The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney on Monday 24 August 2015.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to hear the evidence of retired Bishop Geoffrey Robinson regarding:
The history and development of the Catholic Church’s response to child sexual abuse prior to the introduction of Towards Healing.
His membership of the College of Consultors of the Archdiocese of Sydney.
The operation of Encompass Australasia.
His discussions with senior Vatican officials.
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 12 August 2015.
Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available on the Royal Commission website entitled ‘Application for Leave to Appear at the Royal Commission’ and include a short submission setting out the basis on which it is said the applicant has a substantial and direct interest in appearing.
The form and the submission should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:
Email: email@example.com or
Mail: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.
The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast on the Royal Commission’s website at www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.