C H U R C H O F S C I E N T O L O G Y
A u s t r a l i a , N e w Z e a l a n d a n d O c e a n i a
5 February 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY RESPONDS TO
XENOPHON IN PARLIAMENT
CANBERRA – The Church of Scientology responded in Parliament yesterday to
allegations made by Senator Xenophon in the Senate last November. The
Church sought redress under a resolution of the Senate "relating to the
protection of persons” who are referred to in Senate proceedings.
The Senate Committee of Privileges tabled its 143rd Report yesterday and
resolved that the response from the Church of Scientology Australia to
Senator Xenophon's allegations "be incorporated in Hansard in full and
The response states "Senator Xenophon’s statements under Parliamentary
privilege were false and unsubstantiated. Had Senator Xenophon sought
confirmation of any of the allegations with the Church, we would have
provided to him factual documents, including coronial reports, refuting them
and endorsements of the Church by numerous community groups and
countless individuals, including former members.”
The former members that the Senator relied upon, which number a handful,
have publicly supported the cyber-hate group, Anonymous, a group whose
members boasted about their unlawful attacks on the Australian Prime
Minister’s website earlier this year, and whose members have been
prosecuted criminally in the United States for illegal attacks on Church of
Scientology websites. Anonymous members throughout the world have
committed heinous actions of violence, bombing, hate mail and terrorism. In
fact, Aaron Saxton, for whom Senator Xenophon tabled allegations, is one of
the ringleaders of Anonymous in Australia and has posted self-made videos
inciting people to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Anonymous and “go nuts”.
Church of Scientology responds to Xenophon in Parliament
The Church’s Right of Reply continues: “All of these matters are the subject
of documented evidence and sworn witness statements that the Church was
prepared to provide to Senator Xenophon had he asked for them. Yet,
Senator Xenophon never responded to the Church's request for a meeting
with him prior to his parliamentary speech on 17 November 2009.
We regret that this matter has come before the Senate in this manner and
seek only to correct the record.”
The Church filed an Annexure to its Right of Reply on 1 February giving
specific documentation on these matters which was also passed by the Senate Privileges Committee.
The High Court of Australia recognised Scientology as a religion in a landmark
decision in October 1983 that became a benchmark for religions in Australia.
Scientology is an applied religious philosophy that has helped millions of
people the world over to lead better lives. And Scientology is expanding like
never before. Today, there are more than 8,000 churches, missions and
affiliated groups in 165 nations—doubling in number over the last five years.
Over the past year, the Church completed the restoration of many landmark
buildings and inaugurated seven major new Church buildings - in Malmo
(Sweden), Dallas, Nashville (Tennessee), Rome, Washington, DC, Quebec and
Brussels with Las Vegas opening this weekend.
Currently, more than 100 volunteers from the Church of Scientology are in
Haiti conducting practical disaster relief work to help the earthquake survivors.
For more information on Scientology, visit: www.scientology.org.
(Link to the Church of Scientology’s Right of Reply)
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