Abuse inquiry focus on Newcastle

Annette Blackwell
AAP

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle will come under the spotlight of the child sex abuse royal commission in August.

The commission announced the hearing on Tuesday.

The commission said it was particularly interested in the response of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle and associated institutions to allegations of child sexual abuse made against clergy and laypeople who were involved with the diocese.

Complaints have been made against Graeme Lawrence, Gregory Goyette, Andrew Duncan, Bruce Hoare, Graeme Sturt, Peter Rushton, Ian Barrack, James Michael Brown and another Anglican priest, the commission said.

Links between any institutional culture at St John's College, Morpeth and the perpetration of child sexual abuse will also be examined in the course of the two-week hearing.

St John's was an Anglican College of Theology in Newcastle with which some of those being investigating were associated.

The college was closed in the the mid-2000s.

Abuse survivors will give evidence not only about what happened to them as children but how the diocese responded to their complaints.

The inquiry will be held in Newcastle starting on August 2.