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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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The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed in a recent report that the Morrison Government’s JobKeeper program has saved at least 700,000 Australian jobs. More information: bit.ly/3685rq0Independent economic modelling from The University of Adelaide and Curtin University, released this week, estimates approximately 500,000 Australian households were spared the risk of losing their homes or being forced into housing stress as a result of temporary COVID-19 payments, including JobKeeper among others. More information: bit.ly/37cw50hIn response to the economic and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morrison Government has taken decisive action and invested significant funds where necessary to keep Australian businesses afloat and help Australians remain in jobs – creating our Economic Recovery Plan. The 2020/21 Federal Budget commits a further $98 billion to the Economic Recovery Plan, including approximately $74 billion in new measures to create jobs.Our economic recovery is underway. Australia's economy has added 648,500 jobs in the past 5 months, and now 75% of the jobs lost due to COVID-19 have returned. More information on the Morrison Government’s Economic Recovery Plan: ourcomeback.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

The Reserve Bank of Australia has confirmed in a recent report that the Morrison Government’s JobKeeper program has saved at least 700,000 Australian jobs. More information: https://bit.ly/3685rq0

Independent economic modelling from The University of Adelaide and Curtin University, released this week, estimates approximately 500,000 Australian households were spared the risk of losing their homes or being forced into housing stress as a result of temporary COVID-19 payments, including JobKeeper among others. More information: https://bit.ly/37cw50h

In response to the economic and health impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morrison Government has taken decisive action and invested significant funds where necessary to keep Australian businesses afloat and help Australians remain in jobs – creating our Economic Recovery Plan. The 2020/21 Federal Budget commits a further $98 billion to the Economic Recovery Plan, including approximately $74 billion in new measures to create jobs.

Our economic recovery is underway. Australias economy has added 648,500 jobs in the past 5 months, and now 75% of the jobs lost due to COVID-19 have returned. 

More information on the Morrison Government’s Economic Recovery Plan: https://ourcomeback.gov.au/

GOVERNMENTS’ LATEST DEFENCE INNOVATION INVESTMENTThe Australian and South Australian Governments’ are investing in our sovereign defence industry to develop defence capability by encouraging continued innovation, which enables the Australian Defence Force to remain at the cutting edge of defence technology.☑️$10 million in Australian Government funding has been committed to develop new Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications across Information and Cyber, Maritime, Air, Space, and Land defence domains – part of a $32 million Defence Innovation Hub investment over the next 2 years. More information: bit.ly/2J9o4Rk☑️Hunter Class Frigate lead contractor ASC Shipbuilding and Flinders University are set to benefit from the SA Liberal Government’s $5 million investment in a new advanced manufacturing accelerator - ahead of the Hunter Class Frigates prototyping phase commencing in December. Flinders University are also investing $5 million in the program which will test advanced manufacturing technologies for potential deployment at the digital shipyard in Osborne. More information: bit.ly/3q00VSh☑️University of South Australia researchers to collaborate on several new defence satellite projects with Defence Science and Technology, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, SMR, Inovor Technologies, BAE Systems Australia, Flinders University and The University of Adelaide, among others, as part of research which won funding through the South Australian Defence Innovation Partnership Cooperative Research Grants. More information: bit.ly/363JsAuOver the next decade, the Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities. ... See MoreSee Less

GOVERNMENTS’ LATEST DEFENCE INNOVATION INVESTMENT
The Australian and South Australian Governments’ are investing in our sovereign defence industry to develop defence capability by encouraging continued innovation, which enables the Australian Defence Force to remain at the cutting edge of defence technology.

☑️$10 million in Australian Government funding has been committed to develop new Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications across Information and Cyber, Maritime, Air, Space, and Land defence domains – part of a $32 million Defence Innovation Hub investment over the next 2 years. More information: https://bit.ly/2J9o4Rk

☑️Hunter Class Frigate lead contractor ASC Shipbuilding and Flinders University are set to benefit from the SA Liberal Government’s $5 million investment in a new advanced manufacturing accelerator - ahead of the Hunter Class Frigates prototyping phase commencing in December. Flinders University are also investing $5 million in the program which will test advanced manufacturing technologies for potential deployment at the digital shipyard in Osborne. More information: https://bit.ly/3q00VSh

☑️University of South Australia researchers to collaborate on several new defence satellite projects with Defence Science and Technology, Amaero Additive Manufacturing, SMR, Inovor Technologies, BAE Systems Australia, Flinders University and The University of Adelaide, among others, as part of research which won funding through the South Australian Defence Innovation Partnership Cooperative Research Grants. More information: https://bit.ly/363JsAu

Over the next decade, the Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities.

ASC has contributed significantly to the Royal Australian Navy’s ability to achieve worlds-best submarine availability – meaning our Collins Class submarines are available to defend Australia when we need them.Australian businesses, including Adelaide’s Century Engineering, make up over 90% of the sustainment supply chain – managed by ASC and funded by the Australian Government. With over 100 staff, Century Engineering provide high-end engineering and fabrication solutions for the submarines.By engaging Australian industry to support the Collins Class subs, ASC is generating more Australian jobs, and better-quality jobs.Century Engineering have been profiled by ASC, as the first of their Australian supply chain to feature in a video series.Over the next decade, the Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities.More information on the Collins Class sustainment: bit.ly/338XY8c ... See MoreSee Less

SA COVID-19 Response and Restrictions - 22 NovemberUpdated information and more details available here: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

SA COVID-19  Response and Restrictions - 22 November

Updated information and more details available here: www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/

GUARENTEEING THE VETERAN GOLD CARD The Morrison Government has confirmed it will not change eligibility requirements to the Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card which were recommended by the Productivity Commission. The Productivity Commission, in their report A Better Way to Support Veterans, recommended restricting future Gold Card eligibility to veterans with a severe service-related impairment, among other recommendations, effectively meaning no new grants of Gold Cards for veterans’ dependants or a number of other veteran cohorts who are currently entitled. These recommendations are not consistent with our Government’s strong commitment to support the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families, and implement measures that are in their best interests. In coming to this decision, the Government consulted extensively with the veteran community. New support measures for veterans and their families announced in the 2020/21 Federal Budget total more than $340 million, including $101.7 million to improve support for mental and physical health and wellbeing. Over 225,000 veterans and their families are also eligible to receive 2 additional Economic Support Payments of $250 each, in December and March – the result of a $113.2 million investment. Annually, the Australian Government invests a record $11 billion supporting 280,000 veterans and their families.More information on Veteran support measures in the 2020/21 Federal Budget:bit.ly/36QTKmF ... See MoreSee Less

GUARENTEEING THE VETERAN GOLD CARD
 
The Morrison Government has confirmed it will not change eligibility requirements to the Veterans’ Affairs Gold Card which were recommended by the Productivity Commission. 
 
The Productivity Commission, in their report A Better Way to Support Veterans, recommended restricting future Gold Card eligibility to veterans with a severe service-related impairment, among other recommendations, effectively meaning no new grants of Gold Cards for veterans’ dependants or a number of other veteran cohorts who are currently entitled.
 
These recommendations are not consistent with our Government’s strong commitment to support the health and wellbeing of veterans and their families, and implement measures that are in their best interests. In coming to this decision, the Government consulted extensively with the veteran community.
 
New support measures for veterans and their families announced in the 2020/21 Federal Budget total more than $340 million, including $101.7 million to improve support for mental and physical health and wellbeing.
 
Over 225,000 veterans and their families are also eligible to receive 2 additional Economic Support Payments of $250 each, in December and March – the result of a $113.2 million investment.
 
Annually, the Australian Government invests a record $11 billion supporting 280,000 veterans and their families.

More information on Veteran support measures in the 2020/21 Federal Budget:
https://bit.ly/36QTKmF
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