Opening and witness statements

Read the opening address from Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission and witness statements from the first part of the public hearing into child sexual abuse in Catholic Church institutions in the Diocese of Ballarat and its impact on the community.

Opening Statements

Opening remarks by Justice Peter McClellan, Chair of the Royal Commission

Opening address by Counsel Assisting the Royal Commission, Gail Furness SC


Statements from Survivor Witnesses

Statement of Philip Francis Nagle

Statement of BAC

Statement of BAS

Statement of BAP

Statement of BAA

Statement of Paul Francis Auchettl

Statement of Gordon Hill

Statement of BAV

Statement of Neil Wileman


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The Council concluded its work on 30 April 2018 and is no longer distributing any material about its work.