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The Age (Melbourne), 11 Mar 1966, p3

New Scientology probe sought

The Chief Secretary (Mr. Rylah) has asked police to check on undercover Scientology operations in Victoria.

This follows growing evidence of Scientology propaganda being posted in Melbourne and distributed to addresses in Victoria and elsewhere.

In Brisbane on Wednesday a woman reported she had received a Scientology publication bearing a Russell Street porkmark.

Victoria has already taken the matter up with the Postmaster-General's department to see if action can be taken to stop Scientology pamphlets being distributed through the mails.

However, the State Government has been told the department has now power to intervene.

Mr. Rylah yesterday appealed to Victorians who had received Scientology propaganda to contact the Crown Law department immediately.

Scientology was banned by Victorian legislation last year.

Under the ban, anyone pho practises or advertises Scientology in this State can be fined up to $200 for a first offence and up to $500, or two years' gaol, for subsequent offences.

Mr. Rylah said anyone found posting illegal Scientology pamphlets or dropping them into letter boxes would be liable to prosecution.

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