|Senator for South Australia|
1 July 2011
|Member of the Australian Parliament
9 October 2004 – 24 November 2007
|Preceded by||Neil Andrew|
|Succeeded by||Nick Champion|
23 October 1963 |
Narrabri, New South Wales
|Political party||Liberal Party of Australia|
|Alma mater||University of New South Wales|
|Years of service||1982–2004|
|Awards||Australian Defence Medal
Defence Long Service Medal (with clasp)
David Julian Fawcett (born 23 October 1963, Narrabri, New South Wales) is an Australian politician and member of the Australian Senate. He was elected to the House of Representatives as member for the division of Wakefield in South Australia for the Liberal Party of Australia at the 2004 federal election. Despite an extensive campaign in 2007 he was unseated by a significant margin. At the 2010 federal election he was elected as a Liberal senator for South Australia.
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Fawcett spent part of his childhood in Thailand where his father worked as an agricultural scientist.
The next phase of his career was as a flying instructor, learning this role at the RAF Central Flying School in England. He served at the Australian School of Army Aviation and became Senior Flying Instructor for Utility and Reconnaissance Helicopters.
In 1993 he returned to the UK, studying at the Empire Test Pilots' School to become a test pilot. He was posted to Royal Australian Air Force Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) at Edinburgh, South Australia as an Army helicopter test pilot. He held a number of positions in ARDU and the Defence Acquisition Organisation, culminating in his final appointment as Commanding Officer, responsible for flight test programs for all of the Australian Defence Force aircraft. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel before leaving the ADF to enter politics.
Fawcett is married with two children. His family roots are in Kapunda, South Australia and completed high school at Prince Alfred College in Adelaide before joining the army. He has been involved in leadership positions at Clovercrest Baptist Church in Modbury North, Adelaide and Tyndale Christian School in Salisbury East, Adelaide. He has been a contributing member of the Society of Experimental Test Pilots and the Australian Flight Test Society.
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|Parliament of Australia|
|Member for Wakefield