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More than 1,100 complaints of child sexual abuse have been made against the Anglican Church of Australia, a royal commission inquiry has heard.
The allegations, dating from 1980 to 2015, have been made against 569 church figures, including 247 ordained clergy.
The Anglican Church has admitted trying to keep victims quiet to protect its reputation.
Archbishop of Melbourne Philip Freier said he was "deeply ashamed" of the church's response.
"I wish to express my personal sense of shame and sorrow at the way survivors' voices were often silenced and the apparent interests of the church put first," he said.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse is also investigating allegations against other religious and non-religious institutions.
Last month, more than 4,400 people claimed to have been abused by Australian Catholic church figures during the same 35-year period.