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Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia by Steve Cannane

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  1. The Wrong Guy Member

    Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia | Harper Collins Australia

    As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best. From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed sons of media moguls, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal. Numerous Australians have held senior posts in the organisation only to fall foul of the top brass and lose their families as a result. Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.

    By Steve Cannane
    On Sale: 19/09/2016
    Format: Paperback
    ISBN: 9780733331329
    ISBN 10: 0733331327
    On Sale: 09/19/2016
    Pages: 320
    List Price: 32.99 AUD

    http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780733331329/
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  2. TorontosRoot Member

    Ultra nice. We have another awesome person kicking scientology's fraud to the ground.
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  3. Kilia Member

    This book should also be up for sale on Amazon! *seriously*
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  4. Kilia Member

    I'm so sad that this book is not available here in the USA. *sigh*
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  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Steve Cannane’s Oz-flavored Scientology history ‘Fair Game’ gets a UK-US-Canada publisher

    By Tony Ortega, September 12, 2016

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    Silvertail Books publisher Humfrey Hunter continues his remarkable streak for putting out books on Scientology as he announces today that he’s carrying Steve Cannane’s deeply researched history, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, and will make it available in the UK, the US, and in Canada at the same time that it hits bookshelves Down Under next week.

    Cannane has spent years covering Scientology for ABC Australia, but recently he moved to London on assignment. He’s headed to Sydney this week to begin appearances for his book, which is being released there by HarperCollins.

    Hunter adds Fair Game to his slate of Scientology books carried by Silvertail, including Ron Miscavige’s memoir Ruthless (UK), Lawrence Wright’s Going Clear (UK), Russell Miller’s Bare-Faced Messiah (US/UK), John Sweeney’s Church of Fear, (US/UK), and our own The Unbreakable Miss Lovely (US/UK/Canada/Australia).

    “Before I read Fair Game, I thought there might not be much more to say about Scientology, given how many superb books have already been written about it,” Hunter tells us. “But I was wrong. Fair Game is a brilliant, high class piece of investigative work. It’s full of revelations, both historical and modern, which add a wonderful layer of new information to what is already known about Scientology. The stories Steve has uncovered about the nefarious goings on in Australia in the 1960s are particularly astonishing, not to mention revealing about the true character of the church of Scientology when L. Ron Hubbard was still alive. This book is a very special achievement which belongs alongside the other great books on the subject and I cannot wait for people to start reading it.”

    Continued here:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/09/12/st...tory-fair-game-gets-a-uk-us-canada-publisher/
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  7. TorontosRoot Member

    He's prepared for the cult's fair game tactics. The more that speak out/write books/make documentaries/films, the less the cult can do about it and it blows up in their faces. After all, how many left? None of them can be declared "liars". Scientology is the big time liar.
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  8. RightOn Member

    I got an awful BIG list of "liars" :D
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  9. The Wrong Guy Member

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  10. The Saturday Paper Review of Fair Game.

    The Saturday Paper: Fair Game

    https://www.thesaturdaypaper.com.au/2016/09/30/fair-game/14740344003730

    * * * * * BEGIN CONCLUSION * * * * *

    No one from the Church of Scientology agreed to be interviewed by Cannane, and their lawyers, like those of Tom Cruise, flatly denied all allegations. But Cannane has been scrupulous in his pursuit and documentation of the evidence for his claims, conducting countless interviews and examining thousands of pages of legal and other documents. Fair Game has more than 30 pages of densely typed endnotes. A number of people – big names as well as smaller players – have spoken about their experiences here for the first time, at considerable risk to themselves. Cannane would be all too aware that publication makes him and his collaborators “fair game” – this is a book that is as brave as it is good.

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  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Talking highlights of ‘Fair Game’ with its author, Aussie journalist Steve Cannane

    By Tony Ortega, September 19, 2016

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    Steve Cannane’s book Fair Game was released today around the world by HarperCollins (in Australia) and Silvertail Books (UK, US, Canada). Steve gave us an advance look at the book, and so we sent him some questions about some of the things we found really remarkable in it.

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    The Bunker: Americans will be fascinated by your chapter on Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman. Give us a brief rundown on how you’ve advanced the story on wiretapping Kidman’s phone. It looked like you got pretty good cooperation from Marty Rathbun, and lots of denials from Tom Cruise’s attorney, Bert Fields.

    Steve: I spoke to Marty Rathbun twice for the book. Once very early on in my research, and the second time in June 2015. Marty wasn’t too keen to talk the second time. I got the feeling he was done talking about Scientology. But I badgered him and lucky for me he agreed to talk. I remember interviewing him at 3 am Sydney time and the information he gave me about Kidman and Cruise, and James Packer, was fascinating, details he had not revealed previously. It wasn’t information he had been hiding, I believe it was more of a case that he hadn’t been asked certain questions. For example in Going Clear he revealed details about the wiretapping operation on Nicole Kidman, but I wanted to know who was Nicole talking to that was upsetting Tom. Marty said straight out – Russell Crowe – and that they had done a big background investigation on him. Marty said there was nothing untoward about what Russell was doing – that he was being a good friend to Nicole in a time of need. Now Bert Fields denies Cruise had anything to do with phone tapping, and there’s a few other comments from him in the book, but I have some other new revelations about this operation as well. I also have more details about the role Michael Doven played as Scientology spy in the house of Cruise/Kidman, which I first saw reported by you at the Village Voice, and what happened when Marty took Nicole through the PTS/SP course — I may be wrong, but I have not seen that reported before.

    The Bunker: Scientology is struggling in Australia, but the recent opening of a new “Advanced Org” near Sydney indicates that it continues to be an important location to David Miscavige. Can you give us some prediction for what’s likely to happen to Australia over the next few years?

    Steve: I believe Scientology will continue to go backwards in Australia. It’s virtually impossible to recruit young Australians to the organization. The Internet has killed its business model in western countries. Any young person interested in Scientology has seen all the horror stories online. They may be opening new buildings, but their numbers are dwindling. In the last census figures in Australia they had dropped by 13 percent to 2,163. New census figures should be out in the next year, if they do go up, I would bet it would be on the back of flying in Taiwanese Scientologists on religious visas to make sure they were in Australia on census night!

    There's more here, with open comments:
    http://tonyortega.org/2016/09/19/ta...h-its-author-aussie-journalist-steve-cannane/
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  12. Revealed: How Scientology secretly 'audited' billionaire James Packer, wooed him in Tom Cruise's penthouse and 'even spied on him' before making him their top recruitment target

    Daily Mail: Revealed: How Scientology secretly 'audited' billionaire James Packer, wooed him in Tom Cruise's penthouse and 'even spied on him' before making him their top recruitment target
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...ch-Scientology-plot-recruit-James-Packer.html

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    New details of Church plot to recruit Australian billionaire James Packer

    Author Steve Cannane has published book about Scientology in Australia

    30 devoted followers scrubbed carpark floors 'all night' for Packer arrival

    The casino king has said he found Scientology's practices 'helpful'

    However, he severed ties with the Church in about 2006

    The Church of Scientology denied allegations contained in the book

    By DANIEL PIOTROWSKI FOR DAILY MAIL AUSTRALIA

    PUBLISHED: 21:10 EST, 21 September 2016 | UPDATED: 01:21 EST, 22 September 2016

    A crack squad of 30 devout Scientologists 'worked all night' scrubbing the carpark of its Sydney headquarters with all-purpose cleaner to prepare for a visit from James Packer.

    That's according to a new book by author Steve Cannane - Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia - which details stunning claims of an alleged plot to recruit the billionaire and his friend Lachlan Murdoch.

    In the early 2000s, Mr Packer would receive 'auditing' from top Scientology personnel and penthouse treatment with Tom Cruise at its LA celebrity base.

    'The big project we were working on was Jamie (Packer),' said Marty Rathbun, the Church's former second in command, who described himself in the book as Mr Packer's auditor (or counsellor) in the United States.

    Mr Rathbun said: 'Jamie would come by from time to time when he was in the States and we would after session go up to the President's suite.
    'It's the penthouse suite at the Celebrity Centre (in Los Angeles) - Tom had it reserved for that entire several month period.'

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  13. Why does Australia sponsor the dangerous cult of Scientology?

    The Australian - Why does Australia sponsor the dangerous cult of Scientology?
    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/opi...y/news-story/0cd5e1c86ddd45d061c8c11fd9928f3b

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    Why does Australia sponsor the dangerous cult of Scientology?

    The Australian 1:52PM September 23, 2016

    JACK THE INSIDER
    Columnist Canberra
    @JacktheInsider

    Journalist Steve Cannane has just released a book called Fair Game: The Untold Story of Scientology in Australia.

    Steve’s a mate of mine. He has been working on the book for some time. I haven’t read it as yet but Steve and I chatted a number of times while he was doing the research and writing.

    The release of the book got me to thinking about religion in Australia and its legal framework or the lack thereof. I’ve been keeping an eye on Scientology and various other cults in Australian for a long time. Their theological tenets, such as they are, are often laughably incoherent and fantastically structured. Scientology is no different.

    This, in a nutshell, is what Scientologists believe:

    Around 75 million years ago, a dictator of the Galactic Confederacy, Xenu brought billions of aliens to Earth in a spaceship that oddly looked a lot like a DC-8, then stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs. Their souls clustered together and stuck to the bodies of the living known as Thebans and continue to create chaos and havoc today.

    We are all Thebans, according to Scientology but as you might expect, some are more Thetan than others. There exists a hierarchy of thetanhood — we all start as a Level I but only when we buy a lot of Scientology approved science fiction can we climb up the ladder.

    [SNIP]

    But ultimately what defines a cult and separates it from a legitimate religion is the practice of exclusion. When a person joins a cult, he or she is denied access to their families, to their children, to their spouses, to their brothers and sisters. The reverse is commonplace in cults too. When someone is cast out they are denied contact with family members who remain in the cult.

    It is particularly cruel and utterly repugnant. The notion taxpayers should be putting their hands in their pockets in support of the practice is absurd.

    Exclusion and separation give our politicians a point of definition that enables them to determine what is a genuine religion and what is a cult. If a religious organisation practices exclusion and separation, it’s a cult and off the tax exempt list. It’s simple enough.

    We can laugh at the crazy Scientology faux theology but there’s no doubting it is dangerous. The really crazy thing is Scientology has been sponsored by taxpayers for a very long time.

    I don’t think there’d be too many sensible people in Australia who would argue that it should stop at once.


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  14. PODCAST: Investigating Scientology in Australia: Steve Cannane

    Conversations with Richard Fidler - Investigating Scientology in Australia: Steve Cannane

    http://www.abc.net.au/radio/program...ientology-in-australia:-steve-cannane/7854448

    Audio at link.

    * * * * * BEGIN INTRODUCTION * * * * *

    Investigating Scientology in Australia: Steve Cannane

    MP3 available 23.34 MB

    Founded by science fiction writer, L. Ron Hubbard, the Church of Scientology is secretive about its practices, and famously litigious.

    Members are strongly discouraged from speaking about it to outsiders, and punished if found to have done so.

    Scientology was banned in three states of Australia for some time, but the organisation continues to attract members.

    Steve Cannane is the ABC's European Correspondent. His first stories on Scientology were for ABC TV's Lateline.

    During the past four years he's spoken with more than 200 former members of the church, and compiled a substantial expose of Scientology's operations in Australia.

    Steve says the church's operations in the West have been decimated by the internet.

    Further information

    Fair Game - the Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia is published by Harper Collins

    Duration: 50min 35sec
    Broadcast: Fri 23 Sep 2016, 11:00am
    Published: Sat 17 Sep 2016, 1:51am


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  15. A Former Scientologist Got A Protection Visa As A Victim Of Human Trafficking

    An article based on Steve Cannane's book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia.

    Buzzfeed: A Former Scientologist Got A Protection Visa As A Victim Of Human Trafficking

    https://www.buzzfeed.com/ginarushto...as-a-victim-of?utm_term=.xpLPN9q2b#.eymQMXrxK

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    A Former Scientologist Got A Protection Visa As A Victim Of Human Trafficking

    With the help of lawyers and the Red Cross, Jose Navarro is living a new life in Australia after leaving Scientology.

    posted on Sept. 22, 2016, at 6:57 p.m.

    Gina Rushton
    BuzzFeed News Reporter, Australia

    Venezuelan man Jose Navarro was 20 when he became a Scientologist and went aboard Freewinds, the church’s 440-foot luxury cruise ship, as a chef in 1993.

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    But once Navarro admitted to having pre-marital sex with a fellow trainee in 2006, he was sent off Freewinds and to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF) centre in Australia.

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    After two and a half years at the RPF, which the Church of Scientology maintains was a voluntary religious retreat, Navarro told Cannane he escaped in 2010 when he was taken to the church’s building in Glebe.

    With just $30 in his pocket he spent a week sleeping in Sydney’s Botanic Gardens, eating one meal a day from McDonalds.

    Eventually he found a woman who had also escaped from the church and she helped organise share accommodation.

    He was referred to the Australian Federal Police’s human trafficking unit where, with the help of the Red Cross and Anti-Slavery Australia, he secured a protection visa and permanent residency in Australia on the grounds that he was a victim of human trafficking.

    [SNIP]


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  16. TorontosRoot Member

    Boom!! Glad he's safe!!
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  17. Steve Cannane talks about his Scientology book Fair Game on Today, 20-09-16
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  18. RightOn Member

    Available on Amazon now
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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    Fair Game: The incredible untold story of Scientology in Australia: Steve Cannane | Amazon

    FAIR GAME: a policy by which enemies of Scientology can be, according to L. Ron Hubbard, ‘deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist without any discipline of the Scientologist. May be tricked, sued or lied to or destroyed.’

    From James Packer to Nicole Kidman to elite Rugby League players trying to improve their game, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal. A number of Australians have held senior posts in the organisation only to fall foul of the top brass and lose their families as a result.

    Based on years of interviews and meticulous research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia’s vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.

    Australia - https://www.amazon.com.au/Fair-Game-Incredible-Scientology-Australia-ebook/dp/B00JDVPR96

    Canada - https://www.amazon.ca/Fair-Game-incredible-Scientology-Australia/dp/1909269468

    UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Fair-Game-incredible-Scientology-Australia/dp/1909269468

    US - https://www.amazon.com/Fair-Game-incredible-Scientology-Australia/dp/1909269468
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    Tom Cruise Spied On Ex Nicole Kidman’s Friend Russell Crowe, Feared Cheating | Radar Online

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    Tom Cruise and his Scientology allies were infamously rumored to have wiretapped Nicole Kidman after their nasty split in 2001. But now, a shocking new tell-all about the religion is claiming the paranoid actor also spied on his ex-wife’s friend, Russell Crowe.

    In Steve Cannane‘s book Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia, the journalist alleges that the 54-year-old father wanted to dig into the then up-and-coming star’s relationship to Kidman and pry inside his personal life.

    Cruise “wanted to find out more about the conversations she was having with her long-term friend,” former Scientologist Marty Rathbun told Cannane in the book. “We got in a big background number on Crowe. We went and investigated him to find out everything about him right down to the doctor who delivered him.”

    Masterminded by Cruise, the church began a full-blown “surveillance operation” on Crowe, now 52, who was rising to fame for his Oscar-winning role in Gladiator.

    Despite the scheming superstar’s suspicions, “there was no evidence that Crowe was being anything other than a good friend” to Kidman, Cannane wrote.

    Rathbun, who claimed he knew about the content of the calls and even briefed Scientology leader David Miscavige on the matter, insisted the conversations were innocent.

    “In my personal opinion, there was nothing to warrant any concern,” he assured Cannane.

    Continued here:
    http://radaronline.com/celebrity-news/tom-cruise-spied-ex-nicole-kidman-friend-russell-crowe/
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  22. RightOn Member

    Good interview.
    I thought the little boy who was put in the chain locker was punished for chewing on a ticket of some sort that he was supposed to bring to Hubbard, according to Hana Whitfield?
    Cannane says it was because he threw a rolex watch over board? I never heard that story before.
    Anyone?
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  24. Steve Cannane’s book reveals disturbing new claims about the Church of Scientology.
    News Com AU: Steve Cannane’s book reveals disturbing new claims about the Church of Scientology

    http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/real-life/wtf/steve-cannanes-book-reveals-disturbing-new-claims-about-the-church-of-scientology/news-story/dfe8c28a7153e5c96360b29b2b70adfe

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    IN 2008, Jose Navarro was sent to Australia as a form of punishment.

    It was 15 years after the then-35-year-old Venezualan joined the Church of Scientology, where he worked aboard the church’s luxury cruise ship Freewinds as a chef.

    His crime? He ended up falling in love with a fellow trainee on the ship.

    The woman in question was working on the ship as punishment, and the authorities of the church forbade them from engaging during this period.

    When it was discovered they subsequently had premarital sex regardless, Navarro was told he would be sent to the Rehabilitation Project Force (RPF), a correctional centre in Australia.

    Only after he arrived here did he learn the woman had been pregnant with their child and, he claims, forced to have an abortion on the Freewinds.

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  25. TorontosRoot Member

    What's scientology gonna say? *DENY DENY DENY! THIS NEVER HAPPENED! GET YOUR STAYS IN!!*
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  26. Quentinanon Member

    "Never fear to hurt another in a just cause"
    "The greatest good for the greatest number of dynamics"
    L. Ron Hubbard
  27. Quentinanon Member

    Perhaps he did both, but what the hell is an unsupervised 5 year old doing on a ship at sea?
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  28. RightOn Member


    Signing a billion year contract?
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  29. TorontosRoot Member

    Being told to guard the ship?
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  31. Quentinanon Member

    Hubbard knew that he could not make his version of supermen, so instead he called for a recruitment of celebrities to con the public into thinking that scientology had something to do with their inherent talent. And to David Miscavige, wealthy celebrities mean an increase in the lavishness of his lifestyle.
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  32. The Wrong Guy Member

    What constitutes a Church? Scientology in Australia | ABC Radio National Australia

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    There’s a famous video clip of actor Tom Cruise saluting a portrait of the man he calls L.R.H. Cruise is referring to L. Ron Hubbard, founder of the Church of Scientology.

    But there was a time when the Scientologists' cheerleader wasn’t a Hollywood star, but the Australian High Court judge Lionel Murphy.

    Murphy wasn’t a scientologist – not remotely – but one of his rulings made Australia the first country to recognise Scientology as a religion.

    ABC journalist Steve Cannane has been asking some tough questions about the religious status, the money and the abuse of power inside Hubbard’s so-called church for his new book, Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia.

    So how did Australia’s highest court help create scientology as a religion?

    Article:
    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational...tes-a-church-scientology-in-australia/7884450

    Audio (15-minute 14.6-MB MP3):
    http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/rn/podcast/2016/09/rer_20160928_1750.mp3
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