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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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SUPPORTING ROAD SAFETY AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN ADELAIDE’S NORTHEAST The Morrison Government has approved funding to improve 20 dangerous crash sites on South Australian roads, as part of the $1.1 billion Black Spot Program. The Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a comparatively high number of serious crashes are known to have occurred, or are at risk of occurring. Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs are set to benefit, with the Martins Road and Ryans Road intersection in Green Fields receiving $475,000 to modify existing approaches and circulating path of the 4-way roundabout. Additionally, the Morrison Government has also approved $1 billion in funding for Phase 3 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) – supporting local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects. Through LRCI’s Phase 3, the following councils in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs have been allocated funds to start construction projects, sustaining local jobs and economic growth:✔️City of Salisbury, SA, Australia – $3,367,692 ✔️City of Tea Tree Gully – $2,427,502 ✔️City of Port Adelaide Enfield – $2,904,530LRCI’s Phase 2 has supported 19 local road and community infrastructure projects across the 3 Council areas in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs. These projects are now underway, and all expect to be completed by December 2021. Through increased funding and support for the Black Spot and LRCI programs, the Morrison Government is seeking to improve amenity, support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, it will also fund projects to improve road safety on local roads, helping South Australians get home safer and sooner.More information on the Black Spot Program: bit.ly/3wXU2mSMore information on LRCI: bit.ly/3iCdLDu ... See MoreSee Less

SUPPORTING ROAD SAFETY AND COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE IN ADELAIDE’S NORTHEAST 
The Morrison Government has approved funding to improve 20 dangerous crash sites on South Australian roads, as part of the $1.1 billion Black Spot Program. 

The Program funds safety measures such as traffic signals and roundabouts at locations where a comparatively high number of serious crashes are known to have occurred, or are at risk of occurring. 

Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs are set to benefit, with the Martins Road and Ryans Road intersection in Green Fields receiving $475,000 to modify existing approaches and circulating path of the 4-way roundabout. 

Additionally, the Morrison Government has also approved $1 billion in funding for Phase 3 of the Local Roads and Community Infrastructure Program (LRCI) – supporting local councils to deliver priority local road and community infrastructure projects. Through LRCI’s Phase 3, the following councils in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs have been allocated funds to start construction projects, sustaining local jobs and economic growth:

✔️City of Salisbury, SA, Australia – $3,367,692 
✔️City of Tea Tree Gully – $2,427,502 
✔️City of Port Adelaide Enfield – $2,904,530

LRCI’s Phase 2 has supported 19 local road and community infrastructure projects across the 3 Council areas in Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs. These projects are now underway, and all expect to be completed by December 2021. 

Through increased funding and support for the Black Spot and LRCI programs, the Morrison Government is seeking to improve amenity, support jobs, construction businesses and economic growth across Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs, it will also fund projects to improve road safety on local roads, helping South Australians get home safer and sooner.

More information on the Black Spot Program: https://bit.ly/3wXU2mS
More information on LRCI: https://bit.ly/3iCdLDu

FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR SA PEST ANIMAL AND WEED MANAGEMENT South Australia is receiving $740,000 in funding from the Morrison Government for 2 projects to improve the management of priority pest species for SA farmers, land managers and the environment, as part of the $30.3 million Established Pest Animals and Weeds Management Pipeline Program.This follows the Morrison Government’s recent announcement of the Threatened Species Strategy 2021-2031 – which, among other goals, calls for a more coordinated approach to feral pest animal and weed management. More information on this funding announcement: bit.ly/36VRrPLAs Chair of the Senate Legislation Committee on Environment and Communications, I welcome this funding in light of the References Committee’s recent inquiry into the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia. For the Committee’s final report: bit.ly/3hVv2Zb The inquiry found that feral pig management alone is estimated to have cost Australian landholders $47.7 million in 2019. In the context of feral deer, landholders have experienced water spoilage, erosion, an increased struggle to find good grazing pasture, as well as damage to fences, tree crops, vines and shelterbelts. Landholders should be empowered to manage feral animals on their land, because the impact of feral species is expensive and landholders bear much of this cost. Further, that feral species management is most effective when delivered through the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders including landholders and all three tiers of government. Among others, a key recommendation of the Committee is that the Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics & Sciences (ABARES) conduct an updated Pest Animal and Weed Survey to provide current information on pest species impacts on agricultural values and control measures being undertaken by landholders. A greater body of data on the extent and scope of the impact helps governments deliver targeted support to better address the problem. ... See MoreSee Less

FEDERAL SUPPORT FOR SA PEST ANIMAL AND WEED MANAGEMENT 
South Australia is receiving $740,000 in funding from the Morrison Government for 2 projects to improve the management of priority pest species for SA farmers, land managers and the environment, as part of the $30.3 million Established Pest Animals and Weeds Management Pipeline Program.

This follows the Morrison Government’s recent announcement of the Threatened Species Strategy 2021-2031 – which, among other goals, calls for a more coordinated approach to feral pest animal and weed management. More information on this funding announcement: https://bit.ly/36VRrPL

As Chair of the Senate Legislation Committee on Environment and Communications, I welcome this funding in light of the References Committee’s recent inquiry into the impact of feral deer, pigs and goats in Australia. For the Committee’s final report: https://bit.ly/3hVv2Zb 

The inquiry found that feral pig management alone is estimated to have cost Australian landholders $47.7 million in 2019. In the context of feral deer, landholders have experienced water spoilage, erosion, an increased struggle to find good grazing pasture, as well as damage to fences, tree crops, vines and shelterbelts. 

Landholders should be empowered to manage feral animals on their land, because the impact of feral species is expensive and landholders bear much of this cost. Further, that feral species management is most effective when delivered through the coordinated efforts of all stakeholders including landholders and all three tiers of government. 

Among others, a key recommendation of the Committee is that the Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics & Sciences (ABARES) conduct an updated Pest Animal and Weed Survey to provide current information on pest species impacts on agricultural values and control measures being undertaken by landholders. A greater body of data on the extent and scope of the impact helps governments deliver targeted support to better address the problem.

HAVE YOUR SAY ON AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION FOR PERSONNEL WHO SERVED IN THE MIDDLE EASTIn April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) announced Australian service personnel were withdrawing from Afghanistan, and drawdown had completed by late June.More than 39,000 ADF personnel have served in Afghanistan in the 20 years since initial deployment, and 41 Australians made the ultimate sacrifice – many more physically and mentally wounded. I honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought to reduce the threat of Al-Qaeda terrorist basing in Afghanistan, bring hope and the opportunity for freedom to a generation of Afghanis. Defence Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed a National Day of Commemoration is to be established to ensure Australians formally recognise the service and sacrifice of ADF personnel and their families who helped to save Australian lives from terrorist attacks on our own soil. Noting the significance of this commemoration, consultation is now underway to collect the views of serving ADF personnel, veterans, their families, ex-service organisations and the Australian community on an appropriate day to commemorate those who have served in the Middle East. Consultation concludes on Sunday 1 August 2021. Have your say: bit.ly/3BFTrdbMore information: bit.ly/3i5m4sk ... See MoreSee Less

HAVE YOUR SAY ON AUSTRALIA’S NATIONAL DAY OF COMMEMORATION FOR PERSONNEL WHO SERVED IN THE MIDDLE EAST
In April, Prime Minister Scott Morrison (ScoMo) announced Australian service personnel were withdrawing from Afghanistan, and drawdown had completed by late June.

More than 39,000 ADF personnel have served in Afghanistan in the 20 years since initial deployment, and 41 Australians made the ultimate sacrifice – many more physically and mentally wounded. I honour the service and sacrifice of the Australians who fought to reduce the threat of Al-Qaeda terrorist basing in Afghanistan, bring hope and the opportunity for freedom to a generation of Afghanis. 

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has confirmed a National Day of Commemoration is to be established to ensure Australians formally recognise the service and sacrifice of ADF personnel and their families who helped to save Australian lives from terrorist attacks on our own soil. 

Noting the significance of this commemoration, consultation is now underway to collect the views of serving ADF personnel, veterans, their families, ex-service organisations and the Australian community on an appropriate day to commemorate those who have served in the Middle East. Consultation concludes on Sunday 1 August 2021. Have your say: https://bit.ly/3BFTrdb

More information: https://bit.ly/3i5m4sk

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They deserve great respect, admiration and now to have repatriation, recovery and and care. Thankyou.

Don’t care when, they just have my total respect and admiration ✊🏼

How about 25 April? It has worked since about 2915.

Belinda Brennan

We have "Vietnam Veterans' Day", and we recognise that among ourselves, so by all means, the Afghanistan Veterans should have their special day!

They deserve recognition. Not get picked on by the media.

Not required. That is what Anzac Day is for.

Jan 27th ... right after Australia day.

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OSBORNE NORTH SHIPYARD PROGRESS AND FRIGATE PROTOTYPING CONTINUES The Osborne North precinct will provide world-class build, test and integration facilities for the design and production of Australia’s 12 Attack Class Submarines – part of the Federal Liberal Government’s $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan. More than 400 workers are now on site at the Osborne North Development Project undertaking the installation of structural steel, cladding, internal fit outs, concreting and services teams – as Phase 1 and 2 of construction continues. At Osborne South, work for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate program continues. Lead contractor BAE Systems Australia has confirmed that their Operations team pulsed from Station 1 (boilermaking) to Station 2 (robotic welding) – the 1st prototyping unit to go down the pulse line at the Steel and Unit Fabrication Hall. The pulse line has 5 stations, along which work is completed sequentially. Once work is completed along the 5 stations, the prototyping unit is complete – before moving to the Block Assembly Hall. The prototyping phase of the Hunter Class Frigate Program runs for 3 years, until 2023. The Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia over the next decade, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities, such as the Attack Class Submarines and Hunter Class Frigates. Thanks to ANI and BAE Systems Australia for the photos. ... See MoreSee Less

OSBORNE NORTH SHIPYARD PROGRESS AND FRIGATE PROTOTYPING CONTINUES 

The Osborne North precinct will provide world-class build, test and integration facilities for the design and production of Australia’s 12 Attack Class Submarines – part of the Federal Liberal Government’s $183 billion Naval Shipbuilding Plan. 

More than 400 workers are now on site at the Osborne North Development Project undertaking the installation of structural steel, cladding, internal fit outs, concreting and services teams – as Phase 1 and 2 of construction continues.  

At Osborne South, work for Australia’s Hunter Class Frigate program continues. Lead contractor BAE Systems Australia has confirmed that their Operations team pulsed from Station 1 (boilermaking) to Station 2 (robotic welding) – the 1st prototyping unit to go down the pulse line at the Steel and Unit Fabrication Hall.  

The pulse line has 5 stations, along which work is completed sequentially. Once work is completed along the 5 stations, the prototyping unit is complete – before moving to the Block Assembly Hall. The prototyping phase of the Hunter Class Frigate Program runs for 3 years, until 2023. 

The Australian Government is investing $575 billion in defending Australia over the next decade, including $270 billion for investment in new and upgraded capabilities, such as the Attack Class Submarines and Hunter Class Frigates. 

Thanks to ANI and BAE Systems Australia for the photos.Image attachment

GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT GROWS AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE CAPABILITY The Morrison Government’s 2021/22 Budget continues to deliver strong, sustained investment in Defence and national security, affirming the $575 billion investment in Defence over the decade to 2029/30, including $270 billion to upgrade our nation’s defence capability. Through LAND 121 Phase 4, the new Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light has now achieved Initial Operational Capability. This marks a significant milestone for the Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s capability, offering a high level of protection from blast and ballistic threats, and significantly improved mobility to operate in high threat environments. Thanks to the Federal Liberal Government $2 billion investment in LAND121 Phase 4, 1,100 Australian-built light protected vehicles, alongside 1,058 trailers, are to be rolled out to Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force units – sustaining approximately 210 jobs and creating additional jobs through a support contract and along the supply chain. More information: bit.ly/3kguKxq Additionally, the Australian Government has announced a $595 million investment to acquire 4 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters, growing the ADF’s fleet to 14 – first 2 helicopters have already arrived from the US to Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville (pictured). The 3rd and 4th Chinooks are expected in Australia by mid-2022 strengthening the ADF’s heavy-lift battlefield aviation capability. More information: bit.ly/3B2Evp9 ... See MoreSee Less

GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT GROWS AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE CAPABILITY  

The Morrison Government’s 2021/22 Budget continues to deliver strong, sustained investment in Defence and national security, affirming the $575 billion investment in Defence over the decade to 2029/30, including $270 billion to upgrade our nation’s defence capability. 

Through LAND 121 Phase 4, the new Hawkei Protected Mobility Vehicle – Light has now achieved Initial Operational Capability. This marks a significant milestone for the Australian Defence Force (ADF)’s capability, offering a high level of protection from blast and ballistic threats, and significantly improved mobility to operate in high threat environments.  

Thanks to the Federal Liberal Government $2 billion investment in LAND121 Phase 4, 1,100 Australian-built light protected vehicles, alongside 1,058 trailers, are to be rolled out to Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force units – sustaining approximately 210 jobs and creating additional jobs through a support contract and along the supply chain. More information: https://bit.ly/3kguKxq 

Additionally, the Australian Government has announced a $595 million investment to acquire 4 new CH-47F Chinook helicopters, growing the ADF’s fleet to 14 – first 2 helicopters have already arrived from the US to Army’s 5th Aviation Regiment in Townsville (pictured). The 3rd and 4th Chinooks are expected in Australia by mid-2022 strengthening the ADF’s heavy-lift battlefield aviation capability. More information:  https://bit.ly/3B2Evp9
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