Media Releases

The Brotherhood of St Laurence issues media releases on a range of topics relating to poverty and disadvantage.


For archived media releases, please contact the library: library(at)bsl.org.au

For media inquiries, contact the Communications team on:

0428 391 117
0499 300 982
media(at)bsl.org.au

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An urgent review of the Victorian retail electricity market is needed with a report showing that retailers' charges in household electricity bills have risen more than 200% in the past six years, says national welfare organisation the Brotherhood of St Laurence.

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Community organisations today have welcomed AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) $6m commitment to provide greater support for vulnerable energy customers.

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With the Victorian Parliament debating the future of the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET) scheme today, leading welfare group the Brotherhood of St Laurence urges support for the scheme, which helps low income households cope with rising energy prices.

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A new report commissioned by the Energy Efficiency Council, Brotherhood of St Laurence and Energy Efficiency Certificate Creators Association raises concerns about Victorian Government modelling on the Victorian Energy Efficiency Target (VEET).

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Householders are more concerned about electricity bills than other-cost-of-living expenses and want their State Governments to help reduce energy costs, says a new survey.

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Research from The Brotherhood of St Laurence has revealed that actions to reduce energy bills can not only save money, but can improve home comfort and even health and well being.

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As households struggle with rising energy prices, a State Government scheme providing free light-globes and shower heads contributed to power-saving improvements in close to half a million households across Melbourne.

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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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