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When car production folds, what next for South Australia

March 31, 2015

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd),born in Adelaide and educated at Elizabeth East Primary School and Elizabeth High School, was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014.

He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War and as the commander of HMAS Cerberus between 1995 and 1997.

He also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and Head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Material Organisation. As head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he lead a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force. He 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. In addition to his role as 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral Scarce was recently appointed Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children’s Services. More recently Premier Weatherill announced Kevin Scarce to head a Royal Commission into Nuclear Energy.

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March 31, 2015


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