Public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

Public hearing into Anglican Diocese of Newcastle

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Newcastle, commencing Tuesday 2 August 2016. 

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.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by Monday 18 July 2016.
 
Apply for leave to appear using our application form.

Leave to appear will generally be granted when an applicant:
a.       has been summoned to give evidence
b.       is an institution, or is a representative of an institution, that is subject to the inquiry to be undertaken
c.       may be the subject of an adverse allegation.
 
It is not essential for a person who will appear as a witness in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may appear and give evidence without applying for leave.
 
The form should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:
Email: solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au; or Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.