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Australia’s Fuel Security

On Thursday 28 August 2014, SEE-Change and Fusion Canberra organised a lecture about the issue of local and global food, and fuel security titled: Australia’s Fuel Security – She’ll be right?

The Presenter was Air Vice-Marshal John Blackburn AO (retired), formerly Deputy Chief of the RAAF, and now a consultant in the fields of Defence and National Security. The NRMA has published two of his reports on Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security, the most recent in February 2014.

Based on this presentation, it is clear that fuel security is something that needs greater consideration.

For a copy of the lecture presentation email: office@see-change.org.au.

Examine the Fuel Security Reports at: www.mynrma.com.au/about/australias-liquid-fuel-security.htm

John retired from the Royal Australian Air Force in 2008 as the Deputy Chief of the Air Force following a career as an F/A-18 fighter pilot, test pilot and strategic planner.

His senior posts included Commander of the Integrated Area Defence System (IADS) located in Malaysia, commanding a multi-national headquarters established to effect the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA), and Head of Strategic Policy in the Defence Headquarters.

He is now a consultant in the fields of Defence and National Security.

He is the Deputy Chairman of the Kokoda Foundation Board and the Deputy Chairman of the Williams Foundation Board.  He holds a Masters of Arts and a Master of Defence Studies.

In February 2011 the Kokoda Foundation published his report “Optimising Australia’s Response to the Cyber Challenge” which he co-authored with Dr Gary Waters.   In February 2014 the NRMA published his second Fuel Security report “Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security – Part 2.”

In June 2014, the Kokoda Foundation will publish his report “Australian Defence Logistics- The Need to Enable and Equip Logistics Transformation” which he also co-authored with Dr Gary Waters.

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