The West Australian, Wed 29 Jan 1969, p15
Police seize Scientology material
Police raided the Hay-street headquarters of the scientology
organisation yesterday for the second time since it was outlawed in W.A.
Inspector A.J. Parker and five detectives searched the premises under
a warrant for about an hour and took away stationery, records and
Mr Michael Graham, who describes himself as the assistant guardian of the
Church of Scientology in W.A., said he believed that a summons would be
issued as a result of the raid.
Little of value was taken, apart from 4,000 stamped addressed envelopes
which were to be sent to W.A. scientologists.
There were about 12 people in the building when the raid began just before
9 a.m., he said.
No-one was allowed to leave during the raid, and all telephone calls were
The detectives took away all incoming mail.
The first raid was on November 15, two days after legislation came into
force banning the practice of scientology.
300 NZ Files Burnt
WELLINGTON, Tues: The Church of Scientology in Auckland today burnt about
300 files containing the names and addresses of people who might have been
called to give evidence at the government's proposed inquiry into the
Lawyer To Inquire Into Cult
LONDON, Tues: The British government has appointed a lawyer to inquire
into the practice and effects of scientology while still retaining its ban
on foreigners entering Britain to study the cult.
Social Security Minister Richard Crossman told parliament that Sir John
Foster, a lawyer and conservative MP, would hold the inquiry in private.
His report would be published and the cult's activities abroad
The government had banned overseas scientology students from entering
Britain last July because it concluded that the cult was an undesirable
Since then changes had taken place and an inquiry was highly desirable, he
Critics in the United States, Australia and elsewhere had branded
scientology as socially harmful. - A.A.P. Reuters.