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Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australia?

Discussion in 'Australia and New Zealand' started by X-Member-Hooray, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. X-Member-Hooray

    X-Member-Hooray Patron with Honors

    Hi,

    Just wondering if anyone has any update of the possibility of Scn losing its charitable
    status / tax exemption in Australia? Some time ago I contacted NIck Xenophon who was working on it. Not had any news for the past year or so.

    X-Member-Hooray
     
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    Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

    This would be a good outcome, but also exposing the creepy manipulative and abusive behaviours associated with the cult is possibly enough to bring it down by starvation of membership. In Australia, it is possible for a group to lose its religious tax exemption - there is a recent precedent.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/na...taxman-3-million/story-fndo471r-1226449156640

    So far, the sham-religion of Scientology has resisted this by its usual apparently nefarious means. It may not be for long, with the snowball of allegations.
     
  3. Infinite

    Infinite Troublesome Internet Fringe Dweller

    Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

    ..

    The Dutch - doinitrite. Where's that kittykat dude, I would love to get a look at the DOX which lead up to this. Its been rumbling along for a while now and one of the key elements appears to be drawing political attention to the situation. All seems to have gone quiet on the Australian front. Not too sure why except that the process can be gueling and requires a united front without interference from those wanting to keep the "reglious" angle running.

    Scientology is not a religion in most countries so has ducked for cover under the tax benefit afforded to "charities". It then becomes a matter of countering Scientology's claims of providing a "public benefit" which qualifies the charitable status. Its slowly becoming apparent to the New Zealand authorities that Scientology's charitable status is questionable . . . thing is, our public service is being severely run down and trying to get unmotivated, underpaid, staff to take action on what they consider to be only a minor issue is tough, especially when Scientology has little qualms about dragging things through the longest process possible with all the concomitant mendacious machinations required by KSW Standard L Ron Hubbard Scientolog Tech.

    Still, if the Dutch, a nation known for tolerance, can do it, lets celebrate what victories we can on the way to our own . . .

    [video]http://youtu.be/QinHZpXiB5Q[/video]​
     
  4. X-Member-Hooray

    X-Member-Hooray Patron with Honors

    Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

     
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    Check out the Victorian State Enquiry into child abuse within religious and other tax-exempt entities. If people have stories of child abuse , or family abuse that affects children, or children put under difficult living conditions - please make a small submission to this enquiry before September 21st 2012.
    (Submissions from Victoria or Australia - or International will be accepted.)


    From Parliament Website -
    Submission deadline extended for child abuse Inquiry
    The Committee today announced an extension to the submission deadline for the Inquiry into the Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Non-Government Organisations.
    Submissions are now due by Friday 21 September 2012.
    Please click here to view the Submission Guide
    Please click on the link below to view the media release.
    Media Release
     
  6. Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

    it is quite possible to denounce catholicism as a sham religion and in deed many do.

    when i first encountered scientology in the early '70's i was well aware of this particular controversy but even a cursory examination convinced me that it is impeccably well qualified to present itself as a religion and receive the dispensation the law accords to a church
     
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    Of course. Don't worry, there are many people of the same opinion. That is how religious cloaking works.
     
  8. RogerB

    RogerB Crusader

    Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

    Well, we do now have the Charities Commission set up about to go into action in Oz . . . . you can bet your booties their first action will be to do an investigation into and an analysis of the balance between good and benefit to society versus the harm, lies, corruption and financial rip-offs practiced by the cult . . . . .

    Patience, my Lovelies . . . .

    R
     
  9. sallydannce

    sallydannce Gold Meritorious Patron

    Re: Any update on Scientology losing its not for profit charitable status in Australi

    My bold.

    Indeed, indeed.

    That which is not yet visible and all that jazz. :)