Labor's Plan For A Western Front Fellowship


A Shorten Labor Government will establish a fellowship program based within the Sir John Monash Centre at the Australian National Memorial in Villers-Bretonneux, France.

With the conclusion of the Centenary of Anzac, it is important we consider how best we can continue to acknowledge the service and sacrifice of the brave men who served on the Western Front, ensuring the legacy which is ingrained in our history remains relevant.

This program will serve as a tangible and fitting memorial to the contribution of our diggers on the Western Front.  


Villers-Bretonneux is a site of significance for Australians, following the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux in 1918. This Battle, described as a crucial turning point in the War, saw approximately 3,900 men participate in the ferocious night attack which took back the town from German troops.

Participants in Labor’s fellowship program will be based at the Sir John Monash Centre and provide tours to both Australian and International tourists, offering an Australian perspective on the conflict and its ongoing significance.

Applications will be open to full time post-secondary students undertaking study who have a passion for history. Participants will explain the significance of the site and answer questions from the public on Australian military history, including sites, local attractions and points of interest in the region

Supported by a stipend, successful applicants will be based in Villers-Bretonneux for a period of four months.

We will pay for the fellowship by making multinationals pay their fair share and closing tax loopholes used by the top end of town.