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'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer
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This page focuses on Australian News primarily, as well as other articles selected for their informative content and insight into the cult phenomenon.
Australian News Index 2009:
Mercy Ministries: - December 18, 2009 Charity sorry over misleading services
Abusive Groups: - December 12, 2009 Scientology is just the tip of the iceberg
Exclusive Brethren: - December, 2009 How I Escaped From A Cult
People Knowhow: - December 8, 2009 Death plunge: Rebekah put 'through a psychological wringer'
Scientology: - December 7, 2009 Move for Senate Scientology inquiry fails
Scientology: - December 2, 2009 Intimidating and violent: defector
Scientology: - December 2, 2009 Scientology school gets $1m from government
Scientology: - December 2, 2009 Police investigate Scientology
Scientology: - November 29, 2009 Wealth seminar a front for Scientology recruitment, say ex-members
Scientology: - November 23, 2009 Grieving family urges Scientology probe
Scientology: - November 23, 2009 Group promotes Scientology leader in schools
Scientology: - November 21, 2009 Hollywood figures quit 'rip-off' church
Scientology: - November 21, 2009 Church of Scientology attempt to infiltrate primary schools
Scientology: - November 21, 2009 Tough week at office for Scientology
Scientology: - November 21, 2009 its techniques evil; its practice a serious threat - QC
Scientology: - November 20, 2009 The two faces of Scientology
Scientology: - November 21, 2009 Scientology's dark secrets
Scientology: - November 20, 2009 Church of Scientology: We're being vilified
Scientology: - November 20, 2009 Science or fiction?
Scientology: - November 20, 2009 Scientology practices 'putting people at risk'
Scientology: - November 19, 2009 PM worry on Scientology
Scientology: - November 19, 2009 Police take up Scientology complaints
Scientology: - November 19, 2009 Former Scientologists allege abuse, intimidation
Scientology: - November 18, 2009 Senator Nick Xenophon's statement to Parliament
Scientology: - November 18, 2009 Church of Scientology responds to Senator Nick Xenophon
Scientology: - November 18, 2009 Nick Xenophon says Scientology 'criminal organisation'
Scientology: - November 18, 2009 Scientology criminal, says senator Nick Xenophon
Scientology: - November 18, 2009 Australian senator tells of 'shocking' crimes
New Zealand: How To Spot A Cult: - November 11, 2009 what really goes on inside these often controversial groups
Tahoe USA: - November 10, 2009 Cult expert speaks at Roberson murder trial
AUM Shinrikyo, Japan: - November 7, 2009 Death sentences fixed for 1995 sarin gas attackers
Scientology: - October 28, 2009 French court convicts Scientologists of organised fraud
Hillsong: - October 28, 2009 Mercy Ministries home to close
Scientology: - October 28, 2009 Questions over Scientology's 19 calls in 48 hours before 110,000-volt suicide
Scientology: - October 28, 2009 Scientologists convicted of fraud
Zion Full Salvation Ministry: - October 27, 2009 A rare insight into life inside a religious cult
Scientology: - October 26, 2009 Scientologists in privilege claim
Scientology: - October 23, 2009 Scientology snubs coroner over suicide soldier 'audit file'
Dominion Christian Centre (Canada): - October 13, 2009 Crown drops charges in ‘cult’ kidnapping
Scientology: - September, 2009 Only itself to blame
Scientology: - September 17, 2009 Church bid to gag critics
Scientology: - September 12, 2009 The world watches as Scientology goes to trial
Scientology: - September12, 2009 Holmes wins Scientology battle with Cruise
The Family (the Great white Brotherhood): - August 16, 2009 Anne Hamilton-Byrne, leader of The Family, unrepentant
Scientology: - August 6, 2009 Britain's secret mission to expose Scientology leader as 'fraud'
Scientology: - August 2, 2009 Strength in their numbers: accounts of abuse
Scientology: - July 28, 2009 John Travolta to leave Scientology?
Waldorf/Steiner School: - July 11, 2009 Sacked teacher back at school
Disappearance: - July 10, 2009 Father believes daughter was taken by cult
Exclusive Brethren: - June 28, 2009 Ex-Brethren father loses battle for children
Scientology: - June 2, 2009 Church of Scientology banned from editing Wikipedia
Simon Kadwell: - May 31, 2009 New fears for safety of missing cult family
Scientology: - May 31, 2009 Cruise to recruit for Scientology church in Australia
Scientology: - May 28, 2009 Scientology Trial in France: Can a Religion Be Banned?
Exclusive Brethren: - May 27, 2009 Big Brother contestant writes book about cult
Hillsong: - May 25, 2009 Pastor defends ministry against cult claims
Scientology: - May 22, 2009 F.E.C.R.I.S. Conference Report. - The Graham Berry Presentation
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh: - April 25, 2009 Blinded by the CULT
Gloriavale Community: - April 23, 2009 Father tells of rescuing kids from West Coast cult
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh: - April 10, 2009 Escaping the Bhagwan
Sunshine Coast Christian Fellowship: - February 28, 2009 'Cult' orders faith before family
Dominion Christian Centre of Canada: - February 18, 2009 Controversial church loses charitable status
Scientology: - February 17, 2009 Mom sues Church of Scientology in son's death
Exclusive Brethren: - January 28, 2009 Sect 'brainwashed boy against dad'
Scientology: - January 27, 2009 Cruise movie fuels Berlin's war on Scientology
Real Intelligence: - January 24, 2009 More lives ruined by cult's bizarre control
Scientology: - January 21, 2009 Scientologists hit out at criticism
Real Intelligence: - January 17, 2009 Bizarre secret cult ripping families apart
Scientology: - January 11, 2009 Scientology 'in denial' on illness
Brisbane Christian Fellowship: - January 10, 2009 Sunshine Coast woman calls for cult inquiry
Scientology: - January 10, 2009 Did John Travolta's weird faith seal his son Jett's fate?
Scientology: - January 8, 2009 Death of Travolta's son raises medical questions
Ananda Marga: - January 1, 2009 Cabinet documents show the Fraser government was deeply concerned
Scientology: - December 4, 2008 Over and over again, critical publications have been blocked - how
Scientology: - December 1, 2008 Tom Cruise is denying that he pressured Amazon to stop selling a book
Mercy Ministries: - November 26, 2008 Exorcism books leaked
House of Yahweh: - November 14, 2008 Warning over influence of 'above the law' sect
Scientology: - November 11, 2008 Amazon UK pulls Scientology exposé for 'legal reasons'
Prioresses: - November 1, 2008 Odd rituals
Destiny Church: - October 29, 2008 Plans for standalone community in South Auckland
Simon Kadwell: - October 20, 2008 It's every parent's worst nightmare
Exclusive Brethren: - October 17, 2008 Book Review " Behind the Exclusive Brethren"
Trinity Presbyterian, Camberwell: - September 30, 2008 Cult's teachings deemed heretical
Scientology: - September 30, 2008 Questions raised over Narconon lease on historic building
Exclusive Brethren: - September 28, 2008 No uni for Exclusive Brethren kids
Vilification Laws: - September 28, 2008 Cleric says hate law abused
Exclusive Brethren: - September 23, 2008 A bitter battle of Brethren
Scientology: - September 4, 2008 ... uses and exploits the United States' legal system for its own ends.
Exclusive Brethren: - August 28, 2008 Stop vilifying us
Exclusive Brethren: - August 27, 2008 Bob Brown 'vilified' Exclusive Brethren
Kenja: - August 27, 2008 AVO for cross-dressing Kenja cult founder Jan Hamilton
Kenja: - August 27, 2008 Cult founder warned off after 'bizarre' audition ploy
Serving priest 'abused 18 boys': - August 14, 2008
Simon Kadwell: - August 7, 2008 police believe Mr Kadwell may have already left for Brazil
Twelve Tribes: - August 6, 2008 Controversy continues to brew over sect cafe
Kenja: - July 31, 2008 Kenja hits back at Dyers documentary
Hillsong: - July 29, 2008 accused of closet zealotry
ASMY: - July 29, 2008 Local Governments Fund Cult Recruitment
Kenja: - July 26, 2008 Abuse case: 'staff asked to lie'
Pope Apologizes for Sex Abuse: - July 19, 2008
Scientology: - July 11, 2008 Minister free to call Scientologists bastards: Rann
Scientology: - July 10, 2008 Scientologists are bastards: minister
The Family International: - July, 2008 A sex cult stole my childhood
Scientology: - July 8, 2008 David Beghe interview - Today Tonight
Kenja: - June 25, 2008 Woman's fake beard was 'bogus'
'Church ran my life' says ex-member: - June 25, 2008 A WARWICK church has been accused of controlling members
Samford Church "Destructive Cult": - June 25, 2008 A Brisbane Pentecostal church has been labelled a cult that destroys marriages and family relationships
Brisbane Christian Fellowship: - June 23, 2008 Call to probe Brisbane church over abuse allegations
Brisbane Christian Fellowship, Stafford: - June 23, 2008 FORMER cult members have spoken out to warn others of a Brisbane church they say is emotionally abusing its followers
Scientology: the Anonymous protestors - June 20, 2008 The Church of Scientology, notoriously ruthless at crushing its critics, may have met its match
Magnificat Meal Movement: - June 12, 2008 Taxpayer cash linked to religious cult
Scientology: - May 30, 2008 Scientology branded as celebrity cult
Bretheren: - May 27, 2008 Big Brother’s David to write ‘cult’ book
Bretheren: - May 18, 2008 Rudd knocks back pleas for inquiry
The Fellowship: - May 10, 2008 Presbyterian church split over cult’s fate
Scientology: - May 10, 2008 See ya, Tom: Packer quits Cruise's church
Anonymous vs Scientology: - May 8, 2008 The internet pranksters who started a war
Kenja: - April 21, 2008 "Beyond Our Ken" ... this movie .. literally made my jaw drop open. The whole thing was riveting.
Kenja: - April 20, 2008 "Beyond Our Ken" I knew this was going to be an interesting screening...
Scientology: - April 17, 2008 Masked activists target NZ Scientology headquarters
Scientology: - April 13, 2008 Why I fled Scientology.
Redeemer Baptist School: - April 12, 2008 School out to crucify critic, says Greens MP.
Scientology: - April 11, 2008 Declaration of Graham E. Berry - Detailing alleged illegal practices and abuses of Scientology
Simon Kadwell: - April 3, 2008 Missing Nannup author a spiritual conman, cult buster claims
Russian Doomsday Cult: - April 3, 2008 Doomsday sect is linked to missing Nannup WA residents.
Sects and Cults: - April 2, 2008 A thriving trade in misery
Landmark Education: - April 2, 2008 Defence workers trained by 'cult'
Jesus Christians: - March 30, 2008 Inside the kidney cult.
Legal Opinions: - March 29, 2008 A few Judicial rulings on the Scientology cult
Scientology: - March 28, 2008 Credibility of Scientology video channel called into question.
Twelve Tribes: - March 25, 2008 The general manager of the Royal Easter Show said he would not be surprised if a
cafe run at the event by a Christian sect was inspected...
Twelve Tribes: - March 24, 2008 Harsh discipline of children is a central tenet of a religious sect operating in Picton, writes Tim Elliott.
Twelve Tribes: - March 24, 2008 Sect woos recruits among the fairy floss at Easter Show.
Jesus Christians: - March 21, 2008 Kidney cult transplant goes ahead in Cyprus.
Mercy Ministries: - March 18, 2008 Why Mercy Ministries was godsent for Hillsong.
Mercy Ministries: - March 18, 2008 Cult-rescue group concerned about Mercy Ministries.
Mercy Ministries: - March 17, 2008 Hillsong Church, Gloria Jeans linked to abuse claims.
Landmark Education: - March 9, 2008 City uses taxpayers money to send police and staff to Landmark.
Scientology: - March 1, 2008 A Frenchwoman kidnapped in Sardinia will soon be repatriated
Scientology: - February 2008 Scientology claims to improve conditions in life, and provide real spiritual answers
Scientology: - February 10, 2008 Protesters picket in Adelaide.
Maharishi School: - January 27, 2008 School year to start on a meditative note.
Exclusive Brethren: - January 21, 2008 Exclusive Brethren schools to get $10m subsidy.
Scientology: - January 21, 2008 Cruise 'like a Nazi'
Sects, lies and videotape: - January 19, 2008 A new biography of Tom Cruise has unleashed the fighting instincts of the star and his cult, writes David Marr.
Scientology: - January 18, 2008 Cruise targeted Packer as perfect convert.
Quackery's envoy: the gospel on Cruise: - January 17, 2008 Biographer Andrew Morton has turned his pen on the "phoney" actor...
Scientology: - January 15, 2008 Pan Macmillan will not print a local edition of the book Tom Cruise, An Unauthorised Biography in Australia due to legal concerns, a move that has been labelled an act of censorship.
Exclusive Brethren: - Jan. 14, 2008 Australian government continues to fund schools run by extremist cult.
Scientology: - January 11, 2008 Tom Cruise is clearly bonkers
Aum Shinrikyo: - Jan 7, 2008 The AFP investigation into Japanese sect activities in Western Australia
Kenja: - December 6, 2007 Cult strikes back - Kenja critic assault a lie: court told
Full Gospel Mission Fellowship: - Oct. 16, 2007 Today’s police raids throughout the North Island in a hunt for arms have precedents in major operations 30 and 20 years ago...
Scientology: - Oct. 15, 2007 A Sydney woman accused of stabbing to death her Scientologist father and teenage sister was suffering a psychotic episode...
Exclusive Brethren: - Oct. 15, 2007 A former member of the Exclusive Brethren has revealed the secretive religious sect has been transferring large sums of money across the world, possibly to fund political campaigns in Australia and the US.
Maha Devi Ascension Movement: - Oct, 9, 2007 Members of a cult which ran up substantial debts in Niue have been flown to Sydney, after the government ordered them to leave.
Scientology:Scientologists given accused’s psychiatric file - Sep. 28, 2007 The Church of Scientology has been granted access to a confidential psychiatric report tendered as evidence in the trial of a Sydney woman accused of murdering her family earlier this year.
Nicole: I've lost my kids to Scientology - Sep. 10, 2007 The actress reveals her heartbreak as Isabella and Connor choose Tom Cruise's religion over their mother.
Rudd Brethren stance indicates deal: PM - August 24, 2007 Federal Opposition Leader Kevin Rudd's refusal to meet with the Exclusive Brethren Christian sect indicates he has done a preference deal with the Greens, Prime Minister John Howard says.
Cult leader gets longer jail sentence - August 24, 2007 Cult leader and self-proclaimed prophet William Kamm has been sentenced to an extra four years in jail for raping one of his former followers.
Exclusive Brethren attacks Australian opposition leader Kevin Rudd - August 23, 2007 The separatist conservative Christian movement, the Exclusive Brethren Church, has accused Kevin Rudd of unwarranted and inaccurate slurs against its members.
Campaign to clear cult leader - August 11, 2007 The truth - according to Jan Hamilton - will cost you.
Dedicated followers left rudderless in a sceptical world - August 4, 2007 David Millikan spent weeks with Ken Dyers making a film about him. Here, he recounts his strange experiences with a man convinced he had extraordinary powers.
Ken Dyers: Tributes and accusations - August 4, 2007 Two sets of eyes have been scanning website tributes to the late Ken Dyers.
Hillsong: - the church with no answers - August 4, 2007 When a former member of the Hillsong congregation started asking hard questions, she was thrown out...
Cult leader Dyers 'now a martyr' - Jul 30, 2007 Australian cult leader Ken Dyers committed suicide last week but the controversy around him and his Kenja group has not died with him.
Questions about Steiner's classroom - July 28, 2007 Ray Pereira could not believe what he was hearing. His son's teacher had just said his child had to repeat prep because the boy's soul had not fully incarnated.
Followers hit back over suicide of Kenja cult leader - July 27, 2007 The followers of a cult leader who took his own life have blamed his death on those who pursued him over child sex charges.
Kenja Communcation leader commits suicide - July 27, 2007 Kenneth Dyers, 85, founder of spiritual organisation, Kenja Communications, was found dead at his Bundeena home today.
Kenja: - July 26, 2007 Sordid shame of sex sect
Sydney cult leader found dead - July 25, 2007 The leader and co-founder of a Sydney based healing cult facing trial on multiple alleged sex abuse offences against two 12-year-old Sydney girls was found dead today.
Kenja: - July 13, 2007 Films - "BEYOND OUR KEN" Melbourne Film Festival
Scientology: - July 12, 2007 Secret Scientology letter war exposed
'Scientology:The cult of disbelief. - July 11, 2007 ARTHUR and Lawana Beals knew their son Gary was in trouble. He had been tormented for years by voices in his head but he had always shunned their advice to seek psychiatric care.
'I just butchered my family' - July 9, 2007 The parents of a woman accused of murdering her father and sister apparently declined psychiatric treatment for her last year because of their Scientology beliefs, a report tendered in court states.
Soul Freedom: - June 23, 2007 Fears for mum who joined 'angel worship' sect
Canadian hospital refuses kidney donation from religious cult member - June 4, 2007 A Canadian hospital has refused to accept the offer from an Australian religious cult member of a kidney to a stranger as a way of expressing his faith in God. Sydney man Ash Falkingham is a member of the Jesus Christians, a group led by guru David Mckay, who believe kidney donation is the “ultimate” expression of faith.
Man brainwashed by kidney cult - June 4, 2007 A Sydney member of a controversial religious group plans to donate a kidney to a Canadian woman he barely knows, as a way of expressing his faith in God.
Order of Saint Charbel - May 30, 2007 A self-proclaimed prophet known as Little Pebble has been found guilty of sex offences against a girl more than 10 years ago.
Police to quiz Brethren sect - May 25, 2007 Electoral officials have referred a $10 company set up by an Exclusive Brethren member to the Australian Federal Police for investigation.
James Packer Network Program Denies Soft Story About Scientology - May 18, 2007 James Packer’s Nine Network last night used its flagship current affairs program to spoil a critical story about the secretive Church of Scientology on the rival Seven Network.
Scientology: - May 16, 2007 the life of its founder certainly warrants a close look
Cult Leader Cashes In - May 10, 2007 HELIDON cult leader Debra Geileskey is selling up her million-dollar Lockyer Valley rural retreat and has moved to the US.
Mother Leaves With Children For Sydney After Reunion - May 4, 2007 Brisbane mother Philippa Yelland has flown out of Tasmania bound for Sydney with her two daughters and son, along with a cult-busting journalist, after her husband surrendered the children to police.
Missing Children's 'Nature Tour' - May 3, 2007 Runaway father Murray Robertson, 57, said he had taken his three children on a six-week nature tour of Tasmania while authorities conducted a nationwide hunt for them.
Police probe Exclusive Brethren sex abuse claims - Apr. 20, 2007 Police are investigating claims from three women that they were sexually abused by a reportedly senior member of the Exclusive Brethren sect when they were children.
New Zealand government accuses Exclusive Brethren of lying - Apr. 19, 2007 The Government has lashed out at the Australia-based Exclusive Brethren church, accusing it of lying about its involvement in trying to sway the results of elections in New Zealand.
Bhagwan Rajneesh - Apr. 12, 2007 Claims of sham marriages between followers of controversial Indian guru Bhagwan Rajneesh in northern NSW are being investigated by the federal Government.
Orange People’s Sect Appeal - Apr. 11, 2007 David Honeycombe was bemused when he was introduced to the circle of friends attached to his new girlfriend in the northern NSW tourist town of Byron Bay last year.
Scientologists - March 28, 2007 A HUMAN rights youth forum at Parliament House in Sydney promoted the views of the Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, and was organised by a group linked to the Church of Scientology.
The Exclusive Brethren and the rights of children - March 14, 2007 Justice Benjamin ... described the Brethren's attempts to prevent the children seeing their estranged father, as 'psychologically cruel, unacceptable and abusive.'
Jung Myung Seok: Claims sect using social groups to recruit members - Mar. 10, 2007 A fringe religious sect, which has reportedly brainwashed young women for sex with a messianic South Korean leader, has been accused of recruiting potential members through a soccer team based at Sydney University.
Book of Revelations - March 7, 2007 Tanya Levin spent her formative years at Hillsong. Disillusioned, she began to question its gospel of wealth. We present her exclusive account of life inside Australia's most influential evangelical church.
Unhappy Clappy: Hillsong blocks book publication - February 27, 2007 Lawyers have canned a tell-all book on life inside Australia's most powerful evangelical church, writes Jennifer Sexton.
Jesus Christians, David McKay: A Jury of His Peers - Jan. 4, 2007 The Jesus Christians carry out their unusual form of justice.
Anglican diocese of Sydney like cult: minister - Dec. 9, 2006 The Anglican diocese of Sydney is in danger of acting more like a cult than a church in its attempts to suppress dissent...
Cult-Like Mystery Charity Looking to Recruit - Dec. 9, 2006 A mysterious “cult-like” charity led by a millionaire fugitive is scouting in Wellington for volunteers to work in Africa.
Exclusive Bretheren: - November 24, 2006 Exclusive Brethren sect target Greens
Scientology: - September 14, 2006 MP: No science in Scientology
Universal Brotherhood: How a hippie dream fell apart - July 30, 2006 In the 70s, an idealistic young man decided he would change the world. With high ethical and moral principles he joined a sect in WA’s South-West. Today, he looks back on those days with some regrets. So what went wrong?
What is the Twelve Tribes? - July 23, 2006 The Twelve Tribes was started in 1973 as one of several communal groups sprung from the so-called Jesus Movement in the 1960s and 1970s. But, while other groups have long since disbanded, the Twelve Tribes has endured for more than 30 years.
Exclusive Brethren: Hidden prophets - July 1, 2006 You don't know these three Sydney suburban businessmen, but their sect has influenced politics in four countries. David Marr reports.
Landmark Education - June 11, 2006 WA [Western Australia] children as young as eight who attend “life-changing” coaching sessions by a controversial US company could have difficulty with their schoolwork afterwards, according to experts.
Order of Saint Charbel - June 8, 2006 School property linked to the Order of St Charbel religious cult at Cambewarra has been sold at auction.
Hermes Far Eastern Shining - June 7, 2006 Water People Speak Out
Hermes Far Eastern Shining - June 6, 2006 Bubble or Nothing
Secrets of Kenja sect in sex case - May 25, 2006 The secrets of a Sydney sect were exposed yesterday when the 84-year-old head of the Kenja cult faced court charged with indecent assault on two 12-year-old girls.
Breaking the Fellowship: - March 4, 2006 a bitter-sweet crusade - An elitist cult has successfully operated as a church within a church - until now.
Scientology: - February 16, 2006 Australia braced for Tom Cruise and the closet
The Unknown Story of Cornelia Rau - September, 2005 Cornelia Rau had the misfortune of becoming involved with a Sydney sect called Kenja. This marked the turning point in her life, the disaster from which all else flowed.
Hare Krishnas - June 2, 2003
Allegations of child sex abuse could cost America's Hare Krishnas about $600 million. Can the Australian movement survive the fallout?
Religious Cults: - October 14, 1998
Legal crackdown on cults
Scientology: - June 24, 1997
ELVIS BLASTS SCIENTOLOGY: 'That s.o.b. group - all they want is my money'
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