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Scientology ‘Ideal Org’: Melbourne, Australia

 
231-251 Mount Alexander Road, Ascot Vale
Melbourne Victoria 3032
03-9654-8655

Went Ideal: January 29, 2011

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Miscavige quote: “It is my honour to join you this evening and commemorate a moment that will live on in history for a long time to come. Not that you haven’t loomed large in history before, not that you haven’t triumphed over great adversity in years gone by, not that you didn’t stand firm for the dignity of Man, and not that you didn’t indeed uphold the God-given rights of all religions all over this world. But having triumphed today in the name of our religion, you just flipped this planet all the way around so that Melbourne now sits on top of the globe. And that’s what it means to build an Ideal Org beneath the Southern Cross.”

[Since 2003, Scientology leader David Miscavige has been on an ambitious quest to upgrade every one of Scientology’s “orgs” — its name for churches. One after another, orgs are being replaced by “Ideal Orgs” in what Miscavige claims represents an expansion of the church’s reach. Local members are under intense pressure to raise funds for the multimillion-dollar projects, but there’s no evidence that fancier facilities are bringing in new members. We’re maintaining pages for each Ideal Org, and we’re hoping you’ll help us keep up to date about these places by sending us information about them.]

 


Scientology’s caption: “MR. DAVID MISCAVIGE, Chairman of the Board of Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, dedicated the new Church of Scientology of Melbourne. Joining him were (left to right): Shadow Minister for Tourism and Major Events, the Honourable Justin Madden; Former Indigenous Person of the Year and traditional owner of Uluru, Uncle Bob Randall; Lord Mayor of Melbourne, the Right Honourable Robert Doyle; Moonee Valley City Councillor, Paul Giuliano; and Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Monash University, Professor Gary Bouma.”

 
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