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Peter Frederick Carnley AC (born 17 October 1937) is a retired Australian Anglican bishop. Carnley was the Archbishop of Perth from 1981 to 2005 and was Primate of the Anglican Church of Australia from 2000 until July 2005. He was born in New Lambton, New South Wales and became warden of St John's College at the University of Queensland, as well as lecturer in theology at the University of Queensland, before becoming a bishop.
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Carnley studied in Australia at Trinity College, Melbourne and in England at St John's College, Cambridge. As a lecturer in the 1970s he experimented with Process Theology.
In the 1980s he supported the ordination of women and ordained the first women priests in the Anglican Church of Australia in Perth, saying, "Today, we are peeling away the sickly yellow, faded, silverfish-ridden wallpaper with which the church has surrounded itself and imprisoned women for centuries past in its benign and perhaps well-meaning determination to confine them by role."
In 2001, amidst questions about the possibility of the church celebrating same-sex marriage, Carnley suggested the church might be able to bless gay "friendships".
In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours list, he was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia.
Since the 1980s he served as co-chair of the Anglican Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC II) seeking greater unity between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.