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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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$472 MILLION GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCHMore than 290 projects across Australia will share in $472 million to undertake medical research with the potential to save lives and make Australians healthier.Funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), this investment includes:🔬$399.7 million for 254 Investigator Grants – the NHMRC’s largest scheme – which provides funding over 5 years for the highest performing researchers at all career stages. 🔬$44 million for 17 Centres of Research Excellence over 5 years, to improve research and create better health outcomes.🔬Over $16.5 million awarded to universities and research centres in South Australia.🔬Over $12 million in funding for COVID-19 research, and over $84 million for research in infectious diseases.🔬$4.6 million in targeted funding to support 4 projects for better palliative care.These grants include support for the next generation of research leaders seeking to develop more effective vaccines for respiratory diseases, investigate the missing genetics of rare diseases and help make the revolution in genomic medicine accessible and useful to everyone. More information: bit.ly/3AD0thzMedical research is 1 of 4 pillars of our Government’s Long Term National Health Plan. More information: bit.ly/3o01mxv The Morrison Government’s 2021/22 Federal Budget guarantees essential health services that Australians rely on with record funding of $30 billion for Medicare in this financial year, as well as record funding for 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

$472 MILLION GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN HEALTH AND MEDICAL RESEARCH
More than 290 projects across Australia will share in $472 million to undertake medical research with the potential to save lives and make Australians healthier.

Funded through the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC), this investment includes:
🔬$399.7 million for 254 Investigator Grants – the NHMRC’s largest scheme – which provides funding over 5 years for the highest performing researchers at all career stages. 
🔬$44 million for 17 Centres of Research Excellence over 5 years, to improve research and create better health outcomes.
🔬Over $16.5 million awarded to universities and research centres in South Australia.
🔬Over $12 million in funding for COVID-19 research, and over $84 million for research in infectious diseases.
🔬$4.6 million in targeted funding to support 4 projects for better palliative care.

These grants include support for the next generation of research leaders seeking to develop more effective vaccines for respiratory diseases, investigate the missing genetics of rare diseases and help make the revolution in genomic medicine accessible and useful to everyone. More information: https://bit.ly/3AD0thz

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

The Morrison Government’s 2021/22 Federal Budget guarantees essential health services that Australians rely on with record funding of $30 billion for Medicare in this financial year, as well as record funding for 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

Australia is to be home to Boeing’s first final aircraft assembly line outside North America, producing the Australian designed, engineered and manufactured Loyal Wingman.Boeing Australia has announced that the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft is to be produced and assembled at the soon-to-be established ‘Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct’ at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport in Queensland.Developed by Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System for the Royal Australian Air Force, in Boeing’s largest investment in an unmanned aircraft outside of the US, the Loyal Wingman is the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.In light of the recent AUKUS deal, this collaboration between Defence Australia and The Boeing Company is a prime example of what can be achieved when Australian innovation and expertise is complemented by an established defence contractor and supported by our Government’s investment.Defence Australia has invested $40 million into the project over 4 years, with involvement from more than 35 Australian defence industry businesses across 4 states.In addition to its use with the RAAF, Boeing also developed the aircraft for the global export market – creating 100 new hi-tech jobs in aerospace engineering and design here in Australia, as a result of the project.BAE Systems Australia has more than a dozen staff working to supply the aircraft's unmanned flight vehicle management solution and simulation capability.Boeing Australia is currently developing six aircraft in partnership with the RAAF, with flight testing underway at Woomera, South Australia. This further testing will prove the platform and examine how autonomous unmanned aircraft like the Loyal Wingman can enhance the operational capability of existing manned aircraft such as Australia’s F-35, Super Hornet, Growler and E-7 Wedgetail.More information: bit.ly/2XHPkhe ... See MoreSee Less

Australia is to be home to Boeing’s first final aircraft assembly line outside North America, producing the Australian designed, engineered and manufactured Loyal Wingman.

Boeing Australia has announced that the Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraft is to be produced and assembled at the soon-to-be established ‘Wellcamp Aerospace and Defence Precinct’ at Toowoomba Wellcamp Airport in Queensland.

Developed by Boeing’s Airpower Teaming System for the Royal Australian Air Force, in Boeing’s largest investment in an unmanned aircraft outside of the US, the Loyal Wingman is the first military aircraft to be designed, engineered and manufactured in Australia in more than 50 years.

In light of the recent AUKUS deal, this collaboration between Defence Australia and The Boeing Company is a prime example of what can be achieved when Australian innovation and expertise is complemented by an established defence contractor and supported by our Government’s investment.

Defence Australia has invested $40 million into the project over 4 years, with involvement from more than 35 Australian defence industry businesses across 4 states.

In addition to its use with the RAAF, Boeing also developed the aircraft for the global export market – creating 100 new hi-tech jobs in aerospace engineering and design here in Australia, as a result of the project.

BAE Systems Australia has more than a dozen staff working to supply the aircrafts unmanned flight vehicle management solution and simulation capability.

Boeing Australia is currently developing six aircraft in partnership with the RAAF, with flight testing underway at Woomera, South Australia. This further testing will prove the platform and examine how autonomous unmanned aircraft like the Loyal Wingman can enhance the operational capability of existing manned aircraft such as Australia’s F-35, Super Hornet, Growler and E-7 Wedgetail.

More information: https://bit.ly/2XHPkhe

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MORE TO SEE FROM AUKUS DEFENCE CAPABILITY UPGRADESWhile news of the new nuclear-powered submarine fleet, Collins Class Full-Cycle Docking and Life-of-Type Extension has captured the majority of media headlines, you may have missed the other significant announcements made as part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo)’s AUKUS launch which demonstrate our Government’s commitment to maintaining a technological edge in the Indo-Pacific region.This historic AUKUS partnership also includes a commitment to acquire additional long-range strike capabilities for our ADF across land, air, and maritime domains. This upgraded defence capability includes:☑️Air Warfare Destroyer combat management system upgrade, worth $5.1 billion, commencing in 2024 at Osborne Naval Shipyard – creating 300 jobs;☑️Tomahawk Cruise Missiles for our Air Warfare Destroyers, enabling maritime assets to strike targets precisely from approximately 1,600 km away;☑️Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with a 900 km range for our F/A-18 A/B Hornets and in future, for our F-35 aircraft;☑️Long-range anti-ship missiles with extended range for our F/A-18F Super Hornets;☑️Precision strike-guided missiles for our land forces to neutralise and suppress diverse targets over 400km; and,☑️Re-commitment to collaborate on the development of hypersonic missiles.Additionally, the tender-process has commenced for our Sovereign-Guided Weapons Manufacturing Enterprise (SGWME), as the $1 billion in funding for its development has been fast-tracked.Once complete, the SGWME is expected to secure and enhance the ADF’s operational capacity and supply of weapon stock holdings to sustain combat operations, should there be disruptions in the global supply chain. Over the next twenty years, the SGWME is predicted to be worth up to $40 billion in local production and exports and could create more than 2,000 local jobs in locations across Australia. More information: bit.ly/2XOwd5c ... See MoreSee Less

MORE TO SEE FROM AUKUS DEFENCE CAPABILITY UPGRADES
While news of the new nuclear-powered submarine fleet, Collins Class Full-Cycle Docking and Life-of-Type Extension has captured the majority of media headlines, you may have missed the other significant announcements made as part of Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo)’s AUKUS launch which demonstrate our Government’s commitment to maintaining a technological edge in the Indo-Pacific region.

This historic AUKUS partnership also includes a commitment to acquire additional long-range strike capabilities for our ADF across land, air, and maritime domains. This upgraded defence capability includes:

☑️Air Warfare Destroyer combat management system upgrade, worth $5.1 billion, commencing in 2024 at Osborne Naval Shipyard – creating 300 jobs;
☑️Tomahawk Cruise Missiles for our Air Warfare Destroyers, enabling maritime assets to strike targets precisely from approximately 1,600 km away;
☑️Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles with a 900 km range for our F/A-18 A/B Hornets and in future, for our F-35 aircraft;
☑️Long-range anti-ship missiles with extended range for our F/A-18F Super Hornets;
☑️Precision strike-guided missiles for our land forces to neutralise and suppress diverse targets over 400km; and,
☑️Re-commitment to collaborate on the development of hypersonic missiles.

Additionally, the tender-process has commenced for our Sovereign-Guided Weapons Manufacturing Enterprise (SGWME), as the $1 billion in funding for its development has been fast-tracked.

Once complete, the SGWME is expected to secure and enhance the ADF’s operational capacity and supply of weapon stock holdings to sustain combat operations, should there be disruptions in the global supply chain. Over the next twenty years, the SGWME is predicted to be worth up to $40 billion in local production and exports and could create more than 2,000 local jobs in locations across Australia. More information: https://bit.ly/2XOwd5c

WHY THE HISTORIC SECURITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AUSTRALIA, US, AND UK?The Strategic Update 2020 makes it clear that security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region have grown significantly. Military modernisation is occurring at an unprecedented rate and capabilities are rapidly advancing and their reach expanding. The technological edge enjoyed by Australia and our partners is narrowing.For over a century, Australia has worked with the United Kingdom and United States along with other important allies and partners to promote security, stability and prosperity in our respective regions. With the Indo-Pacific region now facing the most consequential strategic realignment since WWII, partnership with likeminded nations reinforces Australia’s commitment to protecting our values and the international, rules-based order.That is why last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo), the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States announced an enhanced, trilateral security partnership – AUKUS – in a joint effort to meet security challenges and deter threats posed in the Indo-Pacific region.Priorities of AUKUS include diplomatic, security and defence cooperation on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and new undersea capabilities – complementing other partnerships and regional intelligence-sharing arrangements through which Australia engages with other like-minded nations, such as Five Eyes and the Quad among others.The first initiative of AUKUS is to deliver at least 8 nuclear-powered submarines for Australia – leveraging decades of experience from our AUKUS partners. More information: bit.ly/2XmJxOk ... See MoreSee Less

WHY THE HISTORIC SECURITY PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN AUSTRALIA, US, AND UK?

The Strategic Update 2020 makes it clear that security challenges in the Indo-Pacific region have grown significantly. 

Military modernisation is occurring at an unprecedented rate and capabilities are rapidly advancing and their reach expanding. 

The technological edge enjoyed by Australia and our partners is narrowing.

For over a century, Australia has worked with the United Kingdom and United States along with other important allies and partners to promote security, stability and prosperity in our respective regions. With the Indo-Pacific region now facing the most consequential strategic realignment since WWII, partnership with likeminded nations reinforces Australia’s commitment to protecting our values and the international, rules-based order.

That is why last week, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo), the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the President of the United States announced an enhanced, trilateral security partnership – AUKUS – in a joint effort to meet security challenges and deter threats posed in the Indo-Pacific region.

Priorities of AUKUS include diplomatic, security and defence cooperation on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum computing and new undersea capabilities – complementing other partnerships and regional intelligence-sharing arrangements through which Australia engages with other like-minded nations, such as Five Eyes and the Quad among others.

The first initiative of AUKUS is to deliver at least 8 nuclear-powered submarines for Australia – leveraging decades of experience from our AUKUS partners. 

More information: https://bit.ly/2XmJxOk

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Carrying greater significance in light of the formation of AUKUS, this week I delivered the keynote address at the AmCham Australia - Defence luncheon. The overarching theme of the AMCHAM event was “Building our Sovereign Defence Industry Capability”.The Strategic Update of 2020 highlights the need for Australia to invest in a sovereign defence industry that can ensure that our military equipment is available for use when we need it, effective against the threats we face, and affordable in the longer term.While Australia continues to benefit from US investment in military capability, it is clear that Australia has innovative and effective capability to offer the US as well. As we mark the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty and the creation of AUKUS, our close relationship with the US will be enhanced by actively leveraging the legal framework known as the US National Technology and Industrial Base (NTIB) – a US policy framework created to advance relationships between the defence-related R&D sectors of allies including the UK and Australia.It is in the interests of the US that their legal framework underpinning the NTIB be leveraged to ensure that the Australian industrial base not only supports the ADF, but can export innovative products to like-minded partners such as the US and UK, acting as a force multiplier for nations collaborating to maintain peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region. ... See MoreSee Less

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David, I hope AUKUS provides some relief for us from the rigours of Export Compliance and ITARs. They presented big hurdles and major drivers of inefficiencies on the Wedgetail project. Need to ensure US State Department is on board!

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