Quote of the Day:
'Victims gradually lose their ability to make independent decisions and exercise informed consent.'
- Dr Margaret Singer
Reported in the media:
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 2010:
Scientology: - December 27, 2010 Religious freedom for all – except FreeZoners
Family Court: - December 27, 2010 Girl ordered to live in 'cult' with father
Agape Ministries of God: - December 03, 2010 Agape leader Rocco Leo 'tried to hide $5.6m' alleges Australian Taxation Office
Charities Law: - November 26, 2010 Charities forced to open their books to scrutiny
Agape Ministries of God: - November 24, 2010 Cult and leader owe $4m: ATO
Scientology: - November 23, 2010 Church can keep its 'cure'
Scientology: - November 22, 2010 Scientology detox advice 'could kill patients'
Scientology: - November 20, 2010 Scientologists targeting alcoholic Aborigines with 'killer' therapy'
Universal Knowledge: - November 20, 2010 'Cult' leader now a psychologist
Agape Ministries of God: - November 20, 2010 Court orders Agape cult bank records, strips tax exemption
Scientology: - November 20, 2010 Church targets drunk Aborigines
Agape Ministries of God: - November 17, 2010 Doomsday cult chief to face court
Scientology: - November 3, 2010 Fined for ‘harassment’
Exclusive Brethren: - October 22, 2010 sect member guilty of intimidation
Scientology: - October 21, 2010 (US) Narconon Rehab Called Front for Scientology
Universal Knowledge: - October 17, 2010 Alleged leader of cult works as psychologist
Universal Knowledge: - October 17, 2010 In thrall to a cult: how the unwary fall victim to mind control
Narconon: - October 16, 2010 (Canada) Narconon – Cult of Deception
Scientology: - October 15, 2010 (UK) UK Government urges councils to stop giving tax breaks to Scientology
The Zion Full Salvation Ministry: - October 6, 2010 Brothers tell of surviving cult
Legionaries of Christ: - September 30, 2010 Vatican taps investigator for group tied to Legion
Scientology: - September 29, 2010 A bad day for Scientology?
Agape Ministries of God: - September 29, 2010 Doomsday leader Rocco Leo 'in Fiji resort' alleges victim
Scientology: - September 29, 2010 (US) Federal judge tells Pinellas judge to back off in Scientology lawsuit
Agape Ministries of God: - September 28, 2010 Agape cult leader Rocco Leo wanted for assault
Cults: - September 26, 2010 Foxtel: Cults: Dangerous Devotion - History Channel
Scientology: - September 26, 2010 BBC journalist John Sweeney writing for The Sunday Times
Scientology: - September 26, 2010 John Sweeney revisits the Church of Scientology
CIFS Conference: - September 24, 2010 CIFS National Conference: March 2012
Scientology: - September 23, 2010 Dr Rodney Blackhirst on Scientology
Scientology: - September 13, 2010 State accused of supporting sect
Charities Commission: - September 13, 2010 Call for independent charities commission
Scientology: - September 12, 2010 Govt anti-drugs campaign's 'worrying' link to Scientology
Tax Exemption Reform: - September 9, 2010 'wide agreement to do this'
Tax Exemption Reform: - September 8, 2010 Senate Inquiry Recommends Charity Commission
Tax Inquiry: - September 8, 2010 The Ex-Files - Background update
Tax Exemption Reform: - September 8, 2010 Inquiry recommends a national charities commission
Tax Exemption Committee: - September 7, 2010 Senate committee backs Xenophon campaign
Senator Xenophon: - September 7, 2010 'I believe reform is now inevitable'
Scientology: - September 6, 2010 What is Scientology doing in the Orphanage Business?
Scientology: - August 22, 2010 University Prof Patrick McGorry is targeted by Scientology church
Agape Ministries of God: - August 20, 2010 Agape leaders launch counter-accusations
Scientology: - August 18, 2010 extremism charges after forcing his staff to embrace the faith
Agape Ministries of God: - August 15, 2010 Controversial Agape Ministries Church sells $1.6m home
Makutu Exorcism: - August 12, 2010 Janet Moses died from 'accidental drowning'
Government Action: - August 9, 2010 Charities shake-up on the way
Scientology: - August 6, 2010 Judge dismisses two lawsuits aimed at Scientology
Agape Ministries of God: - August 4, 2010 Agape chief: I'll pay up
Agape Ministries of God: - August 4, 2010 Man linked to doomsday cult missing
World Mission Society Church of God: - August 2, 2010 Tabs kept on church
Hillsong: - July 25, 2010 Taxpayers support lavish Hillsong lifestyle
Hillsong: - July 25, 2010 Why people sign up for a lifetime deal
Exclusive Brethren: - July 10, 2010 Forty years on: reflections on another life
Agape Ministries of God: - July 7, 2010 Ex-doomsday followers fight for money back
Agape Ministries of God: - June 20, 2010 Agape member says accusations are 'malicious lies'
Scientology: - June 29, 2010 'Taxpayers shouldn't fund abuse': ex-Scientologists
Scientology: - June 29, 2010 Inquiry hears Scientology cash siphoned overseas
Scientology: - June 29, 2010 Scientology compares itself to the Salvation Army in Senate inquiry
Scientology: - June 29, 2010 'Ruthless' Scientology condemned in tax debate
Agape Ministries: - June 27, 2010 Agape Ministries doomsday cult given tax breaks since 2000
Scientology: - June 22, 2010 Scientology 'offended' by tax evasion accusation
Scientology: - June 22, 2010 Scientology tax
Cultic Abuse: - June 16, 2010 Shot in the arm for crusade against the fringe religions
Agape Ministries of God: - June 16, 2010 Freeze widened on Agape Ministries assets
Scientology: - June 13, 2010 No kids allowed
Agape Ministries of God: - June 07, 2010 Agape Ministries Church 'not a doomsday cult' - lawyer
Agape Ministries of God: - June 03, 2010 Cult leader Rocco Leo told disabled woman that cash would save her
Scientology: - June 02, 2010 Scientology probed over underpayment claims
Scientology: - June 01, 2010 Scientology Sydney welcomes conviction of Anonymous
Scientology: - June 01, 2010 Fair Work Ombudsman looked into Church of Scientology
Agape Ministries of God: - May 30, 2010 Agape cult members were 'the chosen ones'
Centrepoint Community: - May 27, 2010 Study Reveals Impact Of Commune Life On Children
Agape Ministries of God: - May 27, 2010 Pacific Islands hunt for cult leader Rocco Leo
Agape Ministries of God: - May 25, 2010 SA bikie laws may apply to cults
Agape Ministries of God: - May 24, 2010 Cult raids prompt calls for mind-control laws
Senator Xenophon: - May 24, 2010 Xenophon calls for anti-cult laws
Agape Ministries of God: - May 22, 2010 More ammunition found in shipping container
Agape Ministries of God: - May 22, 2010 Australian police investigate a doomsday cult
Senator Xenophon: - May 21, 2010 Cults thrive on tax-free status
Scientology: - May 20, 2010 Top Scientologist 'covered up sex abuse'
Scientology: - May 20, 2010 Information on 'enemies of Scientology found' in Italian police raid
Agape Ministries of God: - May 20, 2010 Guns, detonators found in religious sect raids
Scientology: - May 19, 2010 Calls for judicial inquiry into Scientology
Scientology: - May 19, 2010 Church of Scientology rejects neglect claims
Scientology: - May 18, 2010 Scientology chief's daughter attacks church
Scientology: - May 16, 2010 Two More Out: Craig & Suzanne Houchin
Senate Public Benefit Enquiry: - May 13, 2010 Nick Xenophon's second reading speech
Senate Enquiry: - May 13, 2010 Tax Laws Amendment (Public Benefit Test) Bill 2010
Senator Xenophon: - May 13, 2010 Tax status of charities, religions under review
Scientology: - May 10, 2010 Tom Cruise's confessionals 'mocked by Scientologists'
Scientology: - May 3, 2010 Actress tells: My Scientology nightmare
Scientology: - May 2, 2010 Scientology leader David Miscavige accused of snooping in secret celeb confessional files
Scientology: - April 28, 2010 It's Time to End the Church of Scientology's Tax-Exempt Status
Scientology: - April 26, 2010 Amy Scobee speaks out
Scientology: - April 22, 2010 Russia bans books by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard
Scientology: - April 9, 2010 Scientologists sue organisation for $1 million for slave wages
Scientology: - April 9, 2010 Scientologists infiltrate jails
Exclusive Brethren: - April 7, 2010 Union anger over Exclusive Brethren schools money
Exclusive Brethren: - April 7, 2010 Tiny sect school gets $1.2m library
Real Intelligence: - April 6, 2010 Cult leader dupes Perth families
Rogue Psychotherapists: - April 5, 2010 Expert sounds warning on rogue psychotherapists
Scientology: - Apr 5, 2010 Ex-Scientology lawsuits reveal elite Sea Org group
Rogue Therapists: - Apr 5, 2010 Four Corners: "Over the Edge"
Scientology: - March 25, 2010 A history of violence
Cultic Abuse: - March 21, 2010 Cults should be given nowhere to hide
Brisbane Christian Fellowship: - March 20, 2010 Cult survivor relives history of servitude
Scientology: - March 19, 2010 Senate rejects inquiry on Scientology
Scientology: - March 18, 2010 Ex-Scientologist 'pressured' to have abortions
Scientology: - March 18, 2010 Scientology inquiry fails again
Scientology: - March 18, 2010 Senate rejects formal Scientology inquiry
Cultic Abuse: - March 14, 2010 The devil inside: escaping cultic groups
Scientology: - March 14, 2010 Xenophon ramps up anti-Scientology crusade
CIFS 2010 Conference: - March 13, 2010 Summary of Presentations
Scientology: - March 13, 2010 Govt urged to back Scientology inquiry
Scientology: - March 13, 2010 Xenophon vows to pursue 'cults'
Scientology: - March 13, 2010 Scientology a 'cult', Xenophon tells forum
Scientology: - March 12, 2010 Scientology insider's nightmare childhood
Scientology: - March 12, 2010 Senator to speak at Brisbane anti-cult conference
Scientology: - Mar 8, 2010 Scientology in the spotlight amid fresh allegations
Scientology: - March 06, 2010 Defectors Say Church of Scientology Hides Abuse
Scientology: - March 06, 2010 'The Ex-Files' Broadcast: Mon.8-Mar-2010 8.30pm
Destiny Church: - March 03, 2010 Former members: 'Destiny Church a cult'
Kenja: - February 27, 2010 Fighting dirty against a cultbuster
Scientology: - February 18, 2010 The Senate lends Scientology a helping hand
Scientology: - February 15, 2010 Ex-Scientologists Speak Out at LA Press Conference
Scientology: - February 14, 2010 Teuton telepic tempest
Servants of Jesus: - February 13, 2010 Satanic psychologist banned after exorcisms
Scientology: - February 9, 2010 Scientologists in Haiti: Volunteers or Vultures?
Scientology: - February 6, 2010 Church challenged to inquiry
Scientology: - February 4, 2010 AVO for anti-Scientologist crusader
Scientology: - February 3, 2010 Scientologists plan Aussie ad blitz
Scientology: - February 1, 2010 Scientologists in Haitian Disaster Relief – Some Questions
Scientology: - January 24, 2010 Star of Scientology recruitment film wants his money back
Scientology: - January 23, 2010 Scientology critic adds volume to inquiry call
Scientology: - January 23, 2010 Trouble in the house of Hubbard
Twelve Tribes: - January 18, 2010 North County group disputes ‘cult’ depiction
Scientology: - January 12, 2010 Daughters of St. Paul unfazed by threats from Church of Scientology
Exclusive Brethren: - January 12, 2010 Brethren schools get $70m in funding
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