The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from Monday 12 to Thursday 15 September 2016, and from Monday 19 to Thursday 22 September 2016.

The public hearing inquired into the responses of Catholic Church authorities in the Maitland-Newcastle region to allegations of child sexual abuse by clergy and religious.


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 responses of the Catholic Diocese of Armidale and the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta to allegations of child sexual abuse made against John Joseph Farrell.

  2. The response of the Special Issues Group for the Province of Sydney to allegations of child sexual abuse against John Joseph Farrell.

  3. Any related matters.

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