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The Australian Senate decided to look into the tax-exempt status of Australian charities, and determine if they were worthy of their status, as many of us in the United States feel that our government should do, particularly with scientology.

Here is a link to the Parliment of Australia's information page:
Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010

They welcomed submissions on the matter, before the official inquiry began; they received 84 submissions, which can be found here: http://www.aph.gov.au/senate/committee/economics_ctte/public_benefit_test_10/submissions.htm

The Inquiry was broadcast live on Australian television, and was recorded by a critic who goes by the name "mnql1".

Many thanks to "mnql1" for the videos!  ||||9000||||


A video of the entire hearing is here (92 mb): http://www.megaupload.com/?d=UFWTNYR3

and on YouTube:

Dr. Stephen Mutch

Dr.  Stephen Mutch (1/5) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Dr.  Stephen Mutch (2/5) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Dr.  Stephen Mutch (3/5) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Dr.  Stephen Mutch (4/5) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Dr.  Stephen Mutch (5/5) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Roundtable
Janette Vonthethoff, Carmel Underwood, Paul Schofield, Kevin Mackey, James Anderson


Roundtable (1/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Roundtable (2/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Roundtable (3/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Roundtable (4/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Roundtable (5/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Roundtable (6/6) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

CIFS (Cult Information and Family Support)
Ros Hodgkins, Peter Smith


CIFS (1/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CIFS (2/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CIFS (3/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CIFS (4/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Charity Commission of New Zealand
Trevor Garrett


Charity Commission of New Zealand (1/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Charity Commission of New Zealand (2/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Charity Commission of New Zealand (3/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Charity Commission of New Zealand (4/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Charity Commission of New Zealand (5/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Charity Commission of New Zealand (6/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Corney & Lind Lawyers
Andrew Lind


Corney and Lind Lawyers (1/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Corney and Lind Lawyers (2/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Corney and Lind Lawyers (3/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Church of Scientology
Virginia Stewart, Mike Ferriss, Louise McBride


CoS (1/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (2/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (3/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (4/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (5/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (6/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (7/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (8/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
CoS (9/9) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Atheist Foundation of Australia
David Nicholls


Atheist Foundation (1/2) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
Atheist Foundation (2/2) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

UK Charities Commission
David Locke, Joanne Edwardes


UK Charities Commission (1/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
UK Charities Commission (2/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
UK Charities Commission (3/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
UK Charities Commission (4/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
UK Charities Commission (5/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
UK Charities Commission (6/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal

Thank you to the Australian senate, to the Australian ex-members of scientology, to the many critics who helped to push for this, and to Senator Nick Xenophon, who all played a role in this happening!
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Thanks, EC!
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Apparently there is more yet to come.  I hope video will be available.   o>--<
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Apparently there is more yet to come.  I hope video will be available.   o>--<

 :( Larry Brennan's testimony went 'in-camera' meaning it was done on camera and without public view. The rest should be up tomorrow :)

UPDATE: http://forums.whyweprotest.net/318-senator-xenophon-scientology/public-benefit-test-day-2-hearing-68673/5/Posted by mnql1 at WhyWeProtest.net
Entire June 29, 2010 proceedings now on YouTube

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The entire June 29, 2010 proceedings of the Senate Economics Committee are now on YouTube. In order of appearance:


Australian Christian Lobby
Lyle Shelton, Chief of Staff
Ben Williams, Research Officer

Australian Christian Lobby (1/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikXbhBz_TPM

Australian Christian Lobby (2/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V7caUIjG9_Q

Australian Christian Lobby (3/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q891Q6eztgc

Australian Christian Lobby (4/4) Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6wzLvOsQcVU


Dr. Matthew Turnour
Prof. Myles McGregor Lowndes

Dr. M Turnour & Prof. M. McGregor Lowndes (1/5) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78HaD5yFbvI

Dr. M Turnour & Prof. M. McGregor Lowndes (2/5) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgxV6BO1AJc

Dr. M Turnour & Prof. M. McGregor Lowndes (3/5) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlHktF6n7jk

Dr. M Turnour & Prof. M. McGregor Lowndes (4/5) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHtcV3fGOQQ

Dr. M Turnour & Prof. M. McGregor Lowndes (5/5) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnXczilsNFg


Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Father Brian Lucas, General Secretary

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (1/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GESiSn3YEkU

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (2/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nja1-pmFTKM

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (3/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWpG3qrPivc

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (4/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYfMYwPWXZ0

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (5/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j85tjyc1evI

Australian Catholic Bishops Conference (6/6) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsH5RzfF81k


Melbourne Law School, Not-for-Profit Project
Dr Matthew Harding, Senior Lecturer
Dr Joyce Chia, Research Fellow

Melbourne Law School (1/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmheM87CiR0

Melbourne Law School (2/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MOqwl5dQvw

Melbourne Law School (3/3) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPE6opJCtq0


Larry Brennan - Scientology and Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kD6UVWazURs


Treasury
Michael Wilcock, General Manager, Personal and Retirement Income Division
Sandra Roussell, Manager, Philanthropy and Exemptions Unit

Australian Taxation Office
Greg Williams, Acting Deputy Commissioner of Small and Medium Enterprises
Michael Hardy, Assistant Commissioner Policy & Government Liaison and Government & Not for Profit Sector

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (1/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAkE8sfpsUo

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (2/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8Uw6QUsk4s

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (3/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1tDDDFNPtOI

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (4/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=og08_zXXzo8

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (5/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUcbS3T3E8g

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (6/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pq3fKE34Nc0

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (7/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4gViwW9FaIQ

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (8/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61z16LvHr28

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (9/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vK0feExtrw

Treasury & Australian Taxation Office (10/10) Senator Xenophon's Public Benefit Test Proposal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1TwqB8cqYc



Here is a YouTube playlist for June 28 and another for June 29.

June 28
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...B749CC460FAC8E

June 29
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_lis...AC9509F46816F1

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The Australian Senate decided to look into the tax-exempt status of Australian charities, and determine if they were worthy of their status, as many of us in the United States feel that our government should do, particularly with Scientology.

I think we should have a general public benefits test here in the States. Scientology certainly isn't the only corrupt spiritual or religious organization here, although I would state it is the worst or one of the worst.

If I may give an example of something non-Scientology related, here is an article on the David Lynch program, which seeks to introduce Transcendental Meditation into schools:

http://www.examiner.com/x-20682-Boston-Underground-Examiner~y2009m11d1-Transcendental-Meditation-in-schools-the-David-Lynch-program

According to the article and Wikileaks, the Maharishi University of Management and the David Lynch Foundation attempted to censor the article, claiming it was defamatory. Sound familiar?

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Thanks, Mary!  I know what I'll be doing this weekend.   cU#__

I think we should have a general public benefits test here in the States. Scientology certainly isn't the only corrupt spiritual or religious organization here, although I would state it is the worst or one of the worst.

If I may give an example of something non-Scientology related, here is an article on the David Lynch program, which seeks to introduce Transcendental Meditation into schools:

http://www.examiner.com/x-20682-Boston-Underground-Examiner~y2009m11d1-Transcendental-Meditation-in-schools-the-David-Lynch-program

According to the article and Wikileaks, the Maharishi University of Management and the David Lynch Foundation attempted to censor the article, claiming it was defamatory. Sound familiar?

A lot of it sounds familiar, citing worthless studies in support of their "method," using celebrities as shills, founded in the 1950s (was there something about the 50s that made for a fertile environment for cult-starting?), harassment of ex-members, and appealing to the apparent desires some people have for being more than human. 

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Surprisingly, studies measuring the effects of a simple mid-day nap report many of the same “unique” benefits touted by TM.

In fact, a study published in the journal Science in 1976 found in studying “five experienced practitioners of Transcendental Meditation”, that they “spent appreciable parts of meditation sessions” merely napping.

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I'll bet napping is a whole lot cheaper!

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Worst of all, TM makes a series of staggering claims that can be charitably described as “unlikely”.  Old advertisements for TM claim that practitioners of TM will develop “supernormal powers” including “supernormal sight and hearing”, invisibility, and levitation!  The organization even circulated photos with pictures of lotus-seated students apparently hovering above the ground, but first-hand observations of the “levitations” left many unconvinced. The levitators never managed to levitate for very long; they never really “hovered”. In fact, they sprung up rather abruptly and dropped immediately to the ground again. Really, it was quite apparent that these transcendent hopefuls were merely hopping about from a seated position. 

Look, I'm levitating!   :888-O          :-D^\^\


It is interesting, though, that the author links to process.org at the end of his article.  I have yet to determine if this is related to the "Process" as is being discussed in another article on this forum.  Is this one cult member bashing another cult - which certainly deserves bashing - or is process.org something else?
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A quick glance at process.org shows that they are mostly a blog; they laugh at Transcendental Meditation, and expose the phoniness of recovered memory therapy. They apparently have no use for the incompetent therapists who implant false memories, pointing out (for one example) the fact that memories of birth trauma are a physical impossibility. They also support Darknet, an effort of the EFF to protect netizen's communications from snooping government and corporate entities.

So if these folks are culties, it must be a far more benign one than Scientology!

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A lot of it sounds familiar, citing worthless studies in support of their "method," using celebrities as shills, founded in the 1950s (was there something about the 50s that made for a fertile environment for cult-starting?), harassment of ex-members, and appealing to the apparent desires some people have for being more than human.

Don't forget the obvious: Introducing themselves into public schools, albeit more openly than Scientology. However, in this case they touch upon the legitimate concern of making a less stressful, more focused working environment for students. So why not let the students take a siesta if it has the same effects? It would certainly be less silly than forcing kids to join a cult.

I don't know why the 50s seemed like a good time to start a cult. I would say they were more gullible then, but I don't believe that's true. The 1950s had its problems just like we do today, despite what the nostalgic elderly will tell you.



So if these folks are culties, it must be a far more benign one than Scientology!

It could be argued that not all cults are necessarily destructive like Scientology or TM are. The Raelians have views that pose a challenge to conservative society, but they aren't a real danger to the public in my opinion. Then again, like the People's Temple, they could become dangerous and destructive.

But I seriously doubt process.org is a real cult website.