News from Australia: Tasmania Anglicans to sell property for redress

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  • AndersonsInfo

    Tas Anglicans to sell property for redress

    Survivors of child sexual abuse in Tasmania will get a payout after the Anglican Diocese announced the sale of more than 120 churches, halls and houses.

    Kaitlyn Offer - Australian Associated Press April 22, 2018 2:30pm

    Tasmania's Anglican Diocese will sell off scores of churches and other properties to find $8 million to redress survivors of child sexual abuse.

    Bishop Richard Condie announced the sale of churches, halls, houses and land on Sunday, saying the diocese hopes to be a part of a national scheme.

    "With an estimated liability of around $8 million in new and additional payments to survivors, it will require decisive action and significant sacrifice for everyone across our diocese," he said in a statement.

    "We intend to raise these funds from a proportion of Parish and Diocesan investments, through selling Parish properties, and by direct Parish contributions."

    Every parish in the state will be affected and at the June meeting of all parish representatives, it will be suggested more than 120 properties be sold - nearly half of all of the church's real estate.

    Bishop Condie said while he understood the sale would cause hurt for church members, it had a commitment to justice, recognition and support to survivors.

    "We have not yet finalised the list of the properties that will be identified for sale, however I expect that we will be able to release these details within the next few weeks," he said.

    As well as wanting to join the National Redress Scheme, the diocese will continue to operate its own Pastoral Support and Assistance Scheme and this week agreed in principle to increase the payment cap to $150,000 per claim.

    The federal government is urging all states and territories to join the scheme, stemming from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

    The NSW, Victorian and ACT governments have signed up, but other jurisdictions are yet to join.

    Payments will be assessed on a case-by-case basis with a maximum of $150,000.

  • Crazyguy

    Is this program can completely voluntary?

  • days of future passed
    days of future passed


    They are selling off properties to pay victims, the WT is selling of properties to pay lawyers to try to keep victims from getting any money. In the end, victims of WT do get some money, but at a great cost.

    Good example to bring up in comparison to wT.

  • never a jw
  • cha ching
    cha ching

    120 churches, hall's and houses! To get 8 million?!?!

    What will WT have to sell? The hatchet will have to fall on all.

  • DesirousOfChange

    As well as wanting to join the National Redress Scheme, the diocese will continue to operate its own Pastoral Support and Assistance Scheme.

    The WTS has a "scheme" planned as well. They are scheming to f**k the victims out of any compensation.

  • LV101

    Thanks, Barbara -

    Yes/cha ching just what will WT have to sell? Hopefully, their Vatican in the US - not a chance!

  • sparrowdown

    I can't see WT opting in to the redress scheme.

  • zeb

    A kh in Perth capital city of West Australia was sold recently to the Hindu people for 2.17 million and another kh is on the block for sale.

    Where will the money go?

    One victims case that appeared before the ARC was from WA another from Queensland (Qld) so look out any JW in Qld your hall may be up for sale to pay the bills..

  • MrMonroe

    Catholic Church, Anglican Church, Salvation Army, YMCA and Scouts have all joined the national redress scheme for survivors of child sex abuse.

    No word yet from Jehovah's Witnesses. Social Services Minister Dan Tehan says organisations that had not yet signed up will be judged by the community. There is no compulsion for organisations to join the scheme or pay a cent.

    Will Watchtower continue to regard the whole thing as just too worldly to get involved in?

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