|Rear Admiral The Honourable
AC, CSC, RANR
|34th Governor of South Australia|
8 August 2007 – 7 August 2014
|Premier||Mike Rann (2007–11)
Jay Weatherill (2011–2014)
|Lieutenant||Hieu Van Le|
|Preceded by||Marjorie Jackson-Nelson|
|Succeeded by||Hieu Van Le|
4 May 1952 |
Adelaide, South Australia
|Spouse(s)||Elizabeth Anne Taylor|
|Residence||Adelaide, South Australia|
|Alma mater||University of New England|
|Service/branch||Royal Australian Navy|
|Years of service||1968–2007|
|Awards||Companion of the Order of Australia
Conspicuous Service Cross
Rear Admiral Kevin John Scarce AC, CSC, RANR (born 4 May 1952) is a retired Royal Australian Navy officer who was the 34th Governor of South Australia, serving from August 2007 to August 2014. He was succeeded by Hieu Van Le, who had previously been his lieutenant governor.
Joining the navy in 1968, Scarce served during the Vietnam War on the troop transport HMAS Sydney. After the Vietnam War, Scarce's naval career specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of rear admiral and head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation. Scarce also served as the commander of HMAS Cerberus between 1995 and 1997.
As head of the South Australian government's Defence Unit, he was responsible for South Australia's winning bid for a A$6 billion defence contract to build three air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force.
Governor of South Australia
On 3 May 2007, it was announced that Scarce would become Governor of South Australia – the Queen's representative in the state, although after his appointment he broke the tenets of viceregal impartiality by publicly stating that he is an avowed supporter of an Australian republic. When appointed, he was the youngest South Australian-born Governor and the first Royal Australian Navy officer appointed to the position. In 2008, during his term as Governor, Scarce was appointed the Patron of Debating SA. On 13 February 2012, Scarce's term was extended by two years to 7 August 2014. Hieu Van Le, Scarce's lieutenant-governor, was announced on 26 June 2014 as Scarce's replacement, and took over the role on 1 September.
Cancer Council of South Australia
Scarce was appointed Chairman of the Cancer Council of South Australia in November 2014 and has since met many beneficiaries of the organisation's fundraising, research, education and services. He told The Advertiser that he took the role last November after being impressed by the Council's work during his time as Governor, and also because his grandmother Leah died from cancer. Scarce has also cycled as part of the Cancer Council's Ride for a Reason team in the Santos Tour Down Under.
Chancellor of the University of Adelaide
Scare was appointed the 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide with effect from 1 December 2014 in succession to the Hon Robert Hill AC, who retired in July 2014. In the interim, Deputy Chancellor, Dianne Davidson, was the Acting Chancellor of the University.
Nuclear industrial development
In December 2014, Scarce broke seven years of 'political silence' by suggesting that South Australia considers developing nuclear industries to compensate for a downturn in the manufacturing sector. He said that a debate between experts and without political intervention was needed. He was speaking as an invited guest of the South Australian Chamber of Mines and Energy (SACOME).
Earlier that month, Scarce had been appointed Chancellor of the University of Adelaide. Several of the University's staff had previously announced their support for the development of nuclear power generation as a means of reducing carbon emissions and mitigating climate change. Examples include Professor Barry Brook, scientists Tom Wigley and Corey J. A. Bradshaw and economist Mike Young.
On 9 February 2015, it was announced that Scarce would lead a Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission to inquire into the possible expansion of nuclear industries in South Australia, including uranium mining, enrichment, power generation and radioactive waste storage. He told the media that he wanted a debate on the opportunities and risks the development of nuclear industries in South Australia represented, stating: "I come to this with no preconceived views."
Scarce appeared in a segment about the nuclear Royal Commission on ABC's 7.30 program, broadcast on 14 March 2015. He said:
“I know the dangers of the industry. I also know the opportunities it can bring. How do we convince South Australians that it is safe... and what are the benefits of so doing?”
A period for public submissions in response to the Terms of Reference for the Commission closed that afternoon, prior to the 7.30 broadcast.
During his role as Governor of South Australia, Scarce spoke and presented the deed of title at the Maralinga Tjarutja Section 400 Handback Ceremony at the Maralinga Village. Section 400 was a 3,126 km2 parcel of land, located 136 kilometres (85 mi) from the Oak Valley Aboriginal Community. The ceremony marked the return of Section 400 to its traditional owners, which had previously been disallowed access due to radioactive contamination. The contamination was a legacy of a program of British nuclear weapons tests which ran from 1956 until 1963. Seven major nuclear weapons tests occurred in 1956 and 1957 followed by a series of 'minor' tests which included the explosive scattering of 22 kilograms (49 lb) of plutonium.
Scarce spent his early childhood in Woomera, home of the Commonwealth Weapons Research Establishment. The WRE, as it was known, served as a support centre for the British nuclear test program during this period.
- 26 January 1994: Conspicuous Service Cross
- 11 June 2001: Member of the Order of Australia (Military division) for exceptional service to the Royal Australian Navy as Commander Training Command – Navy, and as Support Commander – Navy.
- 26 January 2004: Officer of the Order of Australia (Military division) for distinguished service in logistics management and acquisition as the Head, Maritime Systems Division in the Defence Materiel Organisation.
- 9 August 2007: Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John, awarded by His Excellency the Governor-General of Australia.
- 26 January 2008: Companion of the Order of Australia (General division) for contributions to Australia's defence industry through the provision of leadership and strategic advice on the development of naval capabilities, to maritime transport management, and to the people of South Australia.
|Companion of the Order of Australia (General Division) (AC)||(2008)|
|Officer of the Order of Australia (Military Division) (AO)||(2004)|
|Member of the Order of Australia (Military Division) (AM)||(2001)|
|Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)||(1994)|
|Knight of the Order of St John (KStJ)||(2007)|
|Australian Active Service Medal 1945–1975|
|Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal|
|Defence Force Service Medal with 4 clasps||35–39 years service|
|Australian Defence Medal|
In 1975, Scarce married Elizabeth Anne Taylor while posted at HMAS Watson. They have two adult children, Kasha (born in 1978), who works as a social worker in Sydney; and Kingsley (born in 1980), who serves as a lieutenant commander in the Royal Australian Navy.
- From navy brass to straight-talking bloke, The Advertiser, 5 May 2007.
- Vietnam War Nominal Roll
- Sexton, Mike: Battle hots up for destroyer contract, The 7.30 Report (ABC), 29 March 2005.
- Kevin Scarce appointed SA governor, The Age, 3 May 2007.
- samotor. Royal Automobile Association. Nov–Dec 2007. p. 8.
- "Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce to stay on as South Australia governor". News.com.au. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
- Hieu Van Le to be next SA Governor, from war-torn Vietnam to vice-regal post: ABC 26 June 2014
- "Rear Admiral The Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RANR Rtd". Cancer Council SA. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
- Crouch, Brad (2015-03-28). "Former governor Kevin Scarce’s new fight — better accommodation for cancer patients". The Advertiser. Retrieved 2015-03-28.
- University of Adelaide Media Release
- Edwards, Verity (13 December 2014). "Let’s talk nuclear, says ex-governor Kevin Scarce". The Australian. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Owen, Michael (1 June 2012). "Nuclear power the way forward: climate scientist". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Shepherd, Tory (4 November 2013). "Adelaide University scientist Tom Wigley joins peers calling for greenies to embrace nuclear power". The Advertiser. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Bradshaw, Corey; Heard, Ben (7 October 2013). "Pro-nuclear greenies? Thinking outside the box with Pandora’s Promise". Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- "Former SA governor to lead nuclear inquiry". SBS. 9 February 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2015.
- Mann, Alex (2015-03-13). "Nuclear Royal Commission examines how to turn uranium into profit". 7.30. ABC. Retrieved 2015-03-15.
- "Royal Commission - Our role in nuclear energy". YourSAy. Government of South Australia. Retrieved 2015-03-13.
- "Maralinga: Traditional owners get their land back". Aboriginal Way (South Australian Native Title Services) (40). 2010-02-01.
- Aboriginal Lands Parliamentary Standing Committee Annual Report 2009/2010. Adelaide, South Australia: Parliament of South Australia. 2010. pp. 21–22.
- It's an Honour – Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC)
- It's an Honour – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
- It's an Honour – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
- It's an Honour – Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)
|Governor of South Australia
Hieu Van Le
|Chancellor of the University of Adelaide