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  1. Australian Lad Tricks Two People With Prank Call

    Calling 2 Aussies at the same time prank call

  2. Scarthumb Member

    Hi fellow Ozanons
    I'm looking for more information on the cyber laws including metadata harvesting.(whatever that is) that the #$@%%& Abbot gov was talking about.
    Does anybody have any leads?
  3. Scarthumb Member

    Hi again Ozanons
    I am looking to begin a loose, no commitments cell in the southwest regeon of WA. Is anyone interested?
  4. Disambiguation Global Moderator

    Hi Scarthumb- in general we need to get to know you before connecting this way. This is cumbersome, I know. I suggest you try working on a project here- you will meet people that way.
    If you are a techie try this
    Also take a look at Scientology in your area and post what you find in the AvS forum

    We are a subset of Anonymous, the more common Anonymous is active elsewhere, try looking at Twitter
  5. Scarthumb Member

    Hi Disambiguation
    Thanks for your feedback. I'll look up your links, and do what I can to get involved. And thanks for your advice. Really appreciate it.
  6. The Wrong Guy Member

    Last week I posted this in a different thread, so I'm reposting it in the correct place:
  7. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology gets a stroking in Australia

    By Tony Ortega, June 14, 2016

    There’s no news in a story that just showed up at the Australian Daily Telegraph extolling the wondrous virtues of Scientology’s new “Australasian HQ” that’s scheduled to be open in September.

    We already knew that the facility, a former acoustics lab, was purchased by Scientology for $37 million to become a new “Advanced Org” outside of Sydney that will serve Australia and Asia. The newspaper clearly doesn’t understand what an Advanced Org is or does in the hierarchy of Scientology. But the story also ignores what we reported earlier, based on Scientology’s own documents that it submitted to the local government in an environmental impact report: That the expensive and huge facility will only serve about 87 parishioners at any given time.

    With only about 2,000 Scientologists in the country at its last census, the last thing Australia needs is a Scientology Advanced Org. But at least it’s found a friendly press outlet.

  8. The Wrong Guy Member

    Inside the Church of Scientology's new $57 MILLION Sydney HQ - complete with special living quarters for celebrity members like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Kate Ceberano
    • The Church of Scientology are set to open its new Australian headquarters
    • The site, in Sydney's north, has been developed over the last 18 months
    • $57 million has been invested in purchasing and renovating the church
    • The Chatswood building will be the biggest Scientology church in Australia
  9. The Wrong Guy Member

    Revealed: Sydney's secret new Scientology HQ, where only celebrities and high-ranking worshippers can cross the 'bridge to total freedom' for 'auditing sessions'
    • Pictures of Church of Scientology's Australian headquarters have emerged
    • The site, in Sydney's north, has been developed over the last 18 months
    • It is in its final construction stages and is set to open in September
    • $57 million has been invested in purchasing and renovating the church
    • The Chatswood building will be the biggest Scientology church in Australia
  10. White Tara Global Moderator

    The group will be launching recruitment drives in nearby suburbs which will target people suffering with depression or drug addiction, the Daily Telegraph reported.
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Aussie taxpayer money funding Scientology schools

    By Tony Ortega, July 12, 2016


    There’s a very interesting report from the Sydney Morning Herald today about Scientology’s front group Applied Scholastics, two suburban schools that use Scientology tech, and taxpayer money.

    Journalist Eryk Bagshaw ran the numbers, and found that with what the schools are charging for tuition, on top of what they get in state funding, students at the Applied Scholastics schools receive far more per student than at many Australian public schools.

    Naturally, the schools pulled out the “we’re secular and not part of the Church of Scientology” excuse, but you can bet that David Miscavige is boasting at events that the schools have figured out a way to double-dip the Australian taxpayer while Scientology continues its “expansion.”

  12. The Wrong Guy Member

    Schools linked to Scientology are given up to $2700 MORE in funding per student than hundreds of public schools
    • Yarralinda School in outer-east Melbourne is linked to Scientology
    • Each student at the school receives $11,300 in government funding
    • That is $2,700 more per student than at a nearby public school
    • It is more funding per student than 800 NSW and Victorian schools
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  13. White Tara Global Moderator

    Beat me to it as always TWG, thanks for posting and Mr Nick Xenophon to the white courtesy phone please. :)
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  14. DeathHamster Member

    And that's a total Scientology money-suck unless things have changed (been hidden) in the last five years.
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    Church of Scientology selling former HQ

    The haven status of direct property ownership has risen with a large number of sales recorded in off-market transactions, according to agents.

    The Sydney headquarters of the Church of Scientology, at 19-37 Greek Street, Glebe, is the latest on the market and the agents at TGC and LJ Hooker Commercial are expecting the scarcity of inner-city freehold commercial buildings, in addition to Broadway's popularity, to drive strong interest.


    The 4566 sq m site at Glebe has been home to the church's operations for many years for worship and education. The church is moving to much larger premises later this year at the former government acoustic lab in Chatswood.

    More here:
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  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bryan Seymour on Scientology’s AO for sale

    By Tony Ortega, August 6, 2016
  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Push for Scientology to pay tax in Australia

    7News Sydney


    There's a renewed push to make groups like Scientology to pay tax in Australia. The timing couldn't be worse for the secretive group, as a revealing movie from documentary maker Louis Theroux is about to be released. Bryan Seymour reports.

    My Scientology Movie opens in cinemas September 8:

    Louis Theroux's Speaking Tour of Australia:

    Source, and video report:
  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    I took Scientology’s personality test, and the results weren’t good

    By Emma Reynolds,, September 3, 2016


    I'm sat at a wooden desk answering multiple choice questions with a pencil, occasionally erasing my answers and colouring in a different circle.

    No, this isn’t an exam, although the rows of shiny books and touchscreen information movies might suggest we were in a particularly well-funded private school.

    “Is your life a constant struggle for survival?” the paper asks.

    “Do you get occasional twitches of your muscles, when there is no logical reason for it?”

    “Is your voice monotonous rather than varied in pitch?”

    The 200 questions range from the personal to the bizarre, covering my plans for children, my response to authority and my views on hunting and imprisonment.

    I’m filling out a 1950s personality test called the Oxford Capacity Analysis, the Church of Scientology’s number one recruitment tool, which has faced criticism from psychologists for its lack of scientific basis.

    I was handed a flyer advertising the “FREE” test a few days earlier, and decided to visit the Sydney branch to find out what it thought about me.

    The results, I’m afraid, weren’t good.

    I score highly in the depressed, irresponsible and withdrawn categories. I am given 100 out of 100 for “unstable”. My levels of nervousness, uncertainty and unappreciativeness are also “unacceptable”, with only my active and aggressive qualities falling within a normal or “desirable” state.

    A man in glasses called Pete* takes me through my results, asking me probing questions about whether I’d had a troubled childhood or difficult past relationships. His usual suggestion for someone like me, he said, would depend on which of my many issues I wanted to work on.

    If it was my apparent depression, it would be a course or Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics, a set of theories concerning the metaphysical relationship between mind and body.

    The courses are $55 and the books $25, or more with an accompanying DVD.

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  20. I took Scientology’s personality test, and the results weren’t good. I took Scientology’s personality test, and the results weren’t good

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    I took Scientology’s personality test, and the results weren’t good

    SEPTEMBER 3, 20166:33AM

    Emma Reynolds @emmareyn


    The results, I’m afraid, weren’t good.


    I score highly in the depressed, irresponsible and withdrawn categories. I am given 100 out of 100 for “unstable”. My levels of nervousness, uncertainty and unappreciativeness are also “unacceptable”, with only my active and aggressive qualities falling within a normal or “desirable” state.

    A man in glasses called Pete* takes me through my results, asking me probing questions about whether I’d had a troubled childhood or difficult past relationships. His usual suggestion for someone like me, he said, would depend on which of my many issues I wanted to work on.

    If it was my apparent depression, it would be a course or Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s book Dianetics, a set of theories concerning the metaphysical relationship between mind and body.

    The courses are $55 and the books $25, or more with an accompanying DVD.

    As someone who has never suffered from depression but knows many people who have, I wonder about the ethics of such recommendations. Another staff member, Tim*, explains that Scientologists don’t believe in “mind-altering drugs” such as antidepressants.


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  21. White Tara Global Moderator

    Threads merged.
  22. The Wrong Guy Member

    Bryan Seymour reporting live from Scientology’s ‘Advanced Org’ opening in Sydney

    By Tony Ortega, September 4, 2016


    Australian television journalist Bryan Seymour is sending us messages from the scene of Scientology’s grand opening for its new “Advanced Org” in Chatswood, a suburb of Sydney.

    Here are the messages we’re getting from him.


    UPDATE: Our thanks to Rod Keller for chasing down some snapshots of today’s opening in Chatswood, Australia of Scientology’s new “Advanced Org”.

    Continued here:
  23. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientologists 'flown in from Taiwan' to make up numbers for new centre opening | 7News Sydney

    Singer Kate Ceberano has headlined the opening of Scientology's controversial new Australian headquarters in Chatswood.

    Video report by Bryan Seymour:

    Scientologists 'flown in from Taiwan' to boost attendance at launch of a new A$57m centre | IBTimes

    The imported crowd attended the opening of Scientology's new Sydney headquarters.
  24. The Wrong Guy Member

    Tom Cruise Recruiting Margot Robbie For Scientology? | Gossip Cop


    Tom Cruise is not looking to recruit Margot Robbie for Scientology, despite a new report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this claim, which was made in one of this week’s tabloids. We’re told it’s “not true.”

    According to the new issue of OK!, Cruise is both looking to cast Robbie in Top Gun 2, as well as have her become a Scientologist. A so-called “source” tells the tabloid, “Tom is working hard to recruit her for Scientology.” The magazine notes that with the completion of a church center in Sydney Australia, “Tom wants some big names from Down Under to be the faces of the religion there. He’s been telling Margot she can help transform the church’s image for a new generation.”

    While it’s true that Robbie is Australian, she doesn’t live Down Under anymore. Nor has she for a long time. The actress lives with her boyfriend Tom Ackerley and a handful of roommates outside of London. Irrespective of that crucial fact, the tabloid is still wrong with its claim about Cruise approaching Robbie to be one of “the faces of the religion.” Additionally, the part about Cruise also asking the blonde actress to be in Top Gun 2 is a recycled story that was floated more than a year ago by a questionable webloid, and was never confirmed.

    Notwithstanding all of OK!’s factual errors, Gossip Cop still looked into the report, and we’re told talk about Cruise looking to recruit Robbie for Scientology is “not true.” We’re hardly surprise by that. The publication has printed a slew of inaccurate stories about Cruise. Interestingly, just two and a half months ago, Gossip Cop busted the magazine when it contradictorily alleged in a cover story that Cruise was leaving Scientology.

  25. The Wrong Guy Member

    Here's the cult's press release from today:

    Scientology Crowns Record Growth With All-New Spiritual Headquarters for Asia Pacific Region

    The grandest of ceremonies heralded a spectacular new Ideal Advanced Organization offering unbridled expansion of spiritual progress for Scientologists across Australia, New Zealand and Asia.


    Just ten minutes from Sydney's city center, yet a world away amid 900 acres of arboreal forest in the Lane Cove National Park, the stunning new spiritual home for the Church of Scientology was inaugurated before thousands at its dedication on Sunday, September 4.

    "Today we mark yet another monumental done with a grand opening that is positively like no other," said David Miscavige, Chairman of the Board of the Religious Technology Center and ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion. "For where else can you dedicate a new Scientology Advanced Organization as breathtaking as this? Or for that matter, where else can you offer the timeless freedom of eternity to the most populated zone on Earth? Well, that is exactly what we inaugurate today as we cut the ribbon on your new Ideal Advanced Organization for Australasia!"

    The Church's newest and largest spiritual center outside the United States is destined to be a beacon of freedom for the Asia Pacific region. An architectural masterpiece with soaring windows that open onto views of the national park, where kookaburras trill at dawn and dusk, the massive and masterfully-restored 145,000-square-foot building is a physical wonder that gives meaning to the spirit of Scientology itself.

    Describing how he "first laid eyes on this arboreal palace nestled at the rim of a eucalyptus wonderland," Mr. Miscavige said, "the most descriptive phrase beyond 'mind-blowing' was, 'perfectly perfect.' Well, so too, is the timing of your grand opening."


    As he prepared to cut the ribbon on a new future for Scientology in Australasia, Mr. Miscavige observed its significance: "And, with that, we come to the final minutes before those doors open on eternity. As such, this is the perfect moment to reflect on what it means to now possess an Ideal Advanced Org that's virtually out of this world. And so, in honor of our Founder's everlasting dream, I hereby dedicate this new ideal spiritual gateway in the name of L. Ron Hubbard and Total Freedom."

    More here, with links to cult sites:
  26. Why oh fucking why has the COS been allowed to desecrate Lane Cove national park with this monstrous eyesore?

    Come on Nick Xenophon answers please.
  27. It's an outrage, a disgrace to our heritage and a mockery of everything we as Australians hold dear to our beloved country and we allowed this to happen.

  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scientology Chatswood: New Sydney headquarters is biggest in Australia

    By Emma Reynolds,


    The church, whose immaculately dressed members have recently been stepping up their recruitment in the city through a bizarre personality test, is already targeting locals with its promise of solving problems with depression, substance abuse and past trauma through courses that can cost thousands.

    Representatives have been knocking on neighbours’ doors in the lower north shore suburb of Chatswood in recent weeks to invite them to the opening.

    “She kept stating this was not a recruitment drive event but rather a ‘we are your new neighbours’ message,” said one resident. “But in my opinion, it’s the former.”
    A former resident who attended the festivities said they were met by a “warm and friendly” middle-aged church member called Kim, who hovered beside them throughout the day as events were shown on big screens for those standing far back in the packed forecourt.
  29. The Wrong Guy Member

    Shilling for Scientology Down Under

    By Tony Ortega, September 5, 2016


    We’ve heaped a lot of praise on Australian journalists for the work they do on Scientology and its controversies, in particular TV journos Steve Cannane (who is now in England) and Bryan Seymour, who was all over yesterday’s grand opening of an “Advanced Org” outside of Sydney.

    But it’s good to remember that not everyone is Bryan Seymour. Get a load of Channel 9’s happy coverage of the grand opening, which included a tour inside.

    What Channel 9’s Mark Burrows doesn’t point out (and probably doesn’t know) is that the woman who showed him around and provided a line of happy bullshit, Scientology spokeswoman Erin Banks, is the daughter of Paula Tyler, one of Scientology’s most notorious spies, who helped to frame journalist Paulette Cooper for a felony back in 1972, when the church was doing everything it could to destroy Paulette’s life.

    It was Paula Tyler who was sent in to befriend Paulette and get an apartment in her building. She then brought in super spy Don Alverzo, calling himself Jerry Levin, who eventually moved in with Paulette herself from May to September, 1973, and provided daily reports to the church about what Paulette was saying while she faced trial for a felony she’d been framed for. For more about that operation and how it came out, see our book, The Unbreakable Miss Lovely.

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  30. ‘Like a B-grade indoctrination movie’: Aussies who’ve dipped their toes into Scientology - ‘Like a B-grade indoctrination movie’: Aussies who’ve dipped their toes into Scientology

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    A letter written to Tasmanian reader Peter, 35 years after he took a personality test in LA. Source:


    Peter regularly receives queries about whether he’s pursuing Scientology in Australia, despite never responding. Source:

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  31. Scientology fighting falling numbers with Asian HQ.

    Weekend Australian: Scientologists fight falling numbers with Asian HQ

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    Journalist Sydney

    Sydney has become home to what Scientology calls its biggest “spiritual centre” outside the US as the group created by a science-fiction writer in 1950 makes a bid to cash in on the booming Asian region as its overall membership continues to fall.

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  32. The Wrong Guy Member


    Loon pond: In which the pond isn't surprised to discover the hate for its Sunday meditation

    By Dorothy Parker

    Here's the relevant excerpt. Quote:

    ...while in Sunday meditation mood, there was some mixed news about the Scientology cult.

    The good news is that numbers are falling, the bad news is that they're setting up a bunker in the down under region (won't someone do a Downfall parody?).

    In the usual way, they've organised some useful idiots to help them in the task ...

    Ah Sydney, Sydney, what a heart-breaking, delusional town it is ... almost as delusional as the reasons offered by the fellow travelers for their fellow traveling with the notorious Miscavige ...

    And doesn't the bunker look full Bauhaus? It's full on concrete monolith, even more fortified looking than the NSW police's Surry Hills bunker. au covered the launch here ... compare and contrast bunkers ...

    By golly, it makes the cops look positively harmonious. And so on to the fellow travellers ...

    Pathetic really, but if that's the best they could drum up to speak alongside them, then Steve Cannane's talk of a fourth division team is so apt even the football-shy pond can understand it and agree ...

    Cannane once did a story about Paulette Cooper, so here's hoping his book just the job on these Xenu delusionals ... and then, Steve, there's always the angry Sydney Anglicans and their gay hate and their complimentary women ...

    Now in anticipation and to wrap up this Sunday meditation, please allow the pond to help with publicity for the 19th September release ...

    As astonishing as it is compelling - Steve Cannane's extraordinary insight into Scientology in Australia is investigative journalism at its very best. From Rugby League players trying to improve their game, to Hollywood superstars and the depressed sons of media moguls, Scientology has recruited its share of famous Australians. Less known is that Australia was the first place to ban Scientology, or that Scientology spies helped expose the Chelmsford Deep Sleep Scandal. Numerous Australians have held senior posts in the organisation only to fall foul of the top brass and lose their families as a result. Based on years of interviews and research, Walkley Award-winning journalist Steve Cannane tells for the first time the fascinating story of Australia's vital involvement with this powerful, secretive and punitive cult.

    Secretive and punitive cult ... that's talking pond talk ... and then there's the angry Sydney Anglicans ...

  33. The Wrong Guy Member

  34. Disambiguation Global Moderator

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  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    A review of Steve Cannane's new book was published today, and it deserves a mention in this thread.

    It was quoted earlier in the thread about the book, titled Fair Game: The Incredible Untold Story of Scientology in Australia by Steve Cannane.

    Fair Game | The Saturday Paper


    It was happy times for Australian Scientologists when Hubbard himself visited Melbourne in 1959 and declared that Australia would be the world’s first “clear continent”.

    As it turned out, much of the continent did eventually go “clear”, but not in the sense Hubbard intended the phrase. Australia became the first country to hold an official investigation into Scientology, and Victoria the first government in the world to ban it. South Australia and Western Australia later followed suit. The damning results of the Australian inquiry informed the attitudes of governments around the world. Similarly, journalistic investigations of Scientology here, including by broadcast media, have had an enormous impact on Scientology’s worldwide reputation, and emboldened media elsewhere to stand up to the bullying and litigation that is its automatic response to criticism – Scientology is the Donald Trump of religions. Some of its fiercest and most lethal critics today are Australian, including the unlikely bedfellows of Rupert Murdoch, Julian Assange and Nick Xenophon.

    Cannane demonstrates that it was the early blowback against Scientology here that inspired some of Hubbard’s most punitive policies, including that which gives this book its title. “Fair Game” is the practice by which any critic of Scientology may be, in Hubbard’s chilling words, “deprived of property or injured by any means by any Scientologist”. This is not a metaphorical threat. Cannane reveals the existence of a virtual gulag of punishment centres, including one in Dundas, in Sydney, where those who have violated the cult’s rules or crossed its leaders may be held against their will, semi-starved, forced into hard labour and made to spend hours a day studying Scientology’s sacred texts. Cannane’s interview with a survivor, a South American who managed to escape from the punishment centre in Dundas in 2010 after several years of internment, makes for harrowing reading – and it points to the paradox that the Australian government had to issue a protection visa to the man “on the grounds that a religious organisation it deems a tax-exempt charity had trafficked him”.

    There's more here:
  36. RightOn Member

    The quotes from Le Lam and Dr. Thompson are disturbing and couldn't be more incorrect.
    And shame on James Cook for agreeing to speak so he can further the agenda of his group. You don't sleep with the cult, no matter how worthy your group is. To do so, makes you complicit in the COS's abuses and it only helps to help the COS to continue those abuses.

    Have these guest speakers never heard what Xenophon has had to say about the COS in the past Really?
    They have never watched one Brian Seymour report?
    These speakers are in need of some poons.

    I have said it a MILLION times... The people who get up to to speak at these COS dog and pony shows (willing shills aside) never do their homework.
    Do ANY of them get paid for their appearances? How much has that been looked into?
    Because I find it really hard to believe that ANYONE (never mind people with titles or those who hold positions in town and universities) in this day and age would support such a ruthless, litigious and dangerous corporation unless they were paid heavily to do so.

    And the audience gazes on while DM, the Houdini of Scientology, prattles on with nothing more than trumped up numbers, lies and over all fuckery.
    Shameless and irresponsible of anyone to participate in the farce.
  37. The Wrong Guy Member

    Sydney Athena School principal stars in Scientology video | Daily Mail Online

    'I wasn't going to let children suffer': Principal at 'secular' Sydney school appears in Scientology video - and reveals she joined the religion to 'help' her young students
    • Headmistress of the Athena School stars in Scientology promotional clip
    • 'My name's Fiona, I'm a school principal and I'm a Scientologist'
    • 'I wasn't going to let children suffered how I suffered in the classroom'
    • The school has been accused of links to the secretive religious group
    • It teaches according to philosophies of L. Ron Hubbard
    A Sydney school principal is the star of a glossy Church of Scientology promotional video alongside scores of schoolchildren. Athena School headmistress Fiona Milne features in a recent clip produced by the secretive religious group.

    Continued here:

    Fiona Milne has been mentioned in these threads:

    2010: Oz: School rapped over failure to declare Scientology links

    2013: Sydney scilon school reviews true color
  38. The Wrong Guy Member

    Former Church of Scientology 'punishment camp' in Sydney undergoes multimillion-dollar renovations - including a new 'silent birthing unit'
    • The former Church of Scientology flagship in Dundas, in west Sydney, is undergoing massive renovations
    • The facility in believed to house hundreds of members, some of which are sent there because they strayed
    • It is understood a birthing unit will be added to the rundown property as part of the overall facelift
    • A long-time neighbour said she hears buses coming and going often until as early as 3am
    By Brianne Tolj for Daily Mail Australia


    While the Church of Scientology has been showing off its new eye-popping $57million headquarters on Sydney's north shore in a bid to attract new members, the secretive religion has been quietly working on its former flagship facility.

    The secretive religion's former headquarters tucked in Dundas, in western Sydney, which is believed to be used as a punishment camp for members who stray, is receiving its own massive renovation, including a birthing unit, Daily Mail Australia understands.

    Scientologists practice 'silent birth' and discourage any words from being used from any person in the delivery room.

    It is understood the new unit for expectant mothers is included in the building's overall face lift to accommodate a mix of families and students that call the quiet facility home.

    A plan approved by the City of Parramatta states that the renovations will include 'additions to the existing place of public worship including internal reconfiguration, provision of new dormitory.'

    The plans show extensive work to the outside of the facility and plumbing but do not depict a birthing unit or new dormitories.

    The first application submitted to the city list the price for the renovations at $1,638,627. The plan was altered and resubmitted again but depicted the estimated price as $0.

    Four additional plans have been submitted this year since June for 'alterations and additions,' fire safety upgrades, additional landscaping and 'disabled access upgrades and construction of new external fire stairs'.

    The estimated price for all four new applications is around $4.5million.

    Vicki Dunstan, the president of the church in Australia, told Daily Mail Australia the improvements were to 'beautify' the building and will include a new gate, landscaping, fresh paint to the inside and upgrades to bathroom facilities.

    She confirmed members of the church live there and said many of them are Ministers or Ministers in training for the religion.

    Members from overseas can also stay there when they visit, she said.

    Ms Dunstan would not say if a birthing unit or additional dorms are included in the renovations, or how much it would cost.

    'The Dundas facility used to house administrative offices, as well as living spaces. Now that the administrative has moved to the Chatswood building, we are renovating the existing building,' she said.

    A handful of people were seen wandering around the property, which was littered with mounds of dirt and construction materials with a broken delivery sign in the front that read 'Church of Scientology.'

    A young girl, no older than eight, was seen playing in the dusty yard by herself before being joined by an older man who led her around by her hand. Two women who appeared to be in their 40s or 50s, one dressed in tailored pant suit, were also seen walking onto the property.

    A woman who has lived across the street from the church headquarters for 16 years said she sees a large bus coming and going from several times a day and often until 3am.

    'I think they're going to the city,' she said, adding that the majority of people being transported seem to be of Asian appearance.

    Another neighbour, who lives nearby with his newborn daughter, said he hasn't had an problems with the people living in the building because they are quiet but the buses coming and going 'every 30 minutes are irritating.'

    In 2013, ABC reported that the Church of Scientology had been focusing on recruiting new members and staff in Taiwan and was bringing many of them to Dundas.

    Insiders said that at least 50 percent of Scientology's staff in Sydney are from Taiwan.

    Former Hack host Steven Cannanecalled the Dundas headquarters a 'penal colony' in his new book Fair Game, and claimed the members sent to the facility were isolated and forced to perform manual labour, while eating 'slops' and leftovers from a nearby market, according to ABC.

    The church was accused of holding a woman named Alice Wu hostage in an isolation room in the building in 2012 after a mental breakdown, according to ABC.

    Ms Wu's family claim she was trying to escape when she smashed the widow and injured her hand but the church denied the allegations.

    Her family said the ordeal began when Ms Wu asked to leave but a statement from the church offered to ABC said Ms Wu had simply come down with the flu, had become delusory and cut her hand.

    Source, with 15 photos:

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