worry about the fact that these five people
have made other allegations that have been dismissed as baseless by
police and coroners. Where were the “victims” of
religions? Nowhere to be seen.
is bitterly disappointing to Australian
Scientologists is that Senator Xenophon still refuses to meet with them
and hear their side of the story, see how they live and work, and learn
for himself of the public benefit of their religion that they
personally contribute to and work on – a story that is never
heard in the controversy of a current affairs show or a 15 second sound
the situation demands a firsthand examination and
open talk with both sides. After such a protracted media campaign, with
nothing new being said and the old allegations firmly debunked, why
can’t current Scientologists get a fair go at telling their
week on radio the Senator blamed his office staff
for this failure to meet with real life Scientologists. The following
day, he twice refused meeting again. He gave the coming election as a
reason why he could not visit when asked in person at the hearing. An
election not yet announced, and one which won’t affect him,
because his term as a Senator will not conclude until 2014.
his thirst to hunt down those perceived to have done
wrong, Senator Xenophon now wants to place at risk charitable status of
all churches and charities.
many charities this will involve onerous compliance
costs and potential retrospective taxation.
there was the super-profits tax.
Australian charities and churches should brace for
the supernatural tax.