia, and Northrop Grumman Corporation – uses sail training as a vehicle towards rehabilitation.It is designed to assist current and former Australian Defence Force personnel move beyond injuries sustained during their service. Participants have the opportunity to build on the skills learnt through this course to compete in local competitions, and achieve a qualification accredited by the Royal Yachting Association.This week – from 16th-24th October – is Veteran’s Health Week.The Australian Government is investing $540,000 to support the week and the 720 events across the country. The theme ‘Get Moving’ promotes physical health for veterans and their families, recognising the benefits that physical health has on overall health and wellbeing.With 34 events in South Australia, there is plenty of opportunity to explore the benefits of physical health and social connection.A full list of Veterans’ Health Week events and information about how to register is available on the DVA website dva.gov.au/vhw, or calling DVA on 1800 VETERAN (1800 838 372).Thanks to the Invictus Pathways Program for the video. ... See MoreSee Less

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Love the wind. Welcome on my smaller boat.

Senator David Fawcett ... 'I dunno what to say' ... by your interviewee. Well done old chap.

Interviewee sounds like he's half cut.

Bugger you... sold out Gawler .. they are still stuck from 25 years ago.

NEW ICEBREAKER ARRIVES IN HOBARTToday, Australia’s new icebreaker – the RSV Nuyina – has arrived in Hobart from the Netherlands, completing its journey of 23,000+ kilometres.The vessel is capable of breaking through Antarctic sea ice, withstanding 14 metre seas and temperatures of -30 degrees Celsius to service our Antarctic stations, while operating as a state-of-the-art floating science platform – supporting voyages of up to 90 days in length. Nuyina replaces Australia’s Aurora Australis, which completed its last expedition for the AAD in 2020.Hobart is the home of the Australian Antarctic Division (antarctica.gov.au) – where all the Australian Antarctic expeditioners are trained and equipped before heading south to Antarctica or sub-Antarctic Macquarie Island. The AAD have 300 full-time staff undertaking operational, medical, science, policy and support functions.The Morrison Government is investing $2.8 billion to enhance Australia’s Antarctic operations and science capabilities – including funding for research (including construction of an upgraded station at Macquarie Island to provide a year-round capability for scientific monitoring and research), operations and the new ice breaker RSV Nuyina.The $1.9 billion investment in Nuyina covers the design and build of the ship and its operation and maintenance over an expected 30-year life span. The construction of the Nuyina – the most advanced vessel of its kind to be deployed in the Southern Ocean – is part of the Australian Antarctic Strategy and 20 Year Action Plan, which sets out actions to protect Australia’s national Antarctic interests. More information: bit.ly/3veaKySMore information on RSV Nuyina: www.antarctica.gov.au/nuyina/ ... See MoreSee Less

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ANOTHER MILESTONE FOR SA-BUILT HUNTER CLASS FRIGATESThe first prototype unit to have been blasted, cut and constructed in the Osborne South Naval Shipyard – using more than 28 tonnes of Australian steel – has now been completed.BAE Systems Australia have now moved the 217 sqm unit to the primary manufacturing hall. This section will soon be fitted with equipment and consolidated with 3 more steel units, forming the first prototyping block.Through the prototyping phase, 5 blocks are to be built to test the production systems, develop the facilities and ensure the workforce is trained to a high standard. BlueScope Australia is delivering more than 1,500 tonnes of steel plate used to construct the 5 prototype ship blocks.More than 1300 people, including 35 apprentices, are currently working on the Hunter Class program.More information on this achievement: bit.ly/3FUKvCOThanks to BAE Systems Australia for the video. ... See MoreSee Less

AUSTRALIAN-MADE ROVER TO SUPPORT NASA MOON MISSIONFrom as early as 2026, an Australian-made Rover will be supporting NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Moon mission.Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) announced today an agreement has been reached with NASA for Australian businesses and researchers to develop the rover, supported by the $50 million Trailblazer program in the Government’s Moon to Mars initiative.The semi-autonomous rover will be designed to collect lunar soil that contains oxides. Using separate equipment, NASA aims to extract oxygen from the soil – a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon and supporting future missions to Mars.The Trailblazer program is expected to open before the end of 2021, and applications are to be submitted in early 2022.South Australia’s space industry currently represents more than 1400 full time employees and continues to grow at an impressive rate.Since 2018, the Australian Government has invested over $700 million into Australia’s space sector, as part of the Government’s goal to triple the sector’s size to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030. Through the 2021/22 Federal Budget, $13.3 million is being invested by the Morrison Government into the Australian Space Agency's Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide. As 1 of 6 priority manufacturing areas in our Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, we are providing extensive support and funding to Australia’s space industry to enable businesses to innovate, grow, and create more local jobs. More information: bit.ly/3w32jqcMore information on the Trailblazer program: bit.ly/3FFvch2 ... See MoreSee Less

AUSTRALIAN-MADE ROVER TO SUPPORT NASA MOON MISSION
From as early as 2026, an Australian-made Rover will be supporting NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Moon mission.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) announced today an agreement has been reached with NASA for Australian businesses and researchers to develop the rover, supported by the $50 million Trailblazer program in the Government’s Moon to Mars initiative.

The semi-autonomous rover will be designed to collect lunar soil that contains oxides. Using separate equipment, NASA aims to extract oxygen from the soil – a key step towards establishing a sustainable human presence on the Moon and supporting future missions to Mars.

The Trailblazer program is expected to open before the end of 2021, and applications are to be submitted in early 2022.

South Australia’s space industry currently represents more than 1400 full time employees and continues to grow at an impressive rate.

Since 2018, the Australian Government has invested over $700 million into Australia’s space sector, as part of the Government’s goal to triple the sector’s size to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030. Through the 2021/22 Federal Budget, $13.3 million is being invested by the Morrison Government into the Australian Space Agencys Space Discovery Centre at Lot Fourteen in Adelaide. 

As 1 of 6 priority manufacturing areas in our Government’s $1.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy, we are providing extensive support and funding to Australia’s space industry to enable businesses to innovate, grow, and create more local jobs. More information: https://bit.ly/3w32jqc

More information on the Trailblazer program: https://bit.ly/3FFvch2

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I am sure the rover won't go overboard with an emotional response to the experience, unlike some of the Apollo astronauts, most notably Jim Irwin (Apollo 15) who wasted the rest of his life looking for a non-existent boat on a hill in the Middle East

INVESTMENT IN GENOMICS AND CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCHThrough the Morrison Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), $90 million has been made available to help accelerate Australian-led genomics and cardiovascular research. $56 million is being administered under the Genomics Health Futures Mission, to deliver better testing, diagnosis, and treatment, and $34 million is being administered under the Cardiovascular Health Mission to reduce the toll of heart disease and stroke.Through the $90 million, 5 streams of funding will be delivered over three years from 2021/22 to cover 5 priority areas in cardiovascular health, and 6 funding streams will be administered over 2 years to implement key research and innovation projects for genomics. More information: bit.ly/2Y494fvAdditionally, $9.2 million is being made available in MRFF grants to fund 12 new health and medical research projects, including $5.2 million to develop new approaches that tackle diabetes and cardiovascular disease.Administered through 2 programs – Biomed Tech Horizons (BMTH) and Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) – this grant funding supports the development of novel preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and products for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More information: bit.ly/3AUItzr Medical research is 1 of 4 pillars of our Government’s Long Term National Health Plan. More information: bit.ly/3o01mxvOur Government’s 2021/22 Federal Budget guarantees essential health services that Australians rely on with record funding for Medicare, mental health, aged care, and hospitals. In 2021/22, SA’s hospitals and health system benefit from $1.6 billion in Federal funding. More information on health funding in this year’s Budget: bit.ly/2SBJ9Fw ... See MoreSee Less

INVESTMENT IN GENOMICS AND CARDIOVASCULAR RESEARCH
Through the Morrison Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF), $90 million has been made available to help accelerate Australian-led genomics and cardiovascular research. 

$56 million is being administered under the Genomics Health Futures Mission, to deliver better testing, diagnosis, and treatment, and $34 million is being administered under the Cardiovascular Health Mission to reduce the toll of heart disease and stroke.

Through the $90 million, 5 streams of funding will be delivered over three years from 2021/22 to cover 5 priority areas in cardiovascular health, and 6 funding streams will be administered over 2 years to implement key research and innovation projects for genomics. More information: https://bit.ly/2Y494fv

Additionally, $9.2 million is being made available in MRFF grants to fund 12 new health and medical research projects, including $5.2 million to develop new approaches that tackle diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Administered through 2 programs – Biomed Tech Horizons (BMTH) and Translation Research Accelerator (TTRA) – this grant funding supports the development of novel preventative, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches and products for diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More information: https://bit.ly/3AUItzr  

Medical research is 1 of 4 pillars of our Government’s Long Term National Health Plan. More information: https://bit.ly/3o01mxv

Our Government’s 2021/22 Federal Budget guarantees essential health services that Australians rely on with record funding for Medicare, mental health, aged care, and hospitals. In 2021/22, SA’s hospitals and health system benefit from $1.6 billion in Federal funding. More information on health funding in this year’s Budget: https://bit.ly/2SBJ9Fw

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If you and your party are so concerned about our Aussie Veterans, why does the Morrison Govt continually deny our most disabled Veterans (Totally and Permanently Incapacitated Veterans) an increase in their meagre fortnightly compensation payment. Yet another inquiry recommended that the payment be increased. The Senate Inquiry report of 1st July 21 was just responded to by your Govt. Below is a copy, however, the lack of concern for disabled veterans does not give you or your liberal mates the right to try and look interested by attending any commemorative events, none of you deserve to be associated with anything veteran related!

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