Brotherhood Talks: Policy a la carte

The Research & Policy Centre at the Brotherhood of St Laurence is delighted to invite you to our first Brotherhood Talks session for 2020:


Andrew Wear (public policy expert and author) will be interviewed by the Brotherhood’s Executive Director Conny Lenneberg. They will explore Andrew’s research into policy approaches that are successful elsewhere and the transferability of these to Australia. The discussion will traverse broad territory including tackling inequality, addressing violence and achieving zero emissions.


Thursday 27 February


12-1pm (Please feel welcome to stay on for a casual lunch immediately afterwards)


Father Tucker's Room, Brotherhood of St Laurence Head Office, 67 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy.

RSVP and questions

Please RSVP to attend this event for seating and catering purposes. Replies and queries to jdouglas(at) or (03) 9483 1364.

All welcome at this wheelchair accessible venue. Please advise if any accessibility adjustments would help support your attendance.

Andrew Wear

Andrew Wear -  a senior Victorian public servant with a passion for public policy and author of new release Solved! How other countries have cracked the world’s biggest problems and we can too. He has degrees in politics, law, economics and public policy, is a graduate of the Senior Executive Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and a fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia. Andrew’s work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals, The Mandarin and The Guardian.  He is a board member at Ardoch – a children’s education charity.

Conny Lenneberg

Conny Lenneberg – Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Conny’s 25 years in the development and social justice sector both in Australia and internationally has ranged from delivering services in the field to leading large teams and taking on senior executive and board roles. She has a passion for driving systemic change for widespread and lasting impact, the power of collective action and building better lives for children, young people, and their families. Conny is committed to seeking out the best evidence to frame solutions for complex social challenges. She has a Master of Arts (Research) and an Honorary Doctorate from La Trobe University.

We also invite you to enjoy our Brotherhood Talks podcast, drawn from our RPC seminar series.
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Questions? Contact Jane Douglas: jdouglas(at) or (03) 9483 1364.

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