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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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100 MORE SUBMARINE BUILD JOBS IN SAOver the next decade, the Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities – creating and sustaining local jobs throughout our sovereign defence industry.Naval Group Australia has announced a new local jobs package which aims to add 100 new staff by April 2021 – in roles ranging from administration to engineering.Throughout 2021, Naval Group Australia expect to need even more new staff across a range of areas including drafters, welders, ICT professionals, fabrication supervisors, engineers, procurement, legal, commercial and finance professionals, among others.Naval Group Australia expects to employ 1700 people directly when construction peaks by 2028, and thousands more jobs indirectly along the supply chain, to construct the Royal Australian Navy’s 12 Attack Class Submarines. For more information on jobs available with Naval Group Australia, and to apply: naval-group.com.au/careers/As part of the Australian Government’s $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan, 2 Offshore Patrol Vessels, 9 Hunter Class Frigates and 12 Attack Class Submarines are being built in Adelaide. The OPVs are currently under construction and the Frigates and Submarines are in design phases.Local businesses, including Your DC, Acacia Systems and Schneider Electric Australia, are already contracted to supply services and components for Australia’s 12 Attack Class Submarines. Over 100+ businesses recently applied to supply components through Naval Group’s first ‘Local Manufacturing Package’ – worth approximately $900 million. Naval Group Australia encourage local Australian businesses wanting more information about how to get involved with the Attack Class Submarine program to visit: naval-group.com.au/suppliers/ ... See MoreSee Less

The SA Government’s new COVID SAfe Check-In system has now been rolled out throughout South Australia.The free mySA GOV app’s ‘Check-In’ feature allows you to scan a business’s QR code and enables you to securely provide limited personal information, as you enter a business or venue.The data – your contact details – will only be kept for 28 days and will only be released to SA Health for official contact tracing purposes. Businesses will not be able to collect your information for marketing or promotional purposes.It takes less than a minute to check-in, but has the potential to save SA contact tracers hours of tracing work, in the event of a cluster or outbreak.Download the free mySA GOV app from the Apple App Store, here: apple.co/36A3Sl0Or Google Play, here: bit.ly/36vd7TpIf you already have the app, update it to the latest version available to access the COVID SAfe Check-In feature.More information: bit.ly/33El1Ii ... See MoreSee Less

Golden Grove Primary School, in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, has been announced as the national winner of the 2020 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.I called Principal Wendy Moore today to congratulate the school community on this recognition of how they have helped students to engage with Australia’s history and better appreciate those who have served to protect our freedoms. The Anzac Day Schools’ Award is an annual national competition that recognises the creative ways in which primary and secondary students are learning about Australia’s military history.As 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II – commemorated through Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory in the Pacific (VP) Days – WWII was chosen as the theme for this year’s competition. More information: bit.ly/3lrQSBR ... See MoreSee Less

Golden Grove Primary School, in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, has been announced as the national winner of the 2020 Anzac Day Schools’ Awards.

I called Principal Wendy Moore today to congratulate the school community on this recognition of how they have helped students to engage with Australia’s history and better appreciate those who have served to protect our freedoms. 

The Anzac Day Schools’ Award is an annual national competition that recognises the creative ways in which primary and secondary students are learning about Australia’s military history.

As 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary of the end of World War II – commemorated through Victory in Europe (VE) and Victory in the Pacific (VP) Days – WWII was chosen as the theme for this year’s competition. 

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

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HOMEBUILDER EXTENDED TO 31 MARCH 2021The Morrison Government’s successful Homebuilder scheme will now be extended to March 31st 2021, beyond it’s scheduled end in 2020.Contracts signed from 1st January 2021 on projects between $150,000-$750,000 (new builds and major renovations) will be eligible for an adjusted $15,000 grant – in addition to other Government programs including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, state first home owner grants and stamp duty concessions.Master Builders SA and Housing Industry Association - HIA have both affirmed the success of HomeBuilder in stimulating Australia’s construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.Based on research by HIA in September, HomeBuilder led to the highest increase in new SA home sales in 6 years – more than doubling in the previous 3 months – and provided greater security for half a million jobs around Australia, despite the impact of COVID-19.In addition to extending HomeBuilder, the construction commencement deadline is being extended from 3 months to 6 months for all contracts.These changes will maintain momentum from the current scheme, and secure Australian construction jobs through to the first half 2022.More information on HomeBuilder: treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder ... See MoreSee Less

HOMEBUILDER EXTENDED TO 31 MARCH 2021
The Morrison Government’s successful Homebuilder scheme will now be extended to March 31st 2021, beyond it’s scheduled end in 2020.

Contracts signed from 1st January 2021 on projects between $150,000-$750,000 (new builds and major renovations) will be eligible for an adjusted $15,000 grant – in addition to other Government programs including the First Home Loan Deposit Scheme, state first home owner grants and stamp duty concessions.

Master Builders SA and Housing Industry Association - HIA have both affirmed the success of HomeBuilder in stimulating Australia’s construction industry during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on research by HIA in September, HomeBuilder led to the highest increase in new SA home sales in 6 years – more than doubling in the previous 3 months – and provided greater security for half a million jobs around Australia, despite the impact of COVID-19.

In addition to extending HomeBuilder, the construction commencement deadline is being extended from 3 months to 6 months for all contracts.

These changes will maintain momentum from the current scheme, and secure Australian construction jobs through to the first half 2022.

More information on HomeBuilder: https://treasury.gov.au/coronavirus/homebuilder
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