Police take up Scientology complaints - 2009-11-19
The Prime Minister said he intended to examine allegations against the church before deciding whether to back independent senator Nick Xenophon's demand for a Senate inquiry.
Senator Xenophon told parliament on Tuesday that Scientology was a "criminal organisation" hiding behind religion.
In response to that statement, Mr Rudd said the senator was making "grave allegations".
"Many people in Australia have real concerns about Scientology," he told reporters in Bungendore yesterday. "I share some of those concerns. But let us proceed carefully, and look carefully at the material which he has provided, before we make a decision on further parliamentary action."