Anglican Church claims its’ assets are protected

The Royal Commission has heard from the head of the Anglican Church in Australia that it cannot be assumed that the Anglican Church can sell its’ multi-billion dollar assets to pay compensation to child sexual abuse victims.  Archbishop Phillip Aspinall told the Royal Commission that most of the Church’s assets are held in trust and it cannot be assumed that they can be sold to fund compensation claims.  The Royal Commission heard that the Church claimed it had limited funds when settling the claims of 41 victims.  However, the Commission also found that millions of dollars of trust-held assets were once sold in the Grafton diocese to bail out a private Anglican college in debt.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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