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Minister for Veterans' Affairs Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence

Friday 13 May 2005 VA043


A 20-year-old Tasmanian student whose father served in the Vietnam War has received an Australian Government bursary to assist her in her tertiary studies.

The Minister for Veterans’ Affairs, De-Anne Kelly, today formally recognised the awarding of a Long Tan Bursary to Gemma Lockley, from Lauderdale, at the Tasmanian RSL Congress in Hobart.

“Gemma has shown both determination and diligence in her studies and is a deserving recipient of this bursary. I congratulate her on these achievements,” Mrs Kelly said.

“Gemma is currently studying journalism at the University of Tasmania, and I am confident this bursary will help her pursue her academic goals and realise her career ambitions.

“I am sure Gemma’s father, Peter Roy Lockley, who served in the 102 Field Workshop in Vietnam, and the rest of her family are proud of her achievements.”

Mrs Kelly said the Long Tan Bursary scheme was launched in 2000 to facilitate the transition of eligible Vietnam veterans’ children from secondary to tertiary education.

“Every year, bursaries of $6000 each are awarded to 30 students across Australia who choose either university or vocational courses, such as those offered by TAFE institutions, business colleges and art schools,” Mrs Kelly said.

This year, however, 32 bursaries were awarded, as one had been held over from the 2004 round and another awarded from accrued funds.

Mrs Kelly also extended her congratulations to Taleh Holland-Lillehagen, the other Tasmanian recipient, who is studying interstate and will be presented with her certificate at a later date.

The Long Tan Bursary is open to Australian Vietnam veterans’ children up to the age of 25, who are planing to enrol in their first year of full-time tertiary education. Administered by the Australian Veterans' Children Assistance Trust, the bursaries are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal circumstances.

Applications for the 2006 Long Tan Bursary will open on 18 August 2005, Vietnam Veterans Day, and close on 31 October 2005.

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