Maintaining Australia’s national interests in Antarctica

Access to the Australian Antarctic Territory would be improved under recommendations made in a report presented by the Joint Standing Committee on the National Capital and External Territories.

Jun 29, 2018

The report noted that Australia is investing in infrastructure to guarantee year-round access to Australian research bases.

This includes a paved runway at Davis research station and a new icebreaker ship. The new icebreaker will be called Nuyina, which is a Tasmanian Aboriginal word meaning ‘southern lights’. The name was suggested by students from two schools: St Virgil’s College in Hobart and Secret Harbour Primary School in Western Australia.

Among other recommendations, the report suggested that the government establish an Office of Antarctic Services to promote Hobart as a gateway to Antarctica and appoint an Antarctic ambassador.

In presenting the report, Mr Ben Morton MP, the chair of the committee said, ‘The Australian Antarctic Program positions our nation amongst the world's most significant contributors on this continent.’