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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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ALP AND GREENS BLOCK BILL TO PROTECT AUSTRALIANS FROM CRIMINALSLast week in the Senate, the Labor Party moved with the Greens to block the passage of the Morrison Government’s Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill – legislation which strengthens the power to deport a foreign national who is convicted of a serious violent or sexual crime.In 2019, the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee conducted an inquiry into the Bill, and their recommendation was that the Bill be passed – satisfied that the Bill ‘strikes the appropriate balance between the protection of the Australian community and the rights of non-citizens who have committed criminal acts’.The Morrison Government will continue to pursue the passage of this legislation, because we believe Australian citizens deserve to be protected from the criminal behaviour of those unwilling to respect Australia’s laws.Since the Coalition Government was elected in 2013, nearly 10,000 non-citizens have had their visas cancelled or refused on character grounds.More information: bit.ly/3pCgS3rMore information on the Bill: bit.ly/3jEXGOI ... See MoreSee Less

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There have been some very unjust outcomes using, especially under Dutton, the so called character test

Yes Labor & greens what a stupid thing to do. Are you on the side of people who commit crimes. If you are shame shame shame.

I don't know what to say!

STAMP COMMEMORATES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SCHEDULED AIR SERVICEAustralia Post has announced the issue of a new postage stamp to commemorate the centenary of Sir Norman Brearley creating Australia’s first scheduled air service – from Geraldton to Derby, Western Australia – as a significant milestone in the history of Australia’s aviation industry.I commend AusPost for this initiative and the City of Greater Geraldton for coordinating events in December to mark the centenary.This centenary has a personal connection as my great uncle, Lt. Robert Norman Fawcett (pictured, left), was a pilot for one of the three Bristol tourer aircraft on December 5, 1921 – the inaugural flight of Australia’s first scheduled air service. When Brearley (fifth, from left), Fawcett and Leonard Taplin (not pictured) sought to pilot the three aircraft to Derby – approximately a 2,000 kilometre journey – air travel was less than 20 years old.Tragically, Lt. Fawcett’s plane crashed at Murchison House Station, near Kalbarri, on the mid-west coast of WA during the inaugural flight. He and the mechanic Edward Broad aboard the plane were killed.At just 23 years of age at his death, Lt Fawcett had already served his nation in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and in the Australian Flying Corps during WWI – training as a pilot while in Egypt.The bravery and sacrifice of these men is celebrated through the release of a collection of stamps, as their actions paved the way for regular commercial aviation and mail transport. More information: bit.ly/3aWwUMP ... See MoreSee Less

STAMP COMMEMORATES AUSTRALIA’S FIRST SCHEDULED AIR SERVICE
Australia Post has announced the issue of a new postage stamp to commemorate the centenary of Sir Norman Brearley creating Australia’s first scheduled air service – from Geraldton to Derby, Western Australia – as a significant milestone in the history of Australia’s aviation industry.

I commend AusPost for this initiative and the City of Greater Geraldton for coordinating events in December to mark the centenary.

This centenary has a personal connection as my great uncle, Lt. Robert Norman Fawcett (pictured, left), was a pilot for one of the three Bristol tourer aircraft on December 5, 1921 – the inaugural flight of Australia’s first scheduled air service. 

When Brearley (fifth, from left), Fawcett and Leonard Taplin (not pictured) sought to pilot the three aircraft to Derby – approximately a 2,000 kilometre journey – air travel was less than 20 years old.

Tragically, Lt. Fawcett’s plane crashed at Murchison House Station, near Kalbarri, on the mid-west coast of WA during the inaugural flight. He and the mechanic Edward Broad aboard the plane were killed.

At just 23 years of age at his death, Lt Fawcett had already served his nation in the 3rd Light Horse Regiment and in the Australian Flying Corps during WWI – training as a pilot while in Egypt.

The bravery and sacrifice of these men is celebrated through the release of a collection of stamps, as their actions paved the way for regular commercial aviation and mail transport. 

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

They can’t be serious - Greens’ policy to slash Defence capability despite increasing threat to Australia.The Defence Strategic Update of 2020 highlights that Australia’s security environment is changing rapidly, with militarisation, disruptive technological change and grey zone threats making our region less safe, particularly with authoritarian nation-states becoming more aggressive in both their rhetoric and actions. The Strategic Update explains why Australia needs to continue investment in a sovereign defence capability and local industry that can ensure that our military equipment is available for use when we need it, effective against the threats we face, and affordable in the longer term.Given the Greens held the balance of power before the election of the Coalition in 2013, their policy released this week is deeply troubling as it would undermine our ability to defend Australia and protect our national interests. The Greens propose to reduce defence spending to 1% of GDP – more than halving the Morrison Government’s investment in defence. They also propose to remove critical elements of strategic alliances such as AUKUS and ANZUS. See their plan for yourself: bit.ly/3G2qJ8a ... See MoreSee Less

They can’t be serious - Greens’ policy to slash Defence capability despite increasing threat to Australia.

The Defence Strategic Update of 2020 highlights that Australia’s security environment is changing rapidly, with militarisation, disruptive technological change and grey zone threats making our region less safe, particularly with authoritarian nation-states becoming more aggressive in both their rhetoric and actions. 

The Strategic Update explains why Australia needs to continue investment in a sovereign defence capability and local industry that can ensure that our military equipment is available for use when we need it, effective against the threats we face, and affordable in the longer term.

Given the Greens held the balance of power before the election of the Coalition in 2013, their policy released this week is deeply troubling as it would undermine our ability to defend Australia and protect our national interests. The Greens propose to reduce defence spending to 1% of GDP – more than halving the Morrison Government’s investment in defence. They also propose to remove critical elements of strategic alliances such as AUKUS and ANZUS.  

See their plan for yourself: https://bit.ly/3G2qJ8a

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Greens can not be taken seriously - why they get votes to win seats amazes me!!

Next they are going to announce that they will simply put their trust in God alone.

They are an immoral menace.

Not good I guess the two big party's need to pull there finger out then and sort the mess out with lockdowns and mandated Vax then people should have a free choice if not the greens may get in one day people will only take so much ....

Not a threat when you support communism

If they did we’d have no recourse other then go nuclear.

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70% of Australians aged 16 and over have now received both COVID-19 vaccination doses.Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in SA. Over 70% of South Australians have received a first dose, and 60% have received a double dose.While Australia is quickly approaching milestone thresholds as laid out in the National Plan to Transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response, Adelaide’s northern and north-eastern suburbs still have some way to go. I encourage all South Australians to speak with their GP to consider whether a COVID-19 vaccination is right for them.All South Australians over the age of 12 are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccination. Book your vaccination online here: bit.ly/3jKEgY0 or call 1800 020 080. For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout: www.australia.gov.au/For answers to common questions on COVID-19 vaccines: bit.ly/3edp0Ru ... See MoreSee Less

70% of Australians aged 16 and over have now received both COVID-19 vaccination doses.

Over 2 million COVID-19 vaccination doses have been administered in SA. Over 70% of South Australians have received a first dose, and 60% have received a double dose.

While Australia is quickly approaching milestone thresholds as laid out in the National Plan to Transition Australia’s COVID-19 Response, Adelaide’s northern and north-eastern suburbs still have some way to go. I encourage all South Australians to speak with their GP to consider whether a COVID-19 vaccination is right for them.

All South Australians over the age of 12 are eligible for a COVID-19 Vaccination. 

Book your vaccination online here: https://bit.ly/3jKEgY0 or call 1800 020 080. 

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccination rollout: https://www.australia.gov.au/

For answers to common questions on COVID-19 vaccines: https://bit.ly/3edp0Ru

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