Redeemer Baptist School
School out to crucify critic, says Greens MP
The Sydney Morning Herald.
Linda Morris Religious Affairs Writer
April 12, 2008
A CONSERVATIVE Christian school misused the courts to silence a
whistleblower who had accused it of multimillion-dollar Centrelink and
tax fraud, State Parliament has heard.
The Greens upper house MP John Kaye used parliamentary privilege to
accuse Redeemer Baptist School of seeking to "crucify" its critic, the
Parramatta accountant Graham Glossop, in an "appalling attempt to drive
him into bankruptcy and jail".
Dr Kaye said Mr Glossop successfully battled an apprehended violence
order, a defamation action and allegations of assault levelled by the
school or its leaders.
Within days of assault allegations being dismissed, Mr Glossop was
served with a court order providing the school's representatives with
the right to search premises and seize evidence without warning. The
case was withdrawn this year. But Dr Kaye said defending the matter cost
Mr Glossop, whose daughter once attended the Parramatta school, and his
friends $400,000, and forced him to sell his home, his business and an
Last year Dr Kaye invoked parliamentary privilege to call for a full
state and federal investigation into allegations of tax and welfare
fraud. Despite denials of impropriety, he alleged elders of the church
running the school accrued a property portfolio worth more than $50
million and put in place "a set of bizarre and deceptive employment
arrangements practices" at its school to avoid paying fringe benefits tax.
This week the bursar of Redeemer Baptist School, Russell Bailey, said
the allegations of fraud were rubbish and the school was most
disappointed that Dr Kaye had again used the protection of parliamentary
privilege to make "outlandish and unsubstantiated allegations against
the school and its community".
"The school has undergone extensive investigations from a number of
Government bodies as a result of false allegations made by various
people, including Mr Kaye. Those investigations have found that none of
the allegations can be substantiated, and that is simply because they
are not true. One of the serious allegations raised by Mr Kaye is that
of "sexual assault". This allegation was independently investigated,
under supervision of the Ombudsman, in 2005. It also was "not sustained".
Mr Bailey referred to a letter written by Mr Glossop as part of the
latest legal settlement, saying he was happy to end litigation and
wished the school the best.
But in Parliament, Dr Kaye said he estimated the school had spent more
than $2 million in pursuit of Mr Glossop. "Redeemer Baptist School has
misused the courts in a barbaric attempt to destroy Mr Glossop for no
other reason than that he had the courage to speak the truth. Their
efforts to silence Mr Glossop have served only to highlight the very
things they wish to hide: their ongoing tax fraud and their ongoing
The church broke away from the mainstream Baptist Church in 1974, and
the Baptist Church has reaffirmed it has no association with the school,
founded in 1981.
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