Media Centre

The Brotherhood of St Laurence provides authoritative comment, information and data analysis on leading social issues in Australia.

We also assist media in identifying genuine voices and compelling case studies that reflect the realities of life for people battling poverty in Australia. We produce our own content ranging from blogs, video, and social media. Here you can find the latest media releases and a selection of news links where we are featured. 

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Recent Media

'You can buy very little for 50 cents': Newstart increase attacked. Fairfax, 19 March 2018 
The Brotherhood of St Laurence said the Newstart allowance for a single unemployed person without children would increase by only 50 cents a day from Tuesday.

Hardship in Australia – has much really changed since 1972? ABC Radio, 14 February 2018
ABC Radio National interviewed RPC General Manager Shelley Mallett on poverty in the 1970s compared with today, in the lead up to the BSL-Melbourne Institute conference on poverty.

Public wants government to force power companies to offer cheaper deals, poll finds. Fairfax, 9 February 2018
A survey commissioned by BSL and the Community Action Law Centre found that most Victorians are concerned about rising power prices, generally don’t trust electricity retailers, and want the State Government to enforce a ‘fair price guarantee.

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Brotherhood Blog

Within three months of starting a job brokered by our Reconnect program, George, 18, was promoted to team leader. He could not find work after finishing Year 10 two years ago, when he came to our Reconnect program in Frankston, one of Victoria’s youth unemployment hotspots in Melbourne’s outer south east.

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The Future of the Community Welfare Sector, Tony Nicholson, 27 May 2014
Brotherhood of St Laurence Executive Director, Tony Nicholson, delivered a speech in which he considered the path the community welfare sector will take over the next two decades.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse. Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

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