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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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This week marks the first anniversary of the most recent fall of Kabul to the Taliban. More than 39,000 ADF personnel have served in Afghanistan in the 20 years since initial deployment, and 41 Australians made the ultimate sacrifice – many more physically and mentally wounded. I honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought to reduce the threat of Al-Qaeda terrorist basing in Afghanistan, bringing hope and the opportunity for freedom to a generation of Afghanis.One year ago, personnel from Townsville’s 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, along with other attachments, were deployed to Afghanistan to support the evacuation operation.ADF personnel supported the evacuation in August 2021 of 4,100 people, among the more than 80,000 who were evacuated thanks to the combined efforts of nations around the world.Work continues to resettle Afghan refugees, impacted by the Taliban’s resurgence.In 2022/23 Federal Budget, our former Government committed $665.9 million over 4 years to resettle an additional 16,500 Afghans, over and above the annual refugee intake – increasing the total number of Afghan refugees to 31,500 over the next 4 years.The tragedy of August 2021 does not detract from 20 years of service and sacrifice which denied Al-Qaeda a secure footing, inhibited the terrorist organisation’s ability to plan operations, and prevented attacks being conducted on Australian soil or elsewhere around the world.The freedom we enjoy comes at a price - lest we forget. Images courtesy of Defence Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

This week marks the first anniversary of the most recent fall of Kabul to the Taliban. 

More than 39,000 ADF personnel have served in Afghanistan in the 20 years since initial deployment, and 41 Australians made the ultimate sacrifice – many more physically and mentally wounded. 

I honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought to reduce the threat of Al-Qaeda terrorist basing in Afghanistan, bringing hope and the opportunity for freedom to a generation of Afghanis.

One year ago, personnel from Townsville’s 1st Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, along with other attachments, were deployed to Afghanistan to support the evacuation operation.

ADF personnel supported the evacuation in August 2021 of 4,100 people, among the more than 80,000 who were evacuated thanks to the combined efforts of nations around the world.

Work continues to resettle Afghan refugees, impacted by the Taliban’s resurgence.

In 2022/23 Federal Budget, our former Government committed $665.9 million over 4 years to resettle an additional 16,500 Afghans, over and above the annual refugee intake – increasing the total number of Afghan refugees to 31,500 over the next 4 years.

The tragedy of August 2021 does not detract from 20 years of service and sacrifice which denied Al-Qaeda a secure footing, inhibited the terrorist organisation’s ability to plan operations, and prevented attacks being conducted on Australian soil or elsewhere around the world.

The freedom we enjoy comes at a price - lest we forget. 

Images courtesy of Defence Australia.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment

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Today marks the 77th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day.On 15 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan publicly announced acceptance of the Allies’ terms of surrender. Nazi leadership had surrendered 3 months earlier. WWII was over.On this day, Australian service men and women were still engaged in campaigns across the Pacific during WWII – in New Guinea, Bougainville, New Britain, Borneo, and in the Philippines.Back home, thousands of Australians gathered in the streets to celebrate the end of war in the Pacific. On 16 August 1945 – the following day, a National Thanksgiving Service (pictured) was held in front of the Australian War Memorial, gathering a crowd of 5,000. At the memorial were representatives of military and civilian service detachments, including those from overseas allied forces, who were led by clergymen in hymns and prayer. The ABC radio presenter captured the setting of the event:“…The contrasting colours are enhanced by a brilliant sunlight which is coming from a pure blue sky. In this setting then, of gold and bright green, lies the Australian War Memorial, before which are gathered men and women of all walks of peacetime and wartime life. Representatives of 18 different nations, all gathered together to offer irreverent thanks for our deliverance from the catastrophe of war.”The full original service broadcast is available here: www.awm.gov.au/collection/C87758 Almost one million Australians served during the 2nd World War. Today, the service and sacrifice of these Australian service men and women – throughout the Pacific – reminds us that freedom has and always will come at a price. Lest we forget.More historical information on VP Day: bit.ly/3gWQZnNThanks to the Australian War Memorial Collection for the photos. ... See MoreSee Less

Today marks the 77th Anniversary of Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day.

On 15 August 1945, Emperor Hirohito of Japan publicly announced acceptance of the Allies’ terms of surrender. Nazi leadership had surrendered 3 months earlier. WWII was over.

On this day, Australian service men and women were still engaged in campaigns across the Pacific during WWII – in New Guinea, Bougainville, New Britain, Borneo, and in the Philippines.

Back home, thousands of Australians gathered in the streets to celebrate the end of war in the Pacific. On 16 August 1945 – the following day, a National Thanksgiving Service (pictured) was held in front of the Australian War Memorial, gathering a crowd of 5,000. At the memorial were representatives of military and civilian service detachments, including those from overseas allied forces, who were led by clergymen in hymns and prayer. 

The ABC radio presenter captured the setting of the event:
“…The contrasting colours are enhanced by a brilliant sunlight which is coming from a pure blue sky. In this setting then, of gold and bright green, lies the Australian War Memorial, before which are gathered men and women of all walks of peacetime and wartime life. Representatives of 18 different nations, all gathered together to offer irreverent thanks for our deliverance from the catastrophe of war.”

The full original service broadcast is available here: https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/C87758 

Almost one million Australians served during the 2nd World War. 

Today, the service and sacrifice of these Australian service men and women – throughout the Pacific – reminds us that freedom has and always will come at a price. 

Lest we forget.

More historical information on VP Day: https://bit.ly/3gWQZnN

Thanks to the Australian War Memorial Collection for the photos.Image attachmentImage attachment+3Image attachment

Congratulations to Alan Howard-Jones on becoming President of the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove. It was good to attend the changeover dinner last night with immediate past President Dean Bartley commencing the proceedings along with former District Governor Jeff Neale. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Alan Howard-Jones on becoming President of the Rotary Club of Modbury Golden Grove. It was good to attend the changeover dinner last night with immediate past President Dean Bartley commencing the proceedings along with former District Governor Jeff Neale.

HUNTER CLASS FRIGATE PROTOTYPING PHASE CONTINUESLeading defence contractor BAE Systems Australia continues work on the Hunter Class Frigate Program at Osborne Naval Shipyard, having lifted and rotated the first half prototype block – each half block weighing approximately 90 tonnes. This milestone was achieved via a 12-metre-long lifting beam, manufactured by local business MG Engineering’s team of 8, taking approximately one hour and enabling BAE Systems to progress towards the completion of the first block, made up of four steel units. These units are built using steel plate manufactured by BlueScope Australia, which is delivering more than 1,500 tonnes of steel plate to construct the 5 prototype ship blocks. A thorough prototyping process will test the production systems, develop the facilitates and ensure the workforce is trained to a high standard.In light of the Albanese Government’s defence strategic review, my Liberal Party colleagues and I will hold the new government to account to deliver the defence assets commissioned under our former Government and protect Australian interests by appropriately investing in our nation’s defence.In addition to the fleet of 9 Hunter Class Frigates, South Australia is delivering the first 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels; up to 8 nuclear-powered submarines; the Full-Cycle Docking and Life-of-Type Extension of the Collins Class submarines; and a major upgrade of the Air Warfare Destroyers’ combat management system.The former Federal Liberal Government committed $270 billion over the decade for investment in new and upgraded capabilities. By the end of this decade, 15,000 Australians are expected to be employed in the shipbuilding enterprise alone, with 5,000 of those in SA, as a result of our Government’s investment in defence. ... See MoreSee Less

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