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Australian of the Year backs Scientology inquiry


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From Independent Weekly


I love the Cyrus Brooks statement at the end. :roflmao:

Australian of the Year Pat McGorry has backed calls for a Senate inquiry into Scientology, saying its views on mental health are putting lives at risk.

"They are the deniers of the realities of mental illness, which I find incredibly irresponsible and dangerous," he told ABC Radio today.

The renowned mental health expert has joined psychiatry boss Louise Newman and the Brain and Mind Institute's Ian Hickie in urging senators to vote for an inquiry.

The Senate is expected to vote on the issue, brought forward by independent senator Nick Xenophon, by the end of next week.

Professor McGorry met Senator Xenophon yesterday to lend his voice to the cause.

"I'm concerned that any restriction or any discouragement of access to mental health care will cost lives and result in unnecessary disability for people," he said.

"The whole mental health field would support this call for an inquiry and it's something that's overdue in my opinion."

So far, only the Australian Greens have committed to voting for the inquiry and it needs more support if it's to get up.

Senator Xenophon said the church had nothing to fear from a transparent inquiry where it would be given the right of reply.

He said he would not abandon any victims of Scientology, adding he could be a "completely stubborn bastard" when it came to pursuing important issues.

The church's Australian vice-president Cyrus Brooks has rejected the support of the mental health experts.

"That's the wrong way for them to go there. They're going into the field of religion and they're in the field of mental health," he said.

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oops....it's already been posted. :duh:
Could a mod please remove it?


Whew I am not the only one putting up double threads! :D

So much media to cope with. :happydance:

What we need is some sort of organising board - some hats assigned - stuff like that. :coolwink: