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Previous Ministers' releases and speeches - Senator The Hon. Michael Ronaldson

Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson
Minister for Veterans' Affairs
Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Centenary of ANZAC
Special Minister of State

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Friday, 4 July 2014


Students from around Australia will be given a helping hand as they prepare for study this year with funding through the Long Tan Bursary Scheme, the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs Senator the Hon. Michael Ronaldson announced today.

"The Long Tan Bursary Scheme provides up to $9,000 over three years to each successful applicant – the sons and daughters of Vietnam Veterans – to help them pursue their chosen study or professional career," Senator Ronaldson said.

The scheme provides financial assistance, worth an annual $450,000 for up to 50 individuals. The breakdown of 2014 Bursaries per State and Territory is as follows:

  • NSW - 14 recipients
  • TAS - 1 recipients
  • VIC - 5 recipients
  • QLD - 17 recipients
  • WA - 3 recipients
  • SA - 1 recipient
  • Total - 41 recipients

Presenting bursaries to the Victorian recipients at a ceremony in Melbourne today, Senator Ronaldson said the bursaries help students study a wide-range of topics including nursing and other health sciences through to education, commerce and law.

"An education is the most valuable tool a person can have and I wish each and every one of 2014 Long Tan Bursary recipients the very best in their future endeavours," he said.

The Bursary is named after the Battle of Long Tan during the Vietnam War. It is administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust on behalf of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

Applications for each academic year open on Vietnam Veterans’ Day, 18 August, and close 31 October. There have been more than 450 recipients since the Scheme commenced in 2000.

For more information on the Long Tan Bursary Scheme, visit the DVA website.

Editor’s note: Students will be presented with bursaries at state presentations in the coming months. A list of recipients in each location, who wish to be named, is attached.

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Brad Rowswell 02 6277 7820 or 0417 917 796
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

Long Tan bursary recipients for 2014*
State/Territory & Name Area of Study
NSW - 14 recipients  
Miss Susan Benton Bachelor of Veterinary Science, University of Queensland
Miss Ashlee Reeves Bachelor of Nursing, University of New England
Miss Margaret Loftus Bachelor of Management, University of Technology
Mr Jake Stalker Bachelor of Psychology, University of Western Sydney
Miss Gemma Green Bachelor of Ancient History, Macquarie University
Mr John Mathieson Bachelor of Science, University of Technology, Sydney
Mr Brynn McGarry-Watson Bachelor of Graphic Design, University of Canberra
Miss Katherine Neville Bachelor of Design (Games), Royal Melbourne Institute
Mr Angus Watt Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland
Miss Shiloh Bone Diploma of Library Of Information Services, Southbank TAFE/QUT
Ms Zoe Miller Bachelor Health Science, University of Sydney
TAS - 1 recipient  
Miss Emma Magnusson-Reid Bachelor of Arts (Fine Arts), University of Tasmania
VIC - 5 recipients  
Ms Teresa Vandekolk Bachelor (Hons) Health and Medical Science, Deakin University
Miss Erin O’Brien Bachelor of Education, La Trobe University
Miss Jenalle Baker Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hon), La Trobe University
QLD - 17 recipients  
Miss Erin Law Bachelor of Paramedic, University of Tasmania
Miss Chara Scroope Bachelor of Arts & Bachelor of Social Science, University of Queensland
Miss Cyree Fenton Bachelor of Design (Architecture), Queensland University of Technology
Miss Lilli Newman Certificate 11 &111 Professional Development Performing Arts, Patrick Studios Australia
Miss Wilhelmena Rawling Bachelor of Nursing, James Cook University
Mr Toby Brunckhorst Bachelor of Business/Bachelor of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology
Miss Demie Parry Bachelor of Creative Industries, Queensland University of Technology
Mr Ashley Wright Certificate 111 Community Services Work
Miss Elisabeth Silvester Bachelor of Business, Open Universities
Miss Jessica Duncan Bachelor of Arts/Laws, University of Queensland
Miss Kassia Earnshaw Bachelor of Nursing/Bachelor of Midwifery, University of Queensland
WA – 3 recipients  
Miss Eloise Davies Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia
Miss Sophie Mackin Bachelor of Science, University of Western Australia
Miss Jasmine Crabbe Bachelor of Public Relations, Murdoch University
SA – 1 recipient  
Miss Chelsea Duthie Bachelor Health Science, University of Adelaide

*List of Bursary recipients who wish to be named.


Veterans and Veterans Families Counselling Service (VVCS) and Veterans Line can be reached 24 hours a day across Australia for crisis support and free and confidential counselling. Phone 1800 011 046

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