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Another capital to get a ‘national’ Scientology center. Can you feel the excitement?

Fresh off the purchase of an Ideal Org building for Adelaide in August, Scientology is buying a building in Canberra which will be known as the National Church of Scientology. Canberra is the capital of Australia and although it’s surrounded by New South Wales, the city is a small independent enclave known as the Australian Capital Territory or ACT. Almost 400,000 residents make it the country’s eighth largest city.

[January 2019 Canberra donations board]


If you’ve never heard of the Canberra Scientology org you’re not alone: it’s tiny. It sits in a strip of shops near City Hill, one of the city’s two main ring roads. Attendance at events is usually 10 to 15, and the fundraising is in the hundreds rather than tens of thousands of Australian Dollars. To open an Ideal Org money is primarily being raised in Sydney and Melbourne and we think much comes from the IAS. The staff will have to come from outside and the “safepointing” described by L. Ron Hubbard as necessary for establishing an org is also from neighboring orgs.


The Mantra Hotel dinner event is only a block from the old org, but we can’t see a building of 50,000 sq. ft. being purchased on City Hill or Capital Hill south of Lake Burley Griffin. The location is a closely held secret for now. We’re betting on a suburban location such as Belconnen or Mitchell. Any further out and they wouldn’t be in the ACT but in New South Wales. It’s a trade-off made for many Ideal Orgs. They leave a small location in the city center with foot traffic for a large facility in the suburbs with no possibility of pedestrian drop-ins. If it happens according to schedule the sale will be reported in the business press in a few days.


Donations are being solicited based on the city being the seat of Australia’s government. It’s typical of Scientology to think that having an Ideal Org there will have a huge impact on governmental policy, but we doubt Her Majesty’s Government or any of the 107 ambassadors will ever know the org is there. The two universities mentioned are Canberra University and the Australian National University.


This is the mindset of the Ideal Org movement. First, safepoint the org, then build the org, then Scientology will spread like wildfire. It’s not true in Moscow, Tokyo, London or Mexico City, so there’s no reason to think Canberra will become a Scientology dominated city in the next few years. As with all Ideal Orgs there will be a brief boom and then a bust.


Each Ideal Org in ANZO has a mascot, and Canberra’s is the penguin. Canberra is 150 Km inland and has no penguins. If Scientology is working on all orgs to reach ideal status simultaneously, they still have to renovate Adelaide and Canberra, and buy and renovate a building in Brisbane to make ANZO an ideal continent, sending it straight up and “verticle.”

— Rod Keller


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Posted by Tony Ortega on September 1, 2019 at 07:00

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