A far-reaching paedophile ring, involving victims and predators from Tasmania, was active within an offshoot of the Anglican Church, Royal Commission lawyers have alleged in a damning submission.
Counsel assisting, Naomi Sharp, has also recommended the actions of former Tasmanian Bishop Philip Newell be found to have helped cover up allegations against a serial paedophile priest.
The Anglican Diocese of Tasmania has rejected the proposed finding against Philip Newell, who was the church’s Bishop here from 1982 until his retirement in 2000.
Its high powered silk Neil Clelland, QC, called on the commission to extend Bishop Newell a greater level of “understanding” which it had granted other church officials.
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