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Sydney man joins panel on oversight

02 November 2006

ROBERT TONG, one of two Australians on the new panel of reference to consider disputes about alternative episcopal oversight in the Anglican Communion ( News, 10 June), comes from the heartland of Sydney Anglicanism.

Mr Tong, a solicitor, who is a former Australian lay representative on the Anglican Consultative Council, plays a leading part in diocesan politics as chairman of the Anglican Church League in Sydney. The League, formed in 1909 by Sydney clerics as a "centre unity" Evangelical party, swiftly developed into a conservative lobby group. Since the 1930s, it has exercised powerful influence in the Sydney diocesan synod.

Mr Tong co-wrote the Sydney response to the Windsor report. He is a long-term friend of the Archbishop of Sydney, Dr Peter Jensen, and the son-in-law of a former Archbishop, the Rt Revd Sir Marcus Loane.

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