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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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In May, the Cruising Yacht Club of South Australia (CYCSA), ADF Sailing, Invictus Australia and Saltwater Veterans came together to run the first ADF and Veterans Sailing Regatta – open to former and current serving ADF members. Participants tried their hand at race sailing, with the help of a qualified instructor and training on the day.Sail training has proven to be a vehicle towards rehabilitation – assisting many current and former ADF personnel move beyond injuries sustained during their service. It was great to attend the regatta and see the teams work together – enjoying the comradery that team sailing encourages.CYCSA also support the Invictus Pathways Program ‘Setting a New Course’ which is a longer-form sail training program, that offers veterans the chance to achieve a qualification accredited by the Royal Yachting Association and benefit from the social connection established through the program. For the last module, participants spend 3 day and 2 nights at sea – putting their newly learned skills to the test. For an Expression of Interest, email [email protected] SettiUniversity of South Australiaby the University of South Australia's Invictus Pathways Program, CYCSA, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. More information: www.unisa.edu.au/invictusThanks for CYCSA for the video. ... See MoreSee Less

MORRISON GOVERNMENT GROWING SOVEREIGN MANUFACTURING The Morrison Government is backing the growth of Australian manufacturing by implementing tax-relief and investment incentives for businesses, supporting training and upskilling through record funding, and continuing to deliver under our $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS).A re-elected Morrison Government will, among other measures: ⚙️Continue the $270 billion investment in Defence to upgrade our defence capability, and growing our sovereign defence industry.⚙️Invest a further $750 million in our 6 National Manufacturing Priorities. ⚙️Expand the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative to help regional businesses to address vulnerabilities and make our manufacturing supply chains more resilient. More information: bit.ly/3sxm0GN⚙️Provide $2.8 billion in additional incentives to train the next generation of apprentices and trainees.⚙️Support small manufacturers through an expanded Instant Asset Write Off, and tax incentives to upskill employees and digitalise their operations.Within the MMS, there are 6 National Manufacturing Priorities – medical products, defence, food and beverage, resources technology and critical minerals processing, recycling and clean energy, and space. The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is part of our Government’s MMS. More information on the MMS: bit.ly/3KPXw1LThe Morrison Government is backing SA manufacturers to grow their businesses, create more jobs and compete internationally as part of its plan for a strong economy and a stronger future. Sharing in more than $48 million of funding through Round 2 of the Integration and Translation Streams of the MMI, our Government has announced grant funding for 7 SA manufacturing businesses to find new opportunities in new markets and turn innovative ideas into a reality. Among the SA grant recipients are Southern Launch, Inovor Technologies, Bickford’s Australia, and Mayne Pharmaceuticals, among others.Under the MMS, an additional 3,300 Australian manufacturing businesses have been created since 2019, manufacturing business turnover is increasing and is at its highest level since 2010, and manufacturing businesses are more profitable. More information on the Morrison Government’s plan for Australian manufacturing: bit.ly/3Pv5bGc ... See MoreSee Less

MORRISON GOVERNMENT GROWING SOVEREIGN MANUFACTURING 
The Morrison Government is backing the growth of Australian manufacturing by implementing tax-relief and investment incentives for businesses, supporting training and upskilling through record funding, and continuing to deliver under our $2.5 billion Modern Manufacturing Strategy (MMS).

A re-elected Morrison Government will, among other measures: 
⚙️Continue the $270 billion investment in Defence to upgrade our defence capability, and growing our sovereign defence industry.
⚙️Invest a further $750 million in our 6 National Manufacturing Priorities. 
⚙️Expand the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative to help regional businesses to address vulnerabilities and make our manufacturing supply chains more resilient. More information: https://bit.ly/3sxm0GN
⚙️Provide $2.8 billion in additional incentives to train the next generation of apprentices and trainees.
⚙️Support small manufacturers through an expanded Instant Asset Write Off, and tax incentives to upskill employees and digitalise their operations.

Within the MMS, there are 6 National Manufacturing Priorities – medical products, defence, food and beverage, resources technology and critical minerals processing, recycling and clean energy, and space. The Modern Manufacturing Initiative (MMI) is part of our Government’s MMS. More information on the MMS: https://bit.ly/3KPXw1L

The Morrison Government is backing SA manufacturers to grow their businesses, create more jobs and compete internationally as part of its plan for a strong economy and a stronger future. Sharing in more than $48 million of funding through Round 2 of the Integration and Translation Streams of the MMI, our Government has announced grant funding for 7 SA manufacturing businesses to find new opportunities in new markets and turn innovative ideas into a reality. Among the SA grant recipients are Southern Launch, Inovor Technologies, Bickford’s Australia, and Mayne Pharmaceuticals, among others.

Under the MMS, an additional 3,300 Australian manufacturing businesses have been created since 2019, manufacturing business turnover is increasing and is at its highest level since 2010, and manufacturing businesses are more profitable. 

More information on the Morrison Government’s plan for Australian manufacturing: https://bit.ly/3Pv5bGc

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That's great and all, but utterly meaningless if you don't lift the pay rate of the people in those jobs to an acceptable level. Which your party is on the record repeatedly as saying they're not going to do. You went last on my ballot by the way.

Pity this wasn't promoted more during the election lead up to make folk aware of what Govt has and will do. Too little too late

But you won't bring back car manufacturing to SA.

As if I will ever beleive labour or liberals again. Lies lies and more lies

to late most of the major manufacturing has already left Australia re introduce tariffs to bring it back there is no other way.

what a load of crap

You are Liberal. Telling Lies again. Wouldn't trust you in a Fit.

I'd like a federal ICAC and for truthful advertising laws to apply to politicians. Can you do that?

i heard they are thinking about manufacturing cars here

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This is such a lie, how can you get away with this. Liberals have gutted manufacturing all over Australia and even outsourced labour from other countries to pay less. Liberals are disgusting.

The same government that deliberately killed Australia's car manufacturing is now backing Australian manufacturing. No end of irony! 😉

After closing the TAFE colleges you are joking?

Not interested in the Libs scomo has no interest in the ordinary Australian only the business people.

After spending decades trashing manufacturing and taunting the car industry out of Australia! Utterly shameless!

Would be easier to believe if it wasn’t for witnessing the systematic dismantling of Australian manufacturing over the last 15 years

Dear Senator Fawcett, I live in the north of Adelaide ... there is great place to innovate and build Electric and Hybrid Cars. The site has been available for a few years now. Oops sorry wrong innovation. There is a great place to build submarines, you know the ones self proclaimed The Fixer guaranteed! Wasn't Mr Pyne, The Fixer, one of your team's innovations? So how much of the three decade build plan for the new submarines will be in Adelaide? Seriously.

First you kick out manufacturing and now nine long years later you claim to want to bring it back…..I call bullshite

A TRILLION in DEBT and nothing but LIES, RORTS AND DEBTS to show for it! Put Labor above Liberal for integrity and to bring back manufacturing! #PuttheLiberalslast

you know you are going to have to Dump Morrison dont you ,,he is toxic

I can't believe David that all the time you spent in the military taught you to back someone with nil integrity.....Morrison is a liar

You spelt foreign wrong.

What a joke

Too late

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STRONG ECONOMY MEANS A STRONGER PBSMore than 2,900 new or amended listings have been made on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS), since the Federal Liberal Government formed in 2013 – through the investment of over $16.5 billion.Our Government is continuing our policy to list all medicines on the PBS that are recommended by the medical experts.This stands in stark contrast to Labor’s track record. Under the last Labor Government, they couldn’t afford to fund all the medications that were recommended. Labor’s Health Portfolio Budget Statement in 2011/12 says: ““…given the current fiscal environment, the listing of some medicines would be deferred until fiscal circumstances permit.”Our Government is able to guarantee Australians access to medication because of our strong economic management.From 1 January next year, a re-elected Morrison Government will cut the maximum price of medications listed on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) - reducing the cost per script to 2008 prices.Australians taking one medication a month could save approximately $120 a year. The $10 reduction per general script means the maximum price Australians will pay for PBS medicines drops from $42.50 down to $32.50. More information: bit.ly/3KzGJQlIn the 2022/23 Federal Budget, our Government is investing $45.5 billion over 4 years in the PBS.Through the 2022 Budget, we’re investing $525 million to lower the threshold for the PBS Safety Net, saving more than 2.4 million Australians over $80 a year.Our Government’s $132 billion health portfolio investment in 2022/23 – growing to $140 billion in 2025/26 – guarantees Medicare and the PBS, record hospital funding and delivers more mental health services, more support through your doctor and more medical research. More information: bit.ly/3uW1xwV ... See MoreSee Less

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 48 YEAR LOW IN LATEST ABS DATA A strong economy creates more opportunities for Australians to find work.According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today, Australia’s unemployment rate fell to a 48-year low – 3.9% during April 2022. Predictions through the COVID-19 pandemic speculated that unemployment could go as high as 15%.The underemployment rate also decreased to 6.1% – with monthly hours worked increased by 23 million hours.More on the ABS statistics: bit.ly/3sNMHXFSince the Federal Liberal Government was elected in 2013, approximately 1.9 million more Australians are in work – two-thirds of which are full-time.Our Government’s record on job creation stands in stark contrast to Labor. When Labor last came to office, the unemployment rate was a little over 4% and when they left government 6 years later, unemployment was 5.7% – with higher rates of welfare dependency.The Morrison Government has a plan for more Australian jobs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that a re-elected Morrison Government will create another 1.3 million jobs over the next 5 years– underpinned by support for small businesses, skills training, domestic manufacturing, and more. Among other measures, our plan will also:✔️Back small businesses with tax incentives to embrace the digital economy and upskill and train their employees;✔️Ensure Australians have the skills they need through an additional $3.7 billion to support 800,000 new training positions; and,✔️Provide $2.8 billion in additional incentives to train the next generation of apprentices and trainees.More information: bit.ly/3KNlGKXIt is because of the Government’s hard work – ensuring that our economy remains strong and secure, and growing Australian jobs – that we can continue to guarantee the essential services on which Australians rely, such as health, education, and national security. ... See MoreSee Less

UNEMPLOYMENT RATE AT 48 YEAR LOW IN LATEST ABS DATA 

A strong economy creates more opportunities for Australians to find work.

According to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data released today, Australia’s unemployment rate fell to a 48-year low – 3.9% during April 2022. Predictions through the COVID-19 pandemic speculated that unemployment could go as high as 15%.

The underemployment rate also decreased to 6.1% – with monthly hours worked increased by 23 million hours.

More on the ABS statistics: https://bit.ly/3sNMHXF

Since the Federal Liberal Government was elected in 2013, approximately 1.9 million more Australians are in work – two-thirds of which are full-time.

Our Government’s record on job creation stands in stark contrast to Labor. When Labor last came to office, the unemployment rate was a little over 4% and when they left government 6 years later, unemployment was 5.7% – with higher rates of welfare dependency.

The Morrison Government has a plan for more Australian jobs. Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that a re-elected Morrison Government will create another 1.3 million jobs over the next 5 years– underpinned by support for small businesses, skills training, domestic manufacturing, and more.  Among other measures, our plan will also:
✔️Back small businesses with tax incentives to embrace the digital economy and upskill and train their employees;
✔️Ensure Australians have the skills they need through an additional $3.7 billion to support 800,000 new training positions; and,
✔️Provide $2.8 billion in additional incentives to train the next generation of apprentices and trainees.

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

It is because of the Government’s hard work – ensuring that our economy remains strong and secure, and growing Australian jobs – that we can continue to guarantee the essential services on which Australians rely, such as health, education, and national security.Image attachment

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People working 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet 👍

Under-employment at an all time high. You lot have supposedly created thousands of jobs, but we all need three of them just to pay the rent.

How many are on a full time liveable wage? How many people need to have 2 jobs just to be able to afford their rent let alone all other living expenses?

A strong economy based on people still needing to spend money to live. The fact that they don’t really have the money to afford living doesn’t come into play with your lot. How about focus on wages going backward against the cost of living, rather than a stat like that.

All the people who have lost their jobs through the Mandates are not represented in these figures as they are not registered until after the election.

what a lot of wingers on this site, don,t they realise Australia IS the best country in the world, if you don,t like it LIVE somewhere else, some of you people have had it too easy for far too long

Don’t worry 😉 it will get higher as interest rates and all goes up ..

Yea! ...how many are on a contract as opposed to ongoing ...Try getting a loan on contract employment.But hey in your eyes employment is employment

Well where's the incentive to get a bludger get off his arse when the dole isn't much less than the minimum wage??

With all due respect Senator Fawcett, or whoever posts on your page on your behalf, we both know this figure by itself is absolutely and utterly meaningless and if you don't then you should. Employment, unemployment, underemployment, earning a living wage, minimum wage etc can never be summarised with a single statistic. I'm sick of politicians cherry picking a single statistic to make an erroneous claim about a much bigger and more complex picture. Either this approach is being deliberately deceitful or you are laying bare your lack of understanding of the science of statistics, particularly statistics to fully describe an aspect of the social landscape. So if it is being deceitful, this disgusting or if it is you don't understand how to use this statistic then our trust in the government is even more worrying that it already is. Let's look at this statistic, 3.9% unemployment. What it actual means is, 1 out of 25 to 26 Australians of working age who is either working or looking for work, does not work for 1 or more hours a week. That's it. Full stop. It doesn't tell us anything more. If you can provide more statistics such as how many of the 25 to 26 Australians actually earn a liveable wage, how many of the 25 to 26 Australians are underemployed, how many of the 25 to 26 Australians earn the minimum wage (which has not kept up with inflation), how many of the 25 to 26 Australian's need to work more than 2 or 3 jobs to survive and how many of the 25 to 26 Australians have secure employment we can begin to have a meaningful conversation. Simply stating the unemployment rate based on "have you worked for an hour on more this week" is a waste of time and means nothing. This 3.9% does not count the people who have given up looking for work. Not all who read fanciful claims are innumerate!

In 2013, Australia had 23.13 million people. Today, we have approximately 25.92 million people. So we have basically 2.8 million more people with 1.9 million more jobs, so we’re 900k jobs worse off than population gain

so what good jobs have we gained to get this rapid decrease, it usually comes a bit before christmas so the pollies can flap their gums, then ends a little after christmas, i wonder why.

Nobody believes this bullshit. Other polls put the real figure being more like 9%.

How's that underemployment figure?

be thankful you have a job. if you have to work more than one - that might be a you problem and not everyone else's. i used to work 4 till i found the right one after upskilling. you dont need to work hard you need to get smart. again thats a you problem. if you think your doing enough - your probably not and are just winging loafer.

What about the way Centrelink are treating older unemployed!Over 60s expected to keep up with so called‘Mutual’ Obligations not mutual at all,all one sided,and people on disability restrictions,kept on the lesser Jobseeker.Either put them on Disability Support Pension or lower the retirement age.Treated with contempt and no compassion.It’s almost impossible to attain.

Bet 48 years ago they didn’t consider a few hours a week employed. It’s like comparing an apple to a pear. I can believe some people are buying the bs?

You don't mention the underemplyment figure is that also a record again? The only honest way to report employment is hours worked per week divided by 38 that is the number of jobs. Your government has achieved 2 things increased employment and increased underemplyment actual hours worked is now much less than it was before your government came to power.

Laurence Quinn there's no doubt about being the best country in the world but the question is could it be better ? Over 60% of Australians consider corruption a problem, I'm one of them and we were promised an integrity commision. The one Morrison wanted wouldn't have public hearings, wouldn't release findings to the public, wouldn't be able to take tip offs from the public, wouldn't be able to investigate matters over $100 million and would be able to investigate politicians or their department. It was so weak that a former Victorian judge described it as not exposing corruption but would effectively hide corruption. Even members of the liberal party threatened to cross the floor if put to a vote.

Are they not bringing workers in from over seas ? .

Yeh sure, keep SCREWING the workers to make the rich RICHER 😡😡😡

Time they came up with a figure for UNDER EMPLOYMENT and that would be around 40%. These BS figures are just rubbery figures.

Absolute bullshit. Typical government , Piss on the people and tell them it's raining !

ABS absolute bull shit data.....

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Some exciting news, a re-elected Liberal Government has committed $85,000 to the Tea Tree Gully sporting club for a brand new Digital score board and some new digital monitors for the club rooms. Special thanks to Alan Howard-Jones - Liberal for Makin for getting behind the Gullies and showing his support. ❤️🖤 ... See MoreSee Less

$24 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY CARE AND REDUCE WAIT TIMESThe Morrison Government has announced $24 million to be distributed across 10 innovative research projects focussed on improving emergency care and reducing wait times for Australians presenting to emergency departments. Funding for 3 South Australian-based projects totals more than $5.1 million and includes:✔️$1,116,756 for Flinders University to partner with consumers to implement a digitally enabled geriatric urgent care unit to improve hospital flow;✔️$2,919,835 for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Ltd (SAHMRI) to use a State-wide Learning Health System for the rapid deployment, evaluation and translation of new models of care in South Australia to reduce pressure on emergency departments and acute care; and, ✔️$1,075,421 for The University of Adelaide to improve acute atrial fibrillation management for better patient outcomes.Our Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is providing a steady pipeline of funding across the decade to support world-leading Australian medical research and the translation of research outcomes into evidence-based practice. More information on this announcement: bit.ly/3MiM8wYMedical research funding is part of our Government’s record $132 billion investment in health through the 2022/23 Federal Budget. The Budget delivers a record $1.7 billion for South Australian hospitals, up from $1.6 billion in 2021/22 – approximately a 70% increase since the Government came to office in 2013.Under a Federal Liberal Government, $537 billion is being invested over the next 4 years in Australia’s health system. ... See MoreSee Less

$24 MILLION FOR RESEARCH TO IMPROVE EMERGENCY CARE AND REDUCE WAIT TIMES

The Morrison Government has announced $24 million to be distributed across 10 innovative research projects focussed on improving emergency care and reducing wait times for Australians presenting to emergency departments. Funding for 3 South Australian-based projects totals more than $5.1 million and includes:

✔️$1,116,756 for Flinders University to partner with consumers to implement a digitally enabled geriatric urgent care unit to improve hospital flow;
✔️$2,919,835 for the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute Ltd (SAHMRI) to use a State-wide Learning Health System for the rapid deployment, evaluation and translation of new models of care in South Australia to reduce pressure on emergency departments and acute care; and, 
✔️$1,075,421 for The University of Adelaide to improve acute atrial fibrillation management for better patient outcomes.

Our Government’s $20 billion Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF) is providing a steady pipeline of funding across the decade to support world-leading Australian medical research and the translation of research outcomes into evidence-based practice. 

More information on this announcement: https://bit.ly/3MiM8wY

Medical research funding is part of our Government’s record $132 billion investment in health through the 2022/23 Federal Budget. The Budget delivers a record $1.7 billion for South Australian hospitals, up from $1.6 billion in 2021/22 – approximately a 70% increase since the Government came to office in 2013.

Under a Federal Liberal Government, $537 billion is being invested over the next 4 years in Australia’s health system.
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