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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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19 hours ago

Senator David Fawcett

NORTHERN CONNECTOR ALMOST COMPLETE

The $885 million Northern Connector project is almost complete and will be open to traffic in just a couple weeks, the result of $708 million Australian Government and $177 million State Government contributions.

The new six lane, 15.5 kilometre project created 480 full-time equivalent jobs each year throughout its construction.

At last Sunday’s community open day, members of the public were able to take a bus tour along the road to see it in its entirety.

The Federal Liberal Government has committed $2.6 billion in the 2019/20 Federal Budget for new road and transport infrastructure projects in SA over the next decade. Since forming government in 2013, we have committed $8.2 billion to SA transport infrastructure.

More on the Northern Connector: dpti.sa.gov.au/nsc/northern_connector
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Adelaide is growing up

AUSTRALIAN SPACE AGENCY HQ OFFICIALLY OPENED

Today, the Australian Space Agency Headquarters were opened by Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo), Premier Steven Marshall and Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews MP at Adelaide’s Lot Fourteen

The ASA’s Mission Control and Space Discovery Centre, also located at Lot Fourteen, will open within the year.

The Federal Liberal Government’s goal is to triple Australia’s space industry to $12 billion and triple the sector workforce to 30,000 jobs by 2030. Today’s opening is a major milestone towards reaching these goals.

More on today’s opening: bit.ly/3258LhU
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Exciting concept... down the track perhaps. Space: The last frontier. Let's 'first frontier' it and create jobs in the renewable energy sector! Let's become world leaders and revive our manufacturing industry... 'electric road trains' Australian Style! Holden on steroids! How's that for an idea? Outer Space so we can retreat when climate change makes parts of earth uninhabitable? There are aged pensioners, living in small housing trust units, paying $1,000 per quarter for electricity. This is a Trump style, Reganesque, proposal and we're tagging along? Please respond Senator David Fawcett. I'd sincerely like to hear your thoughts on this... with respect Sir. 🤔

Space Agency ! Love it !

We need a jobs agency

3 days ago

Senator David Fawcett

NEW COMMUNITY APP AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST

Sharing the occasion with the opening of Gawler Fringe, I represented the Australian Government at the launch yesterday of the Gawler Connected Community smartphone application.

The app – with benefits for local residents, the business community and the Town of Gawler council – is just one part of the project which also includes public Wi-fi and solar panels installed on two council buildings.

The Australian Government committed $250,000 through its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to the project, and the Town of Gawler committed the remainder.

Gawler locals can use the app to shop from local businesses, find their way to local landmarks, pay Council rates, and check roadwork notifications among other functions. It’s available for download now, from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Mayor Redman also kindly gave me a tour of the newly renovated Gawler Town Hall, which I hadn’t seen since its completion. The building honours its significant heritage while adding modern amenities and comfort, allowing it to be fit for community events and functions for decades to come.

More on the Gawler Connected Community project: bit.ly/38ClUBq
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NEW COMMUNITY APP AN AUSTRALIAN FIRST Sharing the occasion with the opening of Gawler Fringe, I represented the Australian Government at the launch yesterday of the Gawler Connected Community smartphone application. The app – with benefits for local residents, the business community and the Town of Gawler council – is just one part of the project which also includes public Wi-fi and solar panels installed on two council buildings. The Australian Government committed $250,000 through its Smart Cities and Suburbs Program to the project, and the Town of Gawler committed the remainder. Gawler locals can use the app to shop from local businesses, find their way to local landmarks, pay Council rates, and check roadwork notifications among other functions. It’s available for download now, from the Apple App Store and Google Play. Mayor Redman also kindly gave me a tour of the newly renovated Gawler Town Hall, which I hadn’t seen since its completion. The building honours its significant heritage while adding modern amenities and comfort, allowing it to be fit for community events and functions for decades to come. More on the Gawler Connected Community project: https://bit.ly/38ClUBqImage attachmentImage attachment

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Good work mate! Keep going 👍🏻

PERU-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NOW IN FORCE

From today, Australian businesses now have improved access to Peru, one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America over the last decade, through the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA).

This FTA will build on Australia's existing two-way trade relationship with Peru – worth $656 million in 2018/19.

Australian producers of sugar, grains, beef and sheep meat and dairy will benefit from the elimination of more than 99% of tariffs within 5 years. Australian sugar exporters will have duty free access for 30,000 tonnes a year – the most market access any sugar exporting country has achieved into Peru in two decades. Dairy farmers now have access, with zero tariffs locked-in on 7,000 tonnes of products.

The Federal Liberal Government has a plan to ensure around 90% of Australia’s trade is covered by free trade agreements by 2022, giving all Australian businesses the opportunity to be competitive in the world market.

A record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018/19 financial year – an increase of more than $66 billion on 2017/18 financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector.

More information on PAFTA: dfat.gov.au/pafta
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PERU-AUSTRALIA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT NOW IN FORCE From today, Australian businesses now have improved access to Peru, one of the fastest growing economies in Latin America over the last decade, through the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA). This FTA will build on Australias existing two-way trade relationship with Peru – worth $656 million in 2018/19. Australian producers of sugar, grains, beef and sheep meat and dairy will benefit from the elimination of more than 99% of tariffs within 5 years. Australian sugar exporters will have duty free access for 30,000 tonnes a year – the most market access any sugar exporting country has achieved into Peru in two decades. Dairy farmers now have access, with zero tariffs locked-in on 7,000 tonnes of products. The Federal Liberal Government has a plan to ensure around 90% of Australia’s trade is covered by free trade agreements by 2022, giving all Australian businesses the opportunity to be competitive in the world market. A record trade surplus of $49.89 billion for the 2018/19 financial year – an increase of more than $66 billion on 2017/18 financial year – demonstrates the benefits which result from our focus on strengthening our export sector. More information on PAFTA: dfat.gov.au/pafta

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