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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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Today, Royal Australian Air Force No.24 (City of Adelaide) Squadron exercised its Freedom of Entry to the City of Adelaide – marking 70 years since the City of Adelaide granted the Squadron the right to carry its name.‘Freedom of Entry to the City’ stems from medieval tradition – where city leadership would allow armed personnel to pass through their city, demonstrating trust and confidence – and has come to represent the highest honour that the city can confer on a military unit. No. 24 Squadron has only exercised its Freedom of Entry on 3 previous occasions – 1989, 1994 and 2017.This year, the RAAF celebrates its 100th anniversary. The event is a significant occasion within the Air Force Centenary celebrations in South Australia throughout 2021.More information on today’s Freedom of Entry ceremony: bit.ly/3esiOoUMore information on the history of RAAF: airforce2021.airforce.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) has a message for our Indian-Australian community regarding the temporary travel restrictions for Australian citizens currently in India.The Australian Government is providing support to India to battle the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, a chartered Qantas flight departed Sydney carrying supplies to meet the needs identified by the Indian Government, including 1056 ventilators and 43 oxygen concentrators. Our Government is also providing 1 million surgical masks, 500,000 P2/N95 masks, 100,000 surgical gowns, 100,000 goggles, 100,000 pairs of gloves, and 20,000 face shields. More support is yet to come.More information on the support available to Australians in India: india.highcommission.gov.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

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An Australia citizen should not be denied returning to Australia under any circumstances. On my passport it says quote "and to afford him or her every assistance and protection of which he or she may stand in need of " unquote. Now you are saying these words are hollow and Australia has not got these capabilities. Its sends a very bad message. No other western country has made such a rule.

Our wonderful Prime Minister and his Cabinet protecting Australia..for some people that chose to come to Australia..they have dual citizenship..the country they have visited is often their home country, their country of birth..most have close relatives that they stay with. These are difficult times the virus is being brought in by people coming into Australia from overseas.responsible decisions have now been made to keep Australians safe from the virus that could easily get out of control like India..Humanitarian support to India has been brilliant..from Western countries...there is only so much our medical system and quaratine can cope with in Australia..at any time. The situation in India is unfortunate..a complete lockdown in that country may help stop the spread.

Last week, I addressed the AmCham Australia in Australia Health Trade Delegation Roundtable event, here in Adelaide.2020 marked the 15th Anniversary of the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), and 2-way investment has almost tripled since the AUSFTA came into force.The US is our 3rd-largest two-way trading partner in goods and services, worth $73.9 billion, in 2018. They are also the largest and most significant investor in Australia, accounting for $939 billion of Australia's total foreign investment stock, as of December 2018. The US is also by far Australia's largest foreign investment destination – where Australian businesses invest – accounting for $719 billion of Australia's total overseas investment stock, as of December 2018.However, the bond between our two nations is not simply an economic or diplomatic relationship, but one founded on the mutual belief in freedom, security and human flourishing – forged through shared values and a commitment to fostering security and stability, not just in our respective regions but right around the world.More information on American Chamber of Commerce in Australia: www.amcham.com.au/ ... See MoreSee Less

10-YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR AUSTRALIANS WITH CANCERIn partnership with Cancer Australia, the Australian Government is developing a decade-long Australian Cancer Plan – establishing key national priorities and action areas to improve health outcomes for Australian’s affected by cancer.Health Minister Greg Hunt MP announced the Australian Cancer Plan will include prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care, while providing for the unique needs of specific cancer types and populations.Announced in conjunction with the Plan, our Government is investing an additional $6.7 million to support and improve health outcomes for all Australians affected by cancer. The funding is expected to support a range of initiatives including cancer research, primary cancer care and genomic cancer clinical trials in Australia and national leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer control.In 2020, an estimated 150,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia, with approximately 50,000 Australians tragically passing away.More information: bit.ly/3eaanyo ... See MoreSee Less

10-YEAR PLAN TO IMPROVE HEALTH OUTCOMES FOR AUSTRALIANS WITH CANCER

In partnership with Cancer Australia, the Australian Government is developing a decade-long Australian Cancer Plan – establishing key national priorities and action areas to improve health outcomes for Australian’s affected by cancer.

Health Minister Greg Hunt MP announced the Australian Cancer Plan will include prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and palliative care, while providing for the unique needs of specific cancer types and populations.

Announced in conjunction with the Plan, our Government is investing an additional $6.7 million to support and improve health outcomes for all Australians affected by cancer. The funding is expected to support a range of initiatives including cancer research, primary cancer care and genomic cancer clinical trials in Australia and national leadership in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cancer control.

In 2020, an estimated 150,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in Australia, with approximately 50,000 Australians tragically passing away.

More information: https://bit.ly/3eaanyo

“Human dignity, democracy and community”. In 1963, civil rights activist Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke the famous words: “I have a dream, that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”.Over 50 years later, his message still resonates. On Thursday evening, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) addressed the United Israel Appeal Australia Dinner in Sydney, saying:“In short, to realise true community we must first appreciate each individual human being matters. You matter… We must never surrender the truth that the experience and value of every human being is unique and personal… You are more than your gender, you are more than your race, you are more than your sexuality, you are more than your ethnicity, you are more than your religion, your language group, your age. When we reduce ourselves to a collection of attributes, or divide ourselves, even worse, on this basis, we can lose sight of who we actually are as individual human beings - in all our complexity, in all our wholeness and in all our wonder… And we fail to see the value that other people hold as individuals, with real agency and responsibility.”It is worth reflecting on events throughout history which show that a strong, thriving, democratic community has at its heart, appreciation and respect for human dignity.The full address is available in the video below. Transcript available here: bit.ly/3eLqxgT ... See MoreSee Less

I represented the Prime Minister at the Adelaide Botanic Garden this morning at the 79th commemoration of the courage and service displayed by so many during the Battle of the Coral Sea (4th-8th May 1942). This major naval engagement between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air capabilities of the United States and Australia is significant as the the first major setback for the Imperial Japanese forces and a turning point in the Pacific war. It was also the first major military encounter between forces based on air power operating from aircraft carriers and where the surface ships never actually saw or engaged the enemy. Over these 4 days, 656 Australian and American servicemen paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today. Lest we forget. More information on the Battle of the Coral Sea: bit.ly/3aWCG1l ... See MoreSee Less

I represented the Prime Minister at the Adelaide Botanic Garden this morning at the 79th commemoration of the courage and service displayed by so many during the Battle of the Coral Sea (4th-8th May 1942). This major naval engagement between the Imperial Japanese Navy and naval and air capabilities of the United States and Australia is significant as the the first major setback for the Imperial Japanese forces and a turning point in the Pacific war. 
 
It was also the first major military encounter between forces based on air power operating from aircraft carriers and where the surface ships never actually saw or engaged the enemy. 
 
Over these 4 days, 656 Australian and American servicemen paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today. 
 
Lest we forget. 

More information on the Battle of the Coral Sea: https://bit.ly/3aWCG1l
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