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The Age (Melbourne), 06 Aug 1969, p3

Scientology brings in legal chief on Vic. ban


Scientology's world legal chief - Mr. Charles Parselle - has arrived in Melbourne to challenge the Victorian ban on the movement. With him is an English QC, Mr. Peter Pain.

"We want to issue a writ," Mr. Parselle - wearing a Geelong Grammer old school tie - told me yesterday.

He agreed this would logically mean a writ against the State Government, which banned scientology in 1965.

"Anything that can be done legally, we will do," he said.

A final decision to act will probably be made within a week.

Mr. Parselle and Mr. Pain - who is not a scientologist - are consulting local lawyers on the prospects of a court challenge.

Meanwhile, Victoria's top scientologist - Mr. Ian Tampion - says he is planning to deliberately break the anti-scientology law next Sunday.

Charles Parselle (27) is a Rhodesian-born Englishman. He went to Geelong Grammar while his father - Air Vice-Marshal Thomas Parselle, of the RAF - commanded the RAAF Staff College at Point Cook.

It was an exchange posting and young Parselle left Australia when he was 13, after two years here.


He made it clear that any challenge to the Victorian law would be made by attacking the Anderson report of 1965, which described scientology as "perverted."

"This has been doing us a great deal of damage," he said.

He estimated that the Anderson report had been quoted 250 times in the past year by newspapers around the world.

It had been mentioned in the Parliaments of Britain and South Africa, and freely quoted in Canada.

Charles Parselle became a scientologist in 1965, soon after his mother joined the movement.

"The family gave her hell for six months," he recalls.

Then he went along to a meeting "to see what mum was doing." He saw - and became convinced himself.

Not long before Charles Parselle had qualified in law at Oxford. Now he works at the world headquarters of the cult in East Grinstead, Sussex.


Mr. Tampion has invited reporters, TV crews and MPs to watch him break the law on Sunday.

He has circulated a letter which says: "You are advised that, in an effort to publicly show the anti-religious nature of the Psychological Practices Act 1965, and the manner in which it violates basic human rights, I intend during the afternoon to deliberately and publicly commit an offence against this act."

The "offence" will, he says, take place at a house in Dickens Street, St. Kilda.

Last night, police said they knew of Mr. Tampion's plan. Senior Detective Reg Henderson said they would move if they caught the scientologists breaking the law.

The Victorian group is now know as the Church of Scientology of California in Victoria. It has held services recently at a house in Manchester Street, Hawthorn.

Mr. Tampion said yesterday there were about 1000 Victorian scientologists, including several hundred who were "active".

The sect's founder is an American, L. Ron Hubbard. He moved its headquarters to Britain several years ago.