South Australia – A Nuclear State in a Global Solution

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd)

5:30 for 6 pm Thursday, 23 February 2017.

Meeting room E3.1, ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, Sydney.

Click here for Kevin Scarce’s slides.

Annual Meeting of the Four Societies, hosted by the Nuclear Engineering Panel of Engineers Australia
The Four Societies are:

The Australian Institute of Energy,
The Australian Nuclear Association,
The Nuclear Engineering Panel of the Sydney Branch of Engineers Australia, and
The Royal Society of New South Wales.


This talk will focus on the challenge to Australia in moving to a reliable, low carbon and lowest possible cost electricity system. Nuclear power is a proven, low carbon energy source and may have a role to play in Australia. South Australia has abundant uranium resources and furthermore, with the combination of geological, political and technical factors, the State may provide a global solution for the permanent disposal of used fuel. The benefits of being a Nuclear State could be game changing.

About Rear Admiral, the Honorable Kevin Scarce

Rear Admiral, the Honourable Kevin Scarce is the 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide and was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, retiring in 2004. His appointments included service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War.

Kevin also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and Head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation. After retirement, as Head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he led a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force.

Kevin was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994, the Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Rear Admiral Scarce completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration from New England, Masters of Management Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the US War College (National Defense University) in Washington, DC. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New England in 2014.

Kevin was appointed on 29th March 2015, as the Commissioner of the South Australia Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.