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Long Tan Bursary for Shae.

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David Hawker MP

Federal Member for Wannon Electorate Office: 190 Gray Street, Hamilton, Vic., 3300 Ph: (03) 5572 1100 or Local Call 1300 131 692 Fax: (03) 55 72 1141 Email: Web:

Media Release


Federal Member for Wannon

2 April 2004


It’s been a big week for Portland’s Shae Spry.

Shae, who is currently studying at Monash University in Melbourne, was congratulated by Member for Wannon - David Hawker - for getting an Australian Government bursary.

Shae is the daughter of David and Mary Spry of Portland. David is a Vietnam veteran.

Mr. Hawker said Shae’s Long Tan Bursary was designed to help Vietnam veterans’ children make the move to university, TAFE or other tertiary studies.

“The bursary was established in August 2000 in response to the findings of the Vietnam Veterans’ Health Study,” Mr. Hawker said.

“It highlighted the need to strengthen the support available to Vietnam veterans and their families.

“In particular, the Government recognised the importance of education in helping the children of Vietnam veterans realise their full potential.

“Thirty bursaries, each worth $6000, are available each year to help the sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans get the qualifications and skills needed to pursue their chosen career.”

Mr. Hawker said the Long Tan Bursary was open to Australian Vietnam veterans’ children up to the age of 25 who were planning to enrol in their first year of full-time tertiary education.

Applications for the 2005 Long Tan Bursary will open in August. More information is available by calling 1800 620 361.

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