Phillip Aspinall (born 1959) has been the Anglican Archbishop of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia since February 2002 and Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia since July 2005. He succeeded Peter Hollingworth as Archbishop of Brisbane.
Aspinall was ordained a deacon in Tasmania on 25 July 1988 and a priest a year later. He holds degrees in science from the University of Tasmania, theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity through Trinity College (University of Melbourne) and the United Faculty of Theology, as well as a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University and a PhD in education from Monash University. He is married to Christa Aspinall.
Aspinall has worked as a computer programmer for the Tasmanian Education Department. He has also worked in a number of roles in the Anglican Church in Tasmania and Victoria: with the Diocese of Tasmania as diocesan field officer for the Anglican Boys’ Society, the diocesan youth and education officer; deputy warden at Christ College in the University of Tasmania (1980 to 1984); director of parish education at St Stephen’s Church, Mount Waverley, in the Diocese of Melbourne (1985); assistant curate, assistant priest and parish priest in various locations in Tasmania including Claremont; and director of Anglicare Tasmania (1994–1998) including two years as Archdeacon for Church and Society.
Aspinall was consecrated a bishop on 29 June 1998 in Adelaide where he served as assistant bishop until December 2001.
In 2003, he denied a rumour that he was implicated in a sexual abuse scandal. This was widely reported in the national news at the time.
In terms of social justice issues, Aspinall has spoken out against the ill-treatment of asylum seekers.
Aspinall has also encouraged new money-making ventures for the diocese. During the cathedral's completion several fundraising efforts were made. He has also initiated ventures to allow parishioners to tithe via direct debit and leave their estates to the diocese by distributing information about creating wills that favour the diocese.
- Source Introduction on the Diocese of Brisbane website