The Royal Commission held a public hearing from Tuesday 2 to Friday 12 August 2016 in Newcastle. The hearing continued on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 August 2016 in Newcastle.  From Wednesday 16 to Friday 18 November 2016 and on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 November 2016 the hearing continued in Sydney.

The public hearing inquired into the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and lay people involved in or associated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

Location

In August the hearing was held at Newcastle Courthouse, 323 Hunter St, Newcastle. In November, the hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The past and present systems, policies and practices in place within the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle for responding to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse.

  2. The experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by clergy and lay people involved in or associated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle.

  3. The response of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and associated institutions to allegations of child sexual abuse made against clergy and lay people associated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, including Graeme Lawrence, Gregory Goyette, Andrew Duncan, Bruce Hoare, Graeme Sturt, Peter Rushton, Ian Barrack, James Michael Brown and another Anglican priest.

  4. The links between any institutional culture at St John’s College, Morpeth and the perpetration of child sexual abuse, including by any person listed in paragraph 3.

  5. Any related matters.

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