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Aug 26, 2010 Concerns raised over group's scientology link — Stuff.co.nz
A new lobby group for families affected by suicide has sparked concerns over links with the Church of Scientology. Casper (Community Action on Suicide Prevention, Education & Research) was formed by two mothers who lost their children to suicide. However, Green MP Kevin Hague said the Citizens Commission for Human Rights (CCHR) was closely associated with Casper, and was established as an arm of the Church of Scientology. Maria Bradshaw, mother of suicide victim Toran Henry, 17, said the new group ...
Jul 2, 2010 Time is running out for the Church of Scientology — The Punch (Australia)
The Punch (Australia)
Believe it or not, Senate Inquiries can generate all sorts of humorous exchanges. A hearing earlier this week into the Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill generated so much laughter at one point, you could be forgiven for thinking you were watching ‘Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure’ instead. It went something like this. When discussing the impact of the introduction of a Charities Commission in New Zealand, the Church of Scientology’s New Zealand Secretary, Michael Ferriss, explained that the organisation’s ...
Jul 1, 2010 A Current Affair: Scientology tax — Channel 9 (aka ninemsn) (Australia) More: youtube.com
Channel 9 (aka ninemsn) (Australia)
An investigation is underway to determine whether controversial religious sect, The Church of Scientology, should be taxed on its proceeds. We look at the pros and cons.
Jun 29, 2010 'Taxpayers shouldn't fund abuse': ex-Scientologists — The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)
FORMER members of the Church of Scientology have told a Senate committee of the "ruthlessness" of the church and its judicial system, and argued it should not be eligible for tax-free status. "Australian taxpayers should not be funding systematic, organised abuse," said Janette Vonthehoff, who claimed her passport was taken from her and she was forcibly prevented from returning to Australia from the United States when she was eight weeks pregnant, because the church ordered she must finish "training". Sydney tax ...
Jun 28, 2010 Parliament of Australia Senate // Inquiry into Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010: Day 1 More:
aph.gov.au, aph.gov.au, Nice compendium @ OCMB Jun 28, 2010 Scientology says it's just like Salvos — Australian Associated Press (AAP)
Australian Associated Press (AAP)
The Church of Scientology has compared itself to The Salvation Army, while defending its benefit to the community in a Senate inquiry. The organisation was scrutinised by an inquiry into legislation proposed by independent senator Nick Xenophon, which would require religious groups to prove what public benefit they provide, before getting tax breaks. Its representative, Virginia Stewart, told the committee its members lent a hand in times of disaster and promoted drug-free messages. "The church believes the proposed bill is inherently ...
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