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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Australians hit out at 'shifty and deceptive' Church of Scientology for disguising an outreach centre as a ‘mental health and human rights exhibit’ with cameras inside
    • A mental health and human rights display in central Sydney has sparked outrage
    • It has been revealed the exhibition has links to the Church of Scientology
    • CCHR, the group behind the exhibition, was co-founded by the church
    • The stall will close after a 'significant number of complaints, City of Sydney says
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    A free exhibition has been labelled as 'shifty and deceptive' after curious passerbys discovered links to the Church of Scientology.

    The 'Mental Health and Human Rights' exhibit in Sydney's Martin Place has sparked outrage online after connections to the controversial church were revealed.

    Following a 'significant number of complaints' about the exhibition, the City of Sydney has requested the stall close within the next 24 hours.

    A photo, along with a warning about the exhibit, was shared on Reddit this week.

    The reddit user who posted the image said the exhibit was 'mostly bullshit' and a 'front for the church'.

    'When you go in this tent there's cameras on you at all times. They try and get you to sign petitions asking for your name and address, so it all feels pretty off.'

    One commentor called the set up 'creepy', while another labelled the exhibit 'shifty and deceptive'.

    'I'd respect them more if they had the balls to slap a big Scientology banner on that tent with "come in and see why we're against psychology" underneath it,' a reddit user said.

    'I mean, they're entitled to their opinion. Instead, they have a vague, wishy-washy name in a bid to weasel out of bad publicity, except we all know it's Scientology anyway. Call a spade a spade, fellas.'

    The exhibit is being run by Citizens Commission on Human Rights Australia.

    Continued at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...h-exhibit-Sydney-ties-Church-Scientology.html
  3. The Wrong Guy Member

    Two years after Scientology rehabbed an Australian acoustics lab, the silence is deafening

    By Bryan Seymour, September 4, 2018

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    The silence is eerie at the National Acoustics Laboratory in Chatswood.

    At one time it was a bustling hub for engineers, scientists, and researchers working on Hearing Science, Audiology, Behavioural Science, Communication Science and Digital Processing. They made breakthroughs and exported their technology and products around the world.

    Then Scientology bought and renovated the property. In 2016 they held a gala event to open their Australasian HQ. Australia’s first Ideal “Advanced Org” was, promised leader David Miscavige, “destined to be a beacon of freedom for the Asia Pacific region.”

    The early indicators, however, were not great. Organisers could manage only a paltry crowd of less than 1,500. And in the absence of any prominent speakers, a cavalcade of randoms got up to speak.

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    The sprawling 145,000 square foot complex appears to be mostly empty.

    After paying more than $57 million to buy and renovate the property, Scientology planned to ferry 275 Scientologists in by bus every day. These were presumably existing attendees at the previous facility at Dundas.

    They also announced they would launch a recruitment drive to attract North Sydney residents battling drug addiction and depression. No such recruitment drive seems to have occurred. The fact that Scientology does not have a license to provide drug treatment and mental services at the complex may have dissuaded those in need from joining up.

    More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/09/04/t...alian-acoustics-lab-the-silence-is-deafening/
  4. The Wrong Guy Member

    How to finance a Scientology church in a city without any Scientologists

    By Rod Keller, The Underground Bunker, December 2, 2017

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    Adelaide is Australia’s fifth largest city, and is known as the “city of churches.” This week Scientology raised the money needed to purchase a new building that will replace its old storefront with an Ideal Org. It marks the end of one phase and the start of a new round of fundraising to renovate the building.

    The wealthy Clearwater and Los Angeles Scientologists have been absent so far, but the money doesn’t come from the locals in Adelaide. They are primarily small business owners in Melbourne and Sydney.

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    Using this timeline of donations we estimate Scientology has raised 2.5 million Australian Dollars, or about US$ 1.9 million. The good news for Scientology is that the building they are buying appears to be in good condition and the renovations should be inexpensive. We have only one photo.

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    More at https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/02/h...-church-in-a-city-without-any-scientologists/
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology school sinks to new low, but the federal dollars keep pouring in

    By Bryan Seymour, The Underground Bunker, December 10, 2018

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    Scientology has sunk to a new low in Australia. That’s difficult to do, given the long history of appalling abuse inflicted here by the cult.

    Now they are selling off part of a school to raise money — not to improve the lives of the children they are supposed to be teaching; but to enrich the cult they serve.

    You can read about it in the press here.

    Basically, the Yarralinda Primary School and Early Learning Center in Mooroolbark (a Melbourne suburb) has decided to become a property developer. They will sell a 1960-square-metre parcel of the school grounds, including the netball court, (the children don’t need that when they have L Ron Hubbard’s Applied Scholastics), in the hope they can get $1.15 million for it. That land will then be developed into residential dwellings.

    The reason for this cash grab is that the school, like the cult which runs it, is struggling to recruit human beings. It has just 23 students and four teaching staff. But it has to pretend it is flourishing.

    In 2011, I revealed that Yarralinda, one of two Scientology schools in Australia, had mortgaged its property for $1 million. That money was then gifted to Scientology to help finance its new Ideal Org in Melbourne. At the same time, the school relied on Government funding to survive. Despite spending far less per student on education, they determined that creating a large, empty building to glorify their diminutive leader was more important than the future of the children in their care.

    Yarralinda School received in 2011 from taxpayers $300,000 under a special stimulus program and $340,000 funding over four years from the Australian Government for a total of 26 students. During that period, Yarralinda mortgaged their property an donated $1 million to Scientology for the new Melbourne church.

    I checked today and the figures are now worse — in 2016 Yarralinda received $300,000 from state and federal governments in one year. This year they will receive $11,875 per student from the federal government, rising to $18,164 per student in 2027. Not bad for an educational institution which regurgitates the drivel of a proven liar and narcissist in L Ron Hubbard – who famously flunked out of college but claimed to have a PhD from Sequoia University, a notorious diploma mill.

    Scientology takes taxpayer money for school children which it then gives to itself to create a huge, empty building which provides no public service. It then pays no tax, ’employs’ staff, who toil for almost no compensation as a slave labour workforce, while investing in more real estate to guarantee future income for its autocratic, abusive leader, David Miscavige.

    There’s a lesson here – one I fear the children at Scientology’s schools will never learn.

    Watch more here: “Unsuitable” Scientology Schools targeted for Official Senate Enquiry



    Continued at https://tonyortega.org/2018/12/10/s...-low-but-the-federal-dollars-keep-pouring-in/
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