David graduated with a law degree from the University of Western Australia in 1979. He practiced for many years as a barrister and solicitor both in Kalgoorlie and Perth, in areas including criminal, mining, native title and administrative law.
After working in the law for 20 years, David was elected as a Liberal Senator for Western Australia in 2001, entering the Senate on 1 July 2002. He became actively involved in a number of committees, on issues relating to defence and national security; native title and workplace relations. As a member of the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee he participated in several significant reviews including the Inquiry into Materiel Acquisition and Management in Defence (2003); and the Effectiveness of Australia’s Military Justice System (2005).
In March 2007 David was appointed by Prime Minister John Howard to serve as Minister for Justice and Customs.
Following the 2007 election David became a member of the Shadow Cabinet, both as Shadow Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism and Shadow Minister for Defence, a position he held until the September 2013 federal election.
Upon the election of the Abbott Government, David was appointed as the Minister for Defence and is a member of Cabinet.
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