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Tas Anglicans greenlight asset sale

The Anglican Synod passes the full list of 108 properties, including 76 churches, earmarked for sale to fund $8.6 million in redress to survivors of sexual abuse, ABC News reports.

Representatives from all 48 parishes across the state gathered at the Tailrace Centre to finalise the properties to be listed for sale.

The vote was made to loud applause with some attendants in tears.

“This is a very important step and a very good day for survivors of sexual abuse in Tasmania,” said church leader Bishop Richard Condie.

“It is a horrifying problem and what we’ve done today is make a very significant sacrifice so that those people will be able to access redress which provides justice, recognition and support for them for the damage that’s been done in their lives.”

An appeal process will now come into play with the decision to be finalised in December.

All parishes will be informed of the outcome in writing and will have until October 1 to appeal to have their properties excluded from the list of sale.

A quarter of the proceeds from property sales will go towards the redress, while the Anglican Church will quarantine the rest to go back into parishes that lose churches.

About 150 selected parish representatives from across the state — a mix of clergy and lay people — approved the list by a strong majority.

Around 90 per cent of clergy and 80 per cent the laity voted in favour, Bishop Condie said.

“It has been a very amicable and peaceful meeting and conducted very well and with overwhelming support for our proposal.”

However, outside, one angry parishioner was placing an open letter rejecting the church’s plan on every car parked outside.

The church to date has earmarked 108 properties to sell off to help fund $8.6 million in redress payments for survivors of child sexual abuse.

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Tasmanian Anglican Church gives green light to asset sale, Bishop denies rubber-stamp claim (ABC News)

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The Synod voted overwhelmingly in favour of the asset sale ordinance. (ABC News: Henry Zwartz)