AN OPEN LETTER TO THE PSC Figtree Anglican Church v the Dobbs family.

On 12 April 2008 I wrote to Archdeacon Deryck Howell, who was Chair of the Professional Standards Committee (PSC) of the Anglican Church, Sydney diocese. This was after Phillip Gerber, Director Sydney PSU, had referred the case of the complaint by Lee Nicholls on behalf of her adult daughter Emma Nicholls to the PSC in

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A Cautionary Tale – the cover-up begins.

In the article ‘A Cautionary Tale’, I wrote about how a 20-year-old young woman Emma Nicholls, a sufferer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and with other mental and physical issues, had been abused by her mother Lee Nicholls, by parishioners, staff and ordained and lay leadership of Figtree Anglican Church and by the then Senior Minister’s

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Emma’s Remaining Allegations

Ten years later, and there is still no resolution of the case of Lee Nicholls’ complaint ‘on behalf of’ her adult daughter Emma Nicholls. In 2009, the Anglican church Sydney diocese Disciplinary Tribunal was forced to recommend to Archbishop Jensen that all the ‘charges’ be withdrawn and dismissed because no-one had jurisdiction to bring the

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Leadership, Ministry and a Coffee Machine (revised 2018)

What are the limits on the power and authority of the clergy and lay leadership of a Parish and officers and senior clergy of Sydney Diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia to prosecute pseudo-criminal proceedings against an ordinary parishioner? In its’ prosecution of the Dobbs family, the leadership of Figtree Anglican church (in Wollongong

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Open Letter to the Disciplinary Tribunal

SETTING THE BOUNDARIES ON CHURCH DISCIPLINE. This article was sent to the Deputy Chair of the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Anglican church Sydney Diocese in November 2008. In response, the director PSU Mr. Phillip Gerber telephoned the writer one morning and treated me to a 45 minutes abusive harangue, to which I listened with some

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Trial by Committee: the Professional Standards Committee of the Anglican Church Sydney diocese

In 2006, Sydney diocese of the Anglican Church of Australia adopted the Discipline Ordinance 2006 (‘the 2006 Ordinance’) as a replacement for the Church Discipline Ordinance 2002 (‘the 2002 Ordinance’). Both versions set up the Professional Standards Committee (the PSC) which exercised certain functions in the process of dealing with complaints to the Professional Standards

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A Thumbnail introduction to the “Figtree Affair”: Figtree Anglican church v the Dobbs family

I have written a great deal about this case: A Cautionary Tale, A Mother’s Story, The Evolution of a Lie, Whispers and Lies and The First Stone Revisited are the major ones. Each looks at the case from a different angle. This article is to give the new readers (or just the bemused readers) a

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Whispers and Lies: An Inappropriate response Part 1

Part 1: The clergy and lay leadership of Figtree Anglican Church, among others, have been telling their parishioners, senior clergy of the diocese and now, ten years later, the current Anglican Archbishop Dr. Glenn Davies, that they dealt in an appropriate manner with a complaint by a Mrs. Lee Nicholls, who was not a parishioner,

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A Mother’s Story: Figtree Anglican church and the Dobbs family.

A Mother’s Story: this Machelle Dobbs’ story of the ruthless abuse of herself and all her family by clergy, staff and parishioners of Figtree Anglican Church, in Wollongong, NSW, Australia by inflicting shunning and disfellowship on this mother and her six children because of a complaint fabricated by a Lee Nicholls about her OCD-affected adult

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The Evolution of a Lie Chapter 10

The Evolution of a Lie Chapter 10 The curious story of Anika Rose aka Lee Tran(Trang) aka Girl Y. Who was she? Her anonymous story to Helen Irvine as told to Bruce Clarke. 2016 chapter 10(2)

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