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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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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

The Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D) appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade in the 46th Parliament to brief on the work they were undertaking to improved Australia’s engagement in the Pacific. At their reception in Parliament House this week, it was good to receive an overview of the report of their work.Funded by the Australian Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre, AP4D has produced and released reports this year on both Southeast Asia and the Pacific, through their inaugural program, ‘Shaping a shared future — deepening Australia’s influence in Southeast Asia and the Pacific’. This work is the culmination of twelve months of consultations with more than 250 experts from across the development, diplomacy and defence communities. More information: www.asiapacific4d.com/sharedfuture.AP4D’s key focus is on bringing together leaders in the field of international relations to collaborate strategically on Australian international policy development, with an aim to strengthen Australia’s strategic circumstances and ability to influence regional and global developments. A secure and prosperous Pacific region is integral to Australia’s national interests. In the 46th Parliament, the JSCFADT– of which I was then Chair – conducted several separate inquiries relating to Australia’s engagement within the Pacific. These included Australia’s defence relationships with Pacific Island nations, the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific, and relations with Pacific nations through trade, among others to help guide the direction of future decisions towards greater strategic collaboration in our region. The resulting reports on these inquiries are available here: bit.ly/3zukisc ... See MoreSee Less

The Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy & Defence Dialogue (AP4D) appeared before the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs Defence and Trade in the 46th Parliament to brief on the work they were undertaking to improved Australia’s engagement in the Pacific. At their reception in Parliament House this week, it was good to receive an overview of the report of their work.

Funded by the Australian Government’s Australian Civil-Military Centre, AP4D has produced and released reports this year on both Southeast Asia and the Pacific, through their inaugural program, ‘Shaping a shared future — deepening Australia’s influence in Southeast Asia and the Pacific’. This work is the culmination of twelve months of consultations with more than 250 experts from across the development, diplomacy and defence communities. More information: https://www.asiapacific4d.com/sharedfuture.

AP4D’s key focus is on bringing together leaders in the field of international relations to collaborate strategically on Australian international policy development, with an aim to strengthen Australia’s strategic circumstances and ability to influence regional and global developments. 

A secure and prosperous Pacific region is integral to Australia’s national interests. In the 46th Parliament, the JSCFADT– of which I was then Chair – conducted several separate inquiries relating to Australia’s engagement within the Pacific. These included Australia’s defence relationships with Pacific Island nations, the human rights of women and girls in the Pacific, and relations with Pacific nations through trade, among others to help guide the direction of future decisions towards greater strategic collaboration in our region. The resulting reports on these inquiries are available here: https://bit.ly/3zukiscImage attachment

This week in Parliament, it was great to attend the launch of a new book by my colleague Senator Jim Molan called ‘Danger on our Doorstep’.In Senator Molan’s own words, “…the book explores the possibility of conflict in our region and what we can do to prepare. It is a confronting, but necessary, warning against complacency and a call for urgent action both from our leaders and citizens alike.”Over a number of decades Jim has served Australia with distinction as a soldier, leader, pilot and Senator. I commend this book to the Australian public and thank Jim for sharing his insights into the harsh reality of conflict and what may be required to secure Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

This week in Parliament, it was great to attend the launch of a new book by my colleague Senator Jim Molan called ‘Danger on our Doorstep’.

In Senator Molan’s own words, “…the book explores the possibility of conflict in our region and what we can do to prepare. It is a confronting, but necessary, warning against complacency and a call for urgent action both from our leaders and citizens alike.”

Over a number of decades Jim has served Australia with distinction as a soldier, leader, pilot and Senator. 

I commend this book to the Australian public and thank Jim for sharing his insights into the harsh reality of conflict and what may be required to secure Australia.

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Got my copy yesterday; had the honour to work for MAJGEN Molan as his acting J2 for a few months back in late 1999.

I've felt for years that the Government needed to boost our military forces, leaving inadequate if any dangers occurred. I'll be buying this one

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This week, Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price delivered her maiden speech as a Senator for the Northern Territory.I had the privilege of being in the Senate Chamber as she delivered this powerful address.Watch the Senator’s full speech here. ... See MoreSee Less

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Excellent speech! Let’s follow up on ALL of it!

A new page has been turned..Jacinta has the clear eyed passion, grace, honesty and ability to make a positive, contructive difference!!

Well done Jacinta. At least your following like the sheep in parliament that are.

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