Bryan Seymour: Scientology's sniffer-dog problem is bad timing for Narconon in Australia - 2017-04-05
Two years ago, we told you that Scientology's drug rehab in Australia was in trouble, and now there's more evidence of it — the place is being sued for not paying its bills. And TV journalist Bryan Seymour tells us the timing couldn't be worse for Scientology as it prepares for another push to expand its drug rehab network in that country.
Tom Cowie at The Age revealed yesterday that the Narconon rehab in East Warburton, which calls itself "Get Off Drugs Naturally," is being sued for non-payment of $158,767.75 (US $120,200) by Australian K9 Detection Unit, which supplied sniffer dogs to the rural facility from 2013 to the middle of last year. The dogs were deployed each day from 6pm to midnight to prevent patients (called "students" in Narconon) from having drugs brought into the center.
Two years ago, we reported that Scientology had failed to convince the people of nearby Warburton to allow the rehab to move into town from its more remote current location, O'Shannassy Lodge, where it has operated since 2001. Local citizens had banded together and with a records request showing how often police were called to the lodge convinced the local council that it would be a bad idea to have that kind of police activity in a more populated area.