Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Hon Elizabeth Constable MA(Syd) DipEd(UNE) MEd(Harvard) PhD(UWA) MLA

Former Minister for Education

    ANZAC students to return to Malaysia next year

    26/04/2012 12:00 AM
    • Premier’s 2013 ANZAC student tour to return to Malaysia
    • 10 WA students will this week attend 2012 ANZAC Day ceremonies in Borneo

    Ten Western Australian secondary school students will have the chance to travel to Malaysia on the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour next year following in the footsteps of the 2012 tour, Education Minister Liz Constable confirmed this morning.


    “It is very important to provide the opportunity to WA students to participate in the Premier’s ANZAC tour, because these students play a vital role in helping to keep the ANZAC spirit alive,” Dr Constable said.


    “The 10 students selected for the 2013 tour will travel to Malaysia in April to represent young West Australians and to honour those in the defence forces who have given service to our nation.


    “The visit will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the transfer of E Force troops to the Sandakan prisoner of war camp, and remember this devastating and important event in history.


    “Many British and Australian POWs were taken to Sandakan and used as labour to build a military airstrip after Borneo and Singapore fell to the Japanese.


    “In early 1945, POWs were forced on a gruelling 260km march to Ranau with just six - all Australians - surviving.”


    Students on the 2012 tour yesterday attended a dawn service at Sandakan and also joined the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Chinese families for a dedication service to honour fallen heroes.


    Last week, the group visited the graves of 3,908 Allied soldiers and a memorial in honour of 2,327 missing servicemen at the Labuan War Cemetery.


    Esperance Senior High School student Courtney Spencer laid a wreath for Victoria Cross recipient Private Leslie ‘Tom’ Starcevich at a monument commemorating his heroic actions in Sabah.


    “I urge all those students with a keen interest in Australian history, and the ANZAC story in particular, to apply to take part in next year’s tour once applications open,” the Minister said.


    Applicants need to write an essay on one Western Australian’s experience of war or involvement in peace-keeping operations and explain why their story is important.


    Short-listed students proceed to the next phase where they present a speech and attend an interview.  Successful applicants will be announced on Remembrance Day, November 11.


    Application forms will be available at http://www.det.wa.edu.au/anzac and at schools early in Term two.


          Fact File

    • Some 110 students from 71 schools across the State have been involved in the Premier’s ANZAC Student Tour since it began in 2004

    Minister's office - 6552 5700