First female archbishop to head WA diocese


AUGUST 29, 2017

Sophie Moore
Australian Associated Press

Australia’s first female Anglican Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy has been elected to head the church in Western Australia.

She will replace Archbishop Roger Herft, who stepped down a year ahead of schedule after admitting he had let down survivors at the royal commission into child sex abuse.

Bishop Goldsworthy said the Perth diocese had put in place a raft of policies and legislation to ensure protection for their most vulnerable members.

She said she hoped to rebuild and regain the trust of the community but her first concern was for survivors of abuse.

“There are people who have been badly affected and hurt, survivors who are incredible in the way they approach life,” she told AAP.

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