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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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11 hours ago
Senator David Fawcett

Support for zero-emissions nuclear energy as a part of a balanced energy mix should not be a partisan issue.

Around the world, parties of both the left and the right embrace nuclear as a proven technology that drives down power prices, shores up energy security, and reduces emissions.Last year, Tea Törmänen, a leading environmentalist and member of the Finnish Greens Party criticised Australia’s over-reliance on wind and solar for its clean energy transition—arguing that the approach is “not realistic”.She said that Australia must drop its “dangerous and unscientific” opposition to nuclear power if it is to have any hope of achieving emissions reduction targets without sacrificing its standard of living.In the United Kingdom, Labour is criticising the Conservatives for not going far enough on new nuclear power.They have backed an increasing role for nuclear in the country's future energy mix: "New nuclear power stations, such as Sizewell C, and Small Modular Reactors, will play an important role in helping the UK achieve energy security and clean power while securing thousands of good, skilled jobs."Read more: www.australianeedsnuclear.org.au/#Nuclear #energy #climate #netzero #electricity #costofliving #CostOfLivingCrisis #australia ... See MoreSee Less

Support for zero-emissions nuclear energy as a part of a balanced energy mix should not be a partisan issue.

Around the world, parties of both the left and the right embrace nuclear as a proven technology that drives down power prices, shores up energy security, and reduces emissions.

Last year, Tea Törmänen, a leading environmentalist and member of the Finnish Greens Party criticised Australia’s over-reliance on wind and solar for its clean energy transition—arguing that the approach is “not realistic”.

She said that Australia must drop its “dangerous and unscientific” opposition to nuclear power if it is to have any hope of achieving emissions reduction targets without sacrificing its standard of living.

In the United Kingdom, Labour is criticising the Conservatives for not going far enough on new nuclear power.

They have backed an increasing role for nuclear in the countrys future energy mix: New nuclear power stations, such as Sizewell C, and Small Modular Reactors, will play an important role in helping the UK achieve energy security and clean power while securing thousands of good, skilled jobs.

Read more: https://www.australianeedsnuclear.org.au/

#Nuclear #energy #climate #netzero #electricity #costofliving #CostOfLivingCrisis #australia

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We are not in Europe or North America. Their solutions are not ours.

Bob comes from the true Labor people who were voted in. The current circus is full of traitors and communists. They are happy to destroy vast tracts of land with their renewables which require vast amounts of coal and are all made in China so they can say they are green. Our Children will not see or know the wilderness national parks and farmlands we see and know today. The SMR in the photo is neat and tidy on a small amount of land, you need 100 wind turbines for the same power.

While I am a proponent of nuclear industry, and power in general, the details are scant and cannot be rationally considered as any kind of a policy. The LNP seems to have shifted from a 'free enterprise' model, to a 'nationalized power plant', which is all well and good, but it belies the fact that the LNP has systemically sold off power assets over the years, including the distribution grid. While I would love to see nuclear power here, we may not even have the industrial basis nor population to be able to sustain it. The entire argument however, continues to be undermined by politicians on every stripe of the aisle using it as a point of contention. The only way a nuclear industry is going to happen here, is via absolute bipartisanship. If politicians are only willing to fight to cause difference between them, then the premise doesn't even stand to be regarded. The Australian people deserve better. Especially when the waste issue is so grossly misrepresented. Do you and the opposition leader still stand by such hollow claims of a single coke can of waste? Utterly pathetic. I expect better of you.

Labor’s rhetoric isn’t matched by the reality when it comes to emissions reduction.

◾️ Under the former Coalition Government, Australia’s emissions were 20 per cent lower than in 2005 (the baseline for the Paris Agreement). ◾️ Between 2005 and 2019, Australia reduced our emissions more rapidly than Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. We were on track to reach net zero by 2050.◾️ Under the Albanese Government, emissions have not gone down. They have risen by 1.4 per cent.◾️ The Government’s own climate change authority found that “Australia is not reducing emissions at the rate needed to reach the 2030 target.”Read more about the Coalition’s plan to Get Australia Back on Track: www.liberal.org.au/our-plan#climate #emissions #netzero #energy ... See MoreSee Less

Labor’s rhetoric isn’t matched by the reality when it comes to emissions reduction.

◾️ Under the former Coalition Government, Australia’s emissions were 20 per cent lower than in 2005 (the baseline for the Paris Agreement). 

◾️ Between 2005 and 2019, Australia reduced our emissions more rapidly than Canada, Japan, New Zealand and the United States. We were on track to reach net zero by 2050.

◾️ Under the Albanese Government, emissions have not gone down. They have risen by 1.4 per cent.

◾️ The Government’s own climate change authority found that “Australia is not reducing emissions at the rate needed to reach the 2030 target.”

Read more about the Coalition’s plan to Get Australia Back on Track: https://www.liberal.org.au/our-plan

#climate #emissions #netzero #energyImage attachment

Prof Anne Twomey is one of Australia’s pre-eminent constitutional law experts.

She concludes that in terms of Commonwealth-State relations, there is no constitutional barrier to the Commonwealth Government establishing a nuclear power generation facility in any state or territory of Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

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In the wake of the 7 October terrorist attacks on Israel, Australia has experienced a dramatic surge in incidents of antisemitism and attacks on the Jewish community.

My former federal colleague, Josh Frydenberg, has documented this worrying development in his recent film, “Never Again: The Fight Against Antisemitism”.It is a powerful and confronting documentary, featuring interviews with experts, community members and Australian leaders past and present from both side of the political aisle.The full documentary is freely available on YouTube: youtu.be/7ngva62KPv4 We must continue to stand with the Jewish community and affirm that we will not allow the pre-conditions to develop whereby the terrible events of the Holocaust or 7 October 2023 could be repeated.There is no place for antisemitism in Australia. ... See MoreSee Less

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But the “Holocaust” is happening again, this time in Gaza and the West Bank. “Never again “ should apply to all.

Being totally opposed to what Israel is doing in GAZA is NOT antisemitism. !!!!! It's Anti- Genocide. !!!

Here is a 2010 news episode aired by 60 Minutes Australia about the Gaza tunnels. Australia was saying Palestine is worse than an Australian prison in 2010. And a Zionist terrorist organization blew up the King David Hotel killing British military in Tel Aviv killing British military and attempted to assinate Winston Churchill. m.youtube.com/watch?v=w5iy6ZwqKSk

Kudos to the ABC for not interrupting the former CEO of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), Dr Adi Paterson, during this interview.

Dr Paterson is an acknowledged international expert who is well-placed to detail why the CSIRO GenCost report is misleading in the context of assessing the cost of power to the Australian consumer. A “must listen” if you want the facts on this debate.youtu.be/J50hWO2DKHc?si=PlpLA2KVsqRFs2yh#nuclear #energy #Auspol #facts #Australia ... See MoreSee Less

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5 days ago
Senator David Fawcett

I met this week with Hayley Boswell, founder of charity Defence Kidz, who updated me on the group’s work and recent initiatives.

Defence Kidz creates resources, including books and a forthcoming animation series, to support the children of ADF members and veterans. The resources are designed to help families navigate the unique challenges of military service. They also play an important role educating children and the wider community about Defence life.Find more on their website: defencekidz.com.au/#defence #veterans #ADF ... See MoreSee Less

I met this week with Hayley Boswell, founder of charity Defence Kidz, who updated me on the group’s work and recent initiatives.

Defence Kidz creates resources, including books and a forthcoming animation series, to support the children of ADF members and veterans. 

The resources are designed to help families navigate the unique challenges of military service. They also play an important role educating children and the wider community about Defence life.

Find more on their website: https://defencekidz.com.au/

#defence #veterans #ADF

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Thank you Senator David Fawcett for your support and guidance. It’s greatly appreciated. We look forward to continuing our conversations to better support and empower our defence and veteran communities.

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