Fawcett in 2014
|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|
|Awards||Australian Defence Medal
Defence Long Service Medal (with clasp)
|Years of service||1982–2004|
David Julian Fawcett (born 23 October 1963, Narrabri, New South Wales) is an Australian politician and Liberal Party of Australia member of the Australian Senate in South Australia since 2011, elected at the 2010 election.
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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.
Prior to the 2004 election, the seat of Wakefield had been dramatically altered in a redistribution. The seat had long been a safe rural Liberal seat stretching from the Yorke Peninsula through to the Riverland and the state's border, but upon the abolition of the safe metropolitan Labor seat of Bonython, Wakefield was moved to take in the outer northern Adelaide suburb of Elizabeth and part of Salisbury, spanning through to the rural mid-north town of Clare—roughly a fifth the size of its former incarnation. The Liberals held the old Wakefield with a comfortably safe two-party margin of 14.6 percent, but the new Wakefield was notionally a marginal Labor seat with a two-party margin of just 1.3 percent.
The previous Liberal member, Neil Andrew, believed this made Wakefield unwinnable and opted not to recontest the seat in 2004. However, Fawcett narrowly defeated the Labor candidate, ex-Bonython MP Martyn Evans, on a swing of 2.2 percent, taking the seat on Family First preferences. Despite an extensive campaign at the 2007 election, Fawcett was defeated by Labor's Nick Champion, suffering a large swing of 7.2 percent. However, Fawcett was elected as a Liberal Senator in South Australia at the 2010 election and assumed his seat on 1 July 2011.
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