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Just in the last hour or so:
Listening to the Senate right now. Tax law debate about forestation schemes that are in effect ponzi schemes....but anyhow. Xenaphon introducted an amendment to the bill to introduce a public benefit test to tax-exempt "non-profits", arguing that such organizations (specifically, The Church of Scientology), if they are to enjoy tax-exemption should have accountability to the Australian public for their activities. Mentioned a laundry list of their behavior which would exclude them...disconnection, forced abortion, child labor law violations, stalking, intimidation, etc...
Gone to division...just about to fail (okay, now just has...6 yays to 28 nos). Greens are supporting, but the government and opposition are not.
Of note though, is that neither major argued against the content of the proposed amendment, but rather the appropriateness of it's insertion into the current debate. Both Senator Sherry (labor) and Xenophon, have used the word cult in regards to Scientology... "Cult clearinghouse" to be exact...which is what Xenophon was using to justify the insertion of this amendment in the context of the current debate.
The comment got quite a few chuckles.
Anyhow, I'll post the hansard when it's up.