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Reference materials Anderson Report (Australia)Australia (July 2007): Scientology link to murders201 Castlereagh Street Sydney NSW Australia19-37 Greek Street Sydney NSW Australia42 Russell Street Melbourne Victoria Australia
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Dec 10, 1983
Scientology a religion in Australia — St. Petersburg Times (Florida)
Nov 24, 1983
The true Austalian story — West Australian
Nov 23, 1983
Religion: When fervour leads a faithful flock astray — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Alan Gill
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
If Moses did not receive the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai, but only said he did, Judaism would still constitute a valid religion. This hypothetical argument was put to the High Court in the recently concluded Scientology case. Mr D. Bennett, QC, representing the Church of Scientology, said that a movement's claim to be accepted as a religion did not depend on the sincerity or honesty of its founder or leaders - what counted was the attitude of the members. The ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Oct 29, 1983
Sects welcome court decision on Scientology — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Oct 28, 1983
Judges define a religion — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Garry Sturgess
Source: The Age (Australia)
The High Court yesterday gave a broad meaning to what in law constitutes a religion, with all five judges holding that a belief in God was not an essential criterion. The Full Victorian Supreme Court, upholding the decision of a single judge of that court, had earlier found that a belief in God was essential and that Scientology did not qualify as a religion. But this finding was yesterday unanimously overruled by the High Court. Acting Chief Justice Mason and Mr ...
Oct 28, 1983
Judges: Scientology is a religion — West Australian
Oct 28, 1983
Scientologists celebrate good news -- now to bring it to the people — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Louise Carbines
Source: The Age (Australia)
Hours after hearing the good news, Melbourne scientologists were deciding how they were going to spread it. "We're going to have TV ads, and we'll promote the book 'Dianetics, the Modern Science of Mental Health', the young scientologist said. David Griffiths, 28, son of a Uniting Church minister, was sitting on a pile of books in the foyer of the church's Russell Street headquarter. He was delighted by the victory, and by the knowledge that finances were going to improve with ...
Oct 28, 1983
Scientology a religion: judges — The Age (Australia)
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Type: Press
Author(s): Garry Sturgess
Source: The Age (Australia)
The High Court yesterday unanimously ruled that Scientology was a religion and declared that a belief in God was not an essential qualification for an organisation to be a religion. The decision, a rebuff to the Victorian Full Supreme Court, means that Scientologists are entitled to tax exemptions under the Victorian Payroll Tax Act. Although the case was fought over a relatively small amount of money, $897.80, the decision could have major implications for Federal and State revenue raising authorities if ...
Oct 28, 1983
Scientology recognised as religion by High Court // The question is 'What is religion?' — Australian Financial Review
Type: Press
Author(s): David Solomon
Source: Australian Financial Review
Scientology is a religious institution and exempt from State payroll tax, the High Court ruled unanimously yesterday. It was the first time that the court came head on with the question "What is religion?". All the judges rejected the view that belief in a supreme being was essential to religion. Justices Mason and Brennan, in a joint judgment, stressed the importance of the case in determining fundamental questions of religious freedom in Australia and the extent to which an individual is ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Oct 28, 1983
Scientology wins status of church in High Court — The Australian
Type: Press
Author(s): Carol Simmonds
Source: The Australian
THE High Court yesterday decided to end God's exclusive reign over the nation's religious affairs, opening the way for many non-mainstream religions to claim the legal status of a church and all the financial and other privileges that go with that status. In a landmark decision handed down in Perth, the Full Court unanimously rejected a narrow definition of religion and moved towards the American judicial view under which Buddhism, Taoism, Ethical Culture and Secular Humanism have been held to be ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Sep 16, 1983
3 ordered to pay Church damages — West Australian
Dec 9, 1982
ASIO action dropped — Canberra Times (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Canberra Times (Australia)
The Church of Scientology is to discontinue its High Court action against the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation. The national spokesman for the church, the Reverend Andrew Youngman, said yesterday that the church had achieved its primary object of ensuring that ASIO was subject to judicial review. It had been seeking a declaration against ASIO to stop it from gathering intelligence and passing on information about the church. The court ruled last month that, as stated, the case was bad. It gave ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Nov 10, 1982
Scientology's status challenged in court — Australian Financial Review
Type: Press
Author(s): David Solomon
Source: Australian Financial Review
A VERY old and pure form of tax avoidance favoured by governments throughout the western world came before the High Court yesterday. The device is not available to individuals. First they must band together and become recognised as a religion, before they can take advantage of the tax exemptions which are provided by legislatures for religions, or religious organisations, or religious bodies. The case before the High Court concerned the Church of the New Faith, as it is known in Victoria, ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Aug 2, 1982
Scientology makes its move for an 'all-clear' — Mercury (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Wayne Crawford
Source: Mercury (Australia)
Scientology was recently legalised in Victoria. Wayne Crawford reports on a bid by Bob Allsop (pictured), its community Affairs Director in that State, to clear obstacles to Scientology in Tasmania. A 20th century religious confessional aid — or a high-priced but primitive lie detector? Can it really register the screams of terror of tomatoes about to be assaulted with a knife, as was claimed by its inventor, L. Ron Hubbard, an American science fiction writer? Used correctly, is it a useful ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Jul 26, 1982
Constitution and general rules of the Church of Scientology Religious Education College
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Jun 25, 1982
Scientology ban lifted — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: The Age (Australia)
The Legislative Council yesterday passed legislation to lift bans on Scientology in Victoria. Scientology has been banned under a State law passed in 1965. There are 6000 scientologists in Victoria who practise their faith despite the ban. The Liberal and National Parties did not oppose a bill to amend the Psychological Practices Act, introduced by the Health Minister, Mr Roper. He claimed the act was a nonsense law brought in in a fit of panic in the 1960s. The Psychological Practices ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
May 6, 1982
Scientology ban to go despite court's ruling — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Louise Carbines, Damien Comerford
Source: The Age (Australia)
The Victorian Government will go ahead with plans to lift bans on Scientology despite a ruling yesterday by the State Full Court that the Scientology organisations could not claim to be a religion. The Minister for Health, Mr Roper, said that the court's ruling would have no impact whatsoever on the State Government decision to amend the Psychological Practices Act which has outlawed the Church of Scientology since 1975. He hopes to have the amendment passed by the end of the ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
May 6, 1982
Scientology is not religion, says court — Advertiser (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Advertiser (Australia)
MELBOURNE — The Victorian Full Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Church of the New Faith, practising Scientology, was not a religion or a religious institution. The Full Court unanimously dismissed an appeal by the organisation against a ruling by Mr. Justice Crockett in December, 1980, that it was not a religious organisation. Mr Justice Crockett had dismissed an appeal against a decision by the Commissioner of Payroll Tax not to grant the church an exemption from tax as a religious ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
May 6, 1982
Scientology no religion, court rules — West Australian
More: link
Type: Press
Source: West Australian
MELBOURNE: The Victorian Full Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Church of the New Faith, practising scientology, was not a religion or a religious institution. The full court unanimously dismissed an appeal by the organisation against a ruling by Mr Justice Crockett in December 1980 that it was not a religious organisation. Mr Justice Crockett was dismissing an appeal against a decision by the Commissioner of Payroll Tax not to grant the organisation an exemption from tax as a religious organisation. ...
Dec 2, 1981
Church seeks to register — Canberra Times (Australia)
Sep 22, 1981
Church tries to stop files — The Advertiser (Australia)
Apr 18, 1981
Churchmen urge an end to bans on scientology — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Louise Carbines
Source: The Age (Australia)
Officials of three churches have signed a petition calling on the State Government to lift bans on the Church of Scientology. The petition asks the Government to "review the Victorian Psychological Practices Act and remove all prohibitive sections aimed at members of the Church of Scientology purely on religious grounds. It further asks "that in future no legislation be passed which discriminates against any minority because of its beliefs". The petition concludes: "We are, we believe qualified to express opinion on ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Feb 25, 1981
Scientologists lodge appeal — The Age (Australia)
Dec 19, 1980
Scientologists lose appeal / Not religious, Judge rules — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Type: Press
Source: Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
MELBOURNE. - A Supreme Court judge in Melbourne ruled yesterday that the Church of the New Faith, practising scientology, was not a religious institution. The church had asked Mr Justice Crockett to rule that it was a religious institution and not liable to pay State payroll tax. The church had appealed against the refusal of the Commissioner of Payroll Tax to exempt it from paying payroll tax. Mr Justice Crockett said an institution did not become religious in character simply because ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Dec 19, 1980
Scientology religion claim sham, says judge — The Age (Australia)
Type: Press
Author(s): Prue Innes, Aileen Berry
Source: The Age (Australia)
The Scientology organisation's claims to be a religion were a sham, a Supreme Court judge said yesterday. Some of its services were grotesque, a mockery of religion, he said. Mr Justice Crockett made the comments in dismissing an appeal by the organisation, calling itself the Church of the New Faith, against a decision of the Commissioner of Payroll Tax not to grant it exemption from the tax as a religious institution. The Guardian of the Melbourne Church of Scientology, the Reverend ...
Item contributed by: Zhent (Anonymous)
Nov 21, 1980
Scientologists seek recognition — The Age (Australia)
Jul 16, 1980
A church returns and finds a home — The Age (Australia)
Mar 6, 1980
Church's 27 steps to refund of course charges — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
Dec 21, 1978
2 clerics back Scientology — The West Australian
Oct 18, 1978
Churches and Churchmen: Derided church now accepted — Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
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