Royal commission hears paedophile wants to protect archbishop Aspinall

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KIM LANDERS: Let’s go now to the Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission in Hobart.

A convicted paedophile has agreed he’d prefer that his evidence worked to protect the reputation of the Anglican Church and the archbishop of Brisbane Phillip Aspinall.

But former priest Robin Goodfellow has denied he’d lie on oath to achieve that goal.

The royal commission is examining how the Anglican Diocese of Tasmania and the Church of England Boys Society handled dozens of abuse allegations from the 1970s to the early 2000s.

Samantha Donovan is following the hearings and joins me now.

Samantha, remind us what the commission has heard about Archbishop Phillip Aspinall’s involvement in this episode?

SAMANTHA DONOVAN: Well, Kim, the survivor witness BYF has told the royal commission that in 1982 when he was a teenager, he was staying at the Anglican rectory in Triabunna on Tasmania’s east coast.

The priest, Garth Hawkins lived there.

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