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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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4 days ago
Senator David Fawcett

As Chair of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade (JSCFADT), I tabled a report late last year into the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic for Australia’s foreign affairs, defence and trade policy.Since then I have been meeting with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the report’s 16 recommendations. COVID-19 revealed weaknesses in the supply chains that underpin the critical national systems which are essential to Australia’s ability to function as a secure, prosperous, first world nation. The report explores steps Australia should take in order to increase resilience via a sovereign capabilities or through developing trusted, transparent supply chains with likeminded nations.I spoke at an event today, hosted by the The University of Adelaide's Institute for International Trade and engaged in dialogue relating to the report and the implementation of its recommendations. Increasing resilience will require extensive cooperation between government, industry and academia. Peter Draper, Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade, University of Adelaide made a substantial submission to the inquiry. It was a good opportunity to discuss the outcomes of the inquiry more fully with him, the Vice Chancellor and a broad cross section of university leaders. Full JSCFADT report: bit.ly/jscfadtcovidreport ... See MoreSee Less

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Hopefully this is the Think Tank that will produce the impetus to carry the thinking stage to the We’re Doing it Stage, So let’s see some real and Positive Actions on these recommendations that are Critical to Australia as a Nation, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, And Australians Demand More Action And Less Words, now you have a Plan

The problems we have today started back in 1975 didn't need a think tank to come to that conclusion . Manufacturing was given to China including their intellectual rights shows how greedy the 1% are. Talk is cheap waste of time all Australian governments buy is crap from the US. How do you stop 2million PLA fighters would be my first question?

Great work on the report, David. Let's get the recommendations implemented!

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