Canberra Skeptics Lecture: Liquid Fuel Security – she’ll be ‘right?

Speaker: Air Vice-Marshal (Retd) John Blackburn AO

Date: Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Time: 6:00-7:30pm

Location: Lecture Theatre, CSIRO Discovery Centre, North-Science Road, Acton, ACT 2601

Free Admission

Australia’s combined dependency on crude and fuel imports for transport has grown from around 60% in 2000 to over 90% today.  In an ever-changing world, we need a plan to stop our import dependency growing to 100% in the future if we are have an acceptable level of fuel security.

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 2013 the NRMA published his report “Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security.”  In February 2014 the NRMA published his report “Australia’s Liquid Fuel Security – Part 2.”

Dinner will follow the lecture (venue tbc). To RSVP for the dinner please email

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