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Tuesday, 29 August 1972
Page: 471

Senator YOUNG - I ask the AttorneyGeneral: Following Senator Murphy's support for Scientology, can the AttorneyGeneral say whether any State Labor government has applied to him for registration of Scientology as a religious body which should be registered to perform marriages?

Senator GREENWOOD - As I understand the report of what Senator Murphy said, I think it would be unfair to say that he supports Scientology but he certainly believes that the Church of Scientology - whether it be called the Church of the New Faith as it is, I think, in South Australia, or the Church of Scientology in California in Victoria as it is known in Victoria - ought to be approved as a religious body. If it is approved as a religious body, of course, members of that faith who are regarded as ministers would be able to conduct marriages 1 think it is not so rauch a matter of whether a State government seeks approval or otherwise - and I am not aware of any State government seeking approval of Scientology as a religion. But I do know that if it were to happen, at least in the State of Victoria having regard to the provision of the Psychological Practices Act, it would make the practice of Scientology lawful in the State of Victoria. The view that 1 have taken is that it is not proper to approve a body - whether or not it be a religious body, as to which 1 have said I have doubts - if in fact that approval would be to nullify the operation of a law of a Stale which, particularly in the case of Victoria, was made after there had been an intensive inquiry into the practice of Scientology.

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