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Tuesday, 10 October 1972
Page: 1387

Senator WEBSTER (Victoria) - The matter of fake churches raised by Senator Keeffe, is similar to one which has concerned members of the Government parties on many occasions. We would agree with Senator Keeffe that if the description which he gave is correct, the situation is of great concern. The Victorian Government carried out an investigation into that which was being practised in the name of Scientology. A report was brought down by very respected individuals, which indicated much the same type of thing as Senator Keeffe has stated applies in Queensland.

The matter that does concern me as a member of the Senate is that there should be division within the Australian Labor Party. I understand that Senator Murphy has declared that if the Labor Party is elected to office it will recognise Scientology. It is interesting to note that while Senator Keeffe, on the one hand, is talking of the type of thing that is taking place in Queensland, his leader in this place is accepting that which has been rejected by most learned gentleman in Victoria. I would hope that Senator Keeffe's attitude in relation to this matter is endorsed by his Party and that there is not the division in the Labor Party which is apparent by the 2 different points of view that have been put today.

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