The Provincial of the De La Salle Brothers, Ambrose Payne, has responded to allegations of wrongdoing by De La Salle Brothers and their lay workers at BoysTown Beaudesert during the 70s and 80s.
In a press statement on 16 September following the broadcast of a ’60 Minutes’ story on Channel Nine, Br Ambrose said, “As a current Leader of the De La Salle Brothers in Australia, I am deeply concerned by the nature and extent of these complaints and will take whatever steps are required to have these issues properly investigated and dealt with at the earliest time.”
He emphasised that the De La Salle Brothers and the modern BoysTown organisation have a zero tolerance policy on any form of abuse and have made the protection of young people in their care a fundamental priority.
“I am conscious of my responsibilities to the complainants and our Brothers and lay workers, who must be afforded fairness and justice as well. In two cases, the Police have been informed at the outset.”