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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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Wednesday, 26 November 2014


Dr Phoebe Williams has been named as the inaugural Sir John Monash Anzac Centenary Scholar at a ceremony in Sydney tonight.  I congratulate Dr Williams on her nomination as the inaugural scholar.  The scholarship will fund her studies in Australia and internationally for three years.

The scholarship has been supported by a $220,000 grant from the Anzac Centenary Public Fund and will fund Dr Williams’ research into pediatric health in Kenya.  Dr Williams is a distinguished scholar with qualifications from the University of Sydney, the Australian National University and Oxford University.

The Anzac Centenary scholarship recognises excellence and leadership in a range of disciplines.  The Monash Foundation was founded to honour the life of Sir John Monash, who had great success in his military life and as a businessman, making important contributions towards the Australian community.

General Sir John Monash served in the Australian Imperial Force and served at Gallipoli.  After the evacuation he commanded Australian troops on the Western Front and, in 1918, as Commander of the Australian Corps, won a famous and much studied victory at Le Hamel, before going on to lead the Australians through the costly but successful battles of the war’s final months.

After the War, Sir John played a pivotal role in the repatriation of Australian service personnel from Europe and the Middle East to Australia.  He became the General Manager of the Victorian State Electricity Corporation, held a number of other senior posts and led the push to establish Melbourne’s Shrine of Remembrance.  Upon his death, some 250,000 people lined the streets to honour the man widely regarded to be Australia’s greatest soldier.

Beyond his military service, Sir John was a dedicated family man and a highly regarded scholar who dedicated himself to the service of his community and his country.

I am delighted that the Anzac Centenary Public Fund has been able to support this outstanding award, particularly as it will come into effect during the centenary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli.

For further information on the Anzac Centenary Programme and the Anzac Centenary Public Fund please visit the Anzac Centenary website

Media inquiries:
Minister Ronaldson: Jordi Procel 02 6277 7820 or 0448 232 908
Department of Veterans’ Affairs Media: 02 6289 6203

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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