This documentary takes us deep into the experience of Australia's urban poor. We accompany the volunteers of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, past the million dollar real estate, the mansions, swimming pools and harbor views of Sydney's eastern suburbs, into the homes and lives of the real battlers - people unable to afford to keep a roof over their heads, or feed and clothe their children. This program comes to us from Producer Sharon Davis of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, and is part of our ongoing international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
The Battlers was produced by Sharon Davis for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The sound engineer was Stephen Tilley. Special thanks to the volunteers and workers from the St Vincent de Paul Society, and John Spence from ABC Radio Archives. This program airs as part of the international documentary exchange series, Crossing Boundaries.
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