FAWCETT, David JulianBiography for FAWCETT, David Julian

Senator for South Australia

Liberal Party of Australia

Parliamentary Service

Elected to the House of Representatives for Wakefield, South Australia, 2004. Defeated at general elections 2007.

Elected to the Senate for South Australia 2010 (term began 1.7.2011) and 2016.

Parliamentary Positions

Temporary Chair of Committees from 25.8.11 to 7.7.14.

Committee Service

House of Representatives Standing: Education and Vocational Training from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07; Family and Human Services from 1.12.04 to 17.10.07.

Senate Standing: Appropriations and Staffing from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16; House from 12.10.15 to 14.10.15; Selection of Bills from 14.10.15 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16; Appropriations, Staffing and Security from 1.9.16; Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation from 1.9.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Legislation from 1.9.16; Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References from 1.9.16; House from 12.9.16; Substitute member, Environment and Communications References Committee on 16.11.16 from 8.2.17 to 11.5.17.

Senate Legislative and General Purpose Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade: Legislation and References Committees from 1.7.11 to 9.5.16; Environment and Communications: Legislation Committee from 13.11.13 to 1.7.14; Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Legislation and References from 15.2.17 to 5.2.18; Finance and Public Administration: Legislation and References Committees from 5.2.18 to 22.3.18.

Senate Select: Exposure Draft of the Marriage Amendment (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill from 1.12.16 (Chair from 1.12.16); Future of Work and Workers, substitute member 14.5.18.

Joint Statutory: Intelligence and Security from 13.11.13 to 9.5.16 and from 13.9.16; Corporations and Financial Services from 2.12.13 to 9.5.16 (Chair from 9.12.13 to 9.5.16).

Joint Standing: Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade from 1.7.11 to 9.5.16 and from 12.9.16 (Chair, Defence Sub-Committee from 12.12.13 to 9.5.16; Chair of Committee from 12.9.16); Treaties from 23.8.11 to 9.5.16 and from 1.9.16.

Joint Select: Constitutional Recognition of Local Government from 28.11.12 to 7.3.13.

Parliamentary Party Positions

Deputy Government Whip in the Senate from 1.7.14 to 9.5.16 and from 30.8.16.

Party Positions

Member, State Executive, Liberal Party (SA) 2008.


Born 23.10.1963, Narrabri, NSW.


Qualifications and Occupation before entering Federal Parliament


Army officer 1982-2004 (see Military service below).

Defence and aviation consultant 2008-10.


Australian Defence Medal and Defence Long Service Medal with Clasp.

Military Service

Experimental test pilot.

Commanding Officer, RAAF Aircraft Research and Development Unit, Edinburgh, SA.

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