Following the amazing response to this year’s amazing Anzac Day celebrations, Opposition Leader Lawrence Springborg has committed to continuing the Premier’s Anzac Prize initiative introduced by the LNP Government.
Mr Springborg said that under an LNP Government, Queensland school students would continue to have the opportunity to travel to Gallipoli and the Western front to honour the Anzac spirit.
“The events on and leading up to the Centenary of Anzac celebrations at the weekend were truly moving and I was particularly proud to see the huge amount of community enthusiasm and support,” he said.
“It is so important that we continue to keep the Anzac spirit alive and the only way to do that is to ensure our young people are encouraged to learn about the historic events shaped our nation.”
Shadow Education Minister Tim Mander said the LNP had initiated the Premier’s Anzac Prize as an election commitment in 2012.
“Originally we had planned to send five students to Gallipoli and the Western Front in 2013 and 2014 and then to send forty students in 2015 to mark the Centenary,” he said.
“But we were fortunate enough to obtain extra places in the ballot for representation at Gallipoli, so we increased the number of students to seventy.
“This means that a total of eighty students from schools across the state were given the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Anzac history and its ongoing legacy.
“The LNP wants even more students to get this once in a lifetime opportunity.”
Mr Mander said the Premier’s Anzac Prize competition required students to produce an original, two to five minute multimedia presentation exploring how the Anzac tradition has shaped Australia, why it’s still important and how future generations can keep the tradition alive.
“For the next three years leading up to the centenary of the end of the First World War, students will be asked to submit a presentation,” Mr Mander said.
“These presentations will be judged by a panel of former and current members of the Australian Defence Force and eighty students will travel to WWI commemoration services between 2016 and 2018.”