• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S BRANCH OF THE SCIENTOLOGY CULT WERE SUMMONED TO PERTH MAGISTRATES COURT LAST WEEK TO FACE CHARGES OF RUNNING AN ILLEGAL ORGANISATION.

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    MEMBERS OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA'S BRANCH OF THE SCIENTOLOGY CULT WERE SUMMONED TO PERTH MAGISTRATES COURT LAST WEEK TO FACE CHARGES OF RUNNING AN ILLEGAL ORGANISATION.

    THE HUBBARD ASSOCIATION OF SCIENTOLOGISTS INTERNATIONAL FACES CHARGES UNDER A NEW LAW PASSED BY THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA STATE PARLIAMENT BANNING THE PRACTICE OF SCIENTOLOGY, THE INTERNATIONAL CULT FOUNDED BY AMERICAN FORMER SCIENCE-FICTION WRITER LAFAYETTE RON HUBBARD.

    THEIR DEFENCE SOLICITOR TOLD THE COURT THAT THE NEW LAW WAS THE WORST PIECE OF LEGISLATION HE HAD EVER COME ACROSS. HE SAID THERE WAS NOT ONE SCRAP OF EVIDENCE TO SUGGEST THAT THE SCIENTOLOGY PRACTICED IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA WAS THE SCIENTOLOGY DEFINED BY THE STATUTE.

    THE STATUTE DEFINES SCIENTOLOGY AS THE STUDY OF KNOWLEDGE, THE HUMAN MIND AND BEHAVIOUR, AS ADVOCATED IN THE WRITINGS OF HUBBARD, AND DISSEMINATED BY THE HUBBARD ASSOCIATION. THE SOLICITOR CLAIMED THERE WAS NOTHING TO CONNECT THE ASSOCIATION WITH THE PUBLISHERS OF HUBBARD'S WRITINGS, OTHER THAN THE FACT THAT THEY WERE FOUND IN THE ASSOCIATION'S PERTH HEADQUARTERS.

    THE PROSECUTION PRODUCED A MASS OF EXHIBITS COLLECTED IN POLICE RAIDS ON THE ASSOCIATION'S PREMISES. THEY INCLUDED FILES, BOOKS, THOUSANDS OF LETTERS AND AN ELECTROMETER, A DEVICE SAID TO BE USED TO TEST REACTIONS TO QUESTIONING.

    IN COURT WERE SEVERAL LEADING MEMBERS OF THE ORGANISATION, INCLUDING MR. MICHAEL GRAHAM (IN DOC COLLAR) AND HIS BROTHER.

    THE MAGISTRATE RESERVED HIS DECISION IN THE CASE. SIMILAR CHARGES AGAINST 15 PEOPLE SAID TO BE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION WERE ADJOURNED.

    (ACTION AGAINST SCIENTOLOGISTS IN AUSTRALIA BEGAN IN 1963 WHEN THE STATE PARLIAMENT OF VICTORIA SET UP A BOARD OF INQUIRY INTO THE CULT. IT REPORTED IN 1965 THAT ITS PRACTICE WAS A SERIOUS THREAT TO THE COMMUNITY, MEDICALLY, MORALLY AND SOCIALLY. NOT ALL STATES IN AUSTRALIA HAVE BANNED THE CULT UP TO THE PRESENT.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVARMBBPYAIHL4OPV1KSSOQ8XGY
    Media URN:
    VLVARMBBPYAIHL4OPV1KSSOQ8XGY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:13:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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