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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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Australia’s economic recovery continues.The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released their latest Labour Force statistics which show that 70,700 jobs were created in March 2021.The employment participation rate - measurement of the number of working age persons who are employed and unemployed but looking for a job – has also increased by 0.2 percentage points over the month, to a record high of 66.3%. In more positive news, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded our economy’s growth outlook in its latest World Economic Outlook – confirming our economy is recovering from the COVID-19 crisis faster and stronger than previously expected.Australia’s economy is forecast to grow by 4.5% in 2021, one percentage point higher than the IMF’s interim outlook in January. The IMF then expects economic growth to reach 2.8% in 2022.Our Government was able to take decisive action and provide targeted, proportionate and effective support during the COVID-19 pandemic because we entered this crisis in a position of economic strength, as a result of our hard work since 2013 to restore balance to Australia’s budget. More information on IMF’s projections: bit.ly/32l71CgMore information on the ABS Labour Force Figures: bit.ly/3wYYqDk ... See MoreSee Less

Australia’s economic recovery continues.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics has released their latest Labour Force statistics which show that 70,700 jobs were created in March 2021.

The employment participation rate - measurement of the number of working age persons who are employed and unemployed but looking for a job – has also increased by 0.2 percentage points over the month, to a record high of 66.3%. 

In more positive news, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has upgraded our economy’s growth outlook in its latest World Economic Outlook – confirming our economy is recovering from the COVID-19 crisis faster and stronger than previously expected.

Australia’s economy is forecast to grow by 4.5% in 2021, one percentage point higher than the IMF’s interim outlook in January. The IMF then expects economic growth to reach 2.8% in 2022.

Our Government was able to take decisive action and provide targeted, proportionate and effective support during the COVID-19 pandemic because we entered this crisis in a position of economic strength, as a result of our hard work since 2013 to restore balance to Australia’s budget. 

More information on IMF’s projections: https://bit.ly/32l71Cg
More information on the ABS Labour Force Figures: https://bit.ly/3wYYqDk

DRIVING PROGRAM AT PARA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED GRANTPara Hills High School’s ‘Driving for Success’ Program has been awarded $10,000 through the Australian Government’s Youth Action Project Grant (YAPG) Scheme.The YAPG Scheme – administered by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) – is being delivered to assist young Australians to bounce back from the impact of the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing challenges with employment, mental health, and transportation. In Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, the Para Hills High School program offers subsidised driving lessons and access to a vehicle for students unable to afford these resources.Given the challenges young people have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, those without an adult in their household able to supervise them or a vehicle to practice in were negatively impacted throughout the year as a result of restrictions. Now restrictions are being eased, programs like ‘Driving for Success’ go some way to bridge the gap for these young people and enable them to pursue their driver’s licence.In response to these challenges of 2020, the YAPG scheme provides between $5,000 and $20,000 to projects that support young people, between the ages of 15 and 24, as they navigate and recover from this challenging period.More information: bit.ly/3mVb69B ... See MoreSee Less

DRIVING PROGRAM AT PARA HILLS HIGH SCHOOL AWARDED GRANT
Para Hills High School’s ‘Driving for Success’ Program has been awarded $10,000 through the Australian Government’s Youth Action Project Grant (YAPG) Scheme.

The YAPG Scheme – administered by the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) – is being delivered to assist young Australians to bounce back from the impact of the 2019/20 Black Summer Bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic, and the ongoing challenges with employment, mental health, and transportation. 

In Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, the Para Hills High School program offers subsidised driving lessons and access to a vehicle for students unable to afford these resources.

Given the challenges young people have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, those without an adult in their household able to supervise them or a vehicle to practice in were negatively impacted throughout the year as a result of restrictions. Now restrictions are being eased, programs like ‘Driving for Success’ go some way to bridge the gap for these young people and enable them to pursue their driver’s licence.

In response to these challenges of 2020, the YAPG scheme provides between $5,000 and $20,000 to projects that support young people, between the ages of 15 and 24, as they navigate and recover from this challenging period.

More information: https://bit.ly/3mVb69B

EXPLORE ADELAIDE’s NEW SPACE DISCOVERY CENTREThe Australian Space Discovery Centre (ASDC) here in Adelaide was officially launched by Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) in late March – enabling the next generation of young Australians to learn more about space, and working in the space industry.You can now take a virtual tour of the ASDC, through the video below. The centre opens to the general public in May, following testing with community groups and other organisations throughout April. To book an ASDC tour: discover.space.gov.au.Located at Lot Fourteen with the Australian Space Agency HQ, the ASDC provides interactive space exhibits and practical advice for those wanting to pursue a career in the growing space sector. The site also contains the recently-opened Responsive Space Operations Centre – developed by SA-based Saber Astronautics and funded by a $6 million Federal Government grant – enabling our local space businesses to track and control their very own missions and satellites, providing critical new capability here in SA. The ASDC, ASA Headquarters and Mission Control Centre have been made possible through the Australian and SA Governments’ $649 million Adelaide City Deal – cementing SA as the space capital of Australia.Since 2018, the Australian Government has invested over $700 million into Australia’s space sector, as part of the Government’s goal to triple the sector’s size to $12 billion and create an additional 20,000 jobs by 2030.More information: bit.ly/3rIIC3S#AusSpaceDiscovery ... See MoreSee Less

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