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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, 2016 and again in 2019.

In the (45th) Parliament, David was sworn as the Assistant Minister for Defence.

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It’s especially important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic.For personal crisis and mental health support, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 44 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 358 at any time.For more information on the Mental Health resources available, visit www.australia.gov.au/health-advice. ... See MoreSee Less

It’s especially important to take care of your mental health and wellbeing during the Coronavirus pandemic. For personal crisis and mental health support, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 44 or Beyond Blue on 1800 512 358 at any time. For more information on the Mental Health resources available, visit https://www.australia.gov.au/health-advice.

INVESTING IN DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR ADF Greater development and implementation of robotic and autonomous systems is one opportunity outlined in the Australian Government’s 2020 Force Structure Plan – central to meeting Australia’s future operational challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and combat operations.$12.2 million in Australian Government funding has been committed to research and develop ‘disruptive technologies’ within Australia, including $7.7 million invested into a BAE Systems Australia-led project to convert 16 M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers into Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles (OCCVs) and support further research for 2 years – increasing the OCCV fleet available to 20 vehicles. BAE’s conversions are to be undertaken here in South Australia.Contracts awarded within this $12.2 million investment also include $3.5 million with Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Research Innovation for vehicle technology prototyping, $135,000 contract with QinetiQ Australia to model the value conversion of a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle to hyper-electric drive, and $897,000 for EPE to experiment with machine and human teaming.The Australian Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office was launched this year to explore, coordinate and develop concepts for disruptive technology in pursuit of its Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy.More information: bit.ly/31BSmBDThanks to Defence Australia for photos. ... See MoreSee Less

INVESTING IN DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGY FOR OUR ADF Greater development and implementation of robotic and autonomous systems is one opportunity outlined in the Australian Government’s 2020 Force Structure Plan – central to meeting Australia’s future operational challenges, including humanitarian assistance and disaster relief, and combat operations. $12.2 million in Australian Government funding has been committed to research and develop ‘disruptive technologies’ within Australia, including $7.7 million invested into a BAE Systems Australia-led project to convert 16 M113AS4 Armoured Personnel Carriers into Optionally Crewed Combat Vehicles (OCCVs) and support further research for 2 years – increasing the OCCV fleet available to 20 vehicles. BAE’s conversions are to be undertaken here in South Australia. Contracts awarded within this $12.2 million investment also include $3.5 million with Deakin University’s Institute for Intelligent Research Innovation for vehicle technology prototyping, $135,000 contract with QinetiQ Australia to model the value conversion of a Bushmaster Protected Mobility Vehicle to hyper-electric drive, and $897,000 for EPE to experiment with machine and human teaming. The Australian Army’s Robotic and Autonomous Systems Implementation and Coordination Office was launched this year to explore, coordinate and develop concepts for disruptive technology in pursuit of its Robotic and Autonomous Systems Strategy. More information: https://bit.ly/31BSmBD Thanks to Defence Australia for photos.Image attachmentImage attachment

FREE PHONICS CHECK WITH NEW LITERACY HUBThe Australian Government’s launch of the new $10.8 million Literacy Hub gives parents, teachers and educators access to a free tool to help students master the fundamentals of learning to read.The Literacy Hub contains a variety of resources including a free Year 1 Phonics Check to assess the language skills of students, and a free reading awareness check for families.The Phonics Check is a valuable evidence-based assessment tool which ensures that children have developed sufficient phonics skill at a crucial point in their reading development - delivering on the Government’s election promise to provide a greater focus on the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy within childhood education.The Federal Liberal Government has delivered increased funding for South Australian schools every year – from $1b in 2013, to $1.4b in the 2019/20 Federal Budget.More information on the Year 1 phonics check, phonics check for families and additional resources, available here: www.literacyhub.edu.au ... See MoreSee Less

FREE PHONICS CHECK WITH NEW LITERACY HUB The Australian Government’s launch of the new $10.8 million Literacy Hub gives parents, teachers and educators access to a free tool to help students master the fundamentals of learning to read. The Literacy Hub contains a variety of resources including a free Year 1 Phonics Check to assess the language skills of students, and a free reading awareness check for families. The Phonics Check is a valuable evidence-based assessment tool which ensures that children have developed sufficient phonics skill at a crucial point in their reading development - delivering on the Government’s election promise to provide a greater focus on the fundamentals of literacy and numeracy within childhood education. The Federal Liberal Government has delivered increased funding for South Australian schools every year – from $1b in 2013, to $1.4b in the 2019/20 Federal Budget. More information on the Year 1 phonics check, phonics check for families and additional resources, available here: www.literacyhub.edu.au

In response to changing strategic circumstances, the Australian Government has committed $270 billion to investment in defence capability. The flow on from this is long-term jobs are being created locally and sustained throughout SA’s defence industry and relevant supply chains. Recent developments within the sector include:✔️Adelaide-based Century Manufacturing is among the 4 Australian businesses which is providing the processing and storage components for Boeing Defence Australia’s Tactical Edge Servers – high performance computing and network devices – to be installed in the 211 Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) assembled here in Australia by Rheinmetall (pictured). This world class technology is locally designed, produced and maintained by Australian companies, and will be serviced over its life by a local supply chain. More information: bit.ly/2DCl2SG✔️BAE Systems Australia continues to sustain the Collins Class Submarine periscopes, signing a $30 million 2-year contract extension. Now transitioning into service, the periscopes are being upgraded from analogue to digital. Work is undertaken by 34 specialist technicians working in purpose-built facilities at Mawson Lakes in SA and HMAS Stirling Naval Base in WA. More information: bit.ly/2DrLbnG✔️BAE Systems Australia has opened its new Industry Capability Network (ICN) portal for Australian SMEs to express interest in becoming a supply chain partner. BAE subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding is the lead contractor on the Hunter Class Frigate Program. This program is expected to support over 500 Australian businesses who have been pre-qualified to be part of the Hunter Class supply chain. These vessels will be built in Australia, using 48,000 tonnes of Australian steel. More information: baesystemsgap.icn.org.au✔️The Royal Australian Navy is partnering with Saab Australia to bring a new training capability into service – the AUV62-AT: Intermediate Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target – which simulate submarines and torpedos, providing highly realistic live training scenarios for Australian submariners, aviators and surface vessel combat teams. The Australian Government is investing approximately $11 million in the project. More information: bit.ly/2C9vot8 ... See MoreSee Less

In response to changing strategic circumstances, the Australian Government has committed $270 billion to investment in defence capability. The flow on from this is long-term jobs are being created locally and sustained throughout SA’s defence industry and relevant supply chains. Recent developments within the sector include: ✔️Adelaide-based Century Manufacturing is among the 4 Australian businesses which is providing the processing and storage components for Boeing Defence Australia’s Tactical Edge Servers – high performance computing and network devices – to be installed in the 211 Boxer 8×8 Combat Reconnaissance Vehicles (CRV) assembled here in Australia by Rheinmetall (pictured). This world class technology is locally designed, produced and maintained by Australian companies, and will be serviced over its life by a local supply chain. More information: https://bit.ly/2DCl2SG ✔️BAE Systems Australia continues to sustain the Collins Class Submarine periscopes, signing a $30 million 2-year contract extension. Now transitioning into service, the periscopes are being upgraded from analogue to digital. Work is undertaken by 34 specialist technicians working in purpose-built facilities at Mawson Lakes in SA and HMAS Stirling Naval Base in WA. More information: https://bit.ly/2DrLbnG ✔️BAE Systems Australia has opened its new Industry Capability Network (ICN) portal for Australian SMEs to express interest in becoming a supply chain partner. BAE subsidiary, ASC Shipbuilding is the lead contractor on the Hunter Class Frigate Program. This program is expected to support over 500 Australian businesses who have been pre-qualified to be part of the Hunter Class supply chain. These vessels will be built in Australia, using 48,000 tonnes of Australian steel. More information: https://baesystemsgap.icn.org.au ✔️The Royal Australian Navy is partnering with Saab Australia to bring a new training capability into service – the AUV62-AT: Intermediate Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Target – which simulate submarines and torpedos, providing highly realistic live training scenarios for Australian submariners, aviators and surface vessel combat teams. The Australian Government is investing approximately $11 million in the project. More information: https://bit.ly/2C9vot8

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