Senior Scientologist says 'no cover up' - 2009-12-12
BRONWYN HERBERT: Its status as a religion is fiercely contested, but the Church of Scientology is undisputedly one of the world's fastest growing groups, as Reverend Bob Adams explains
BOB ADAMS: From one church in 1954 to? we're in 165 nations now; we have 8,000 churches, missions and groups right across this fair earth of ours.
BRONWYN HERBERT: And that includes about a quarter of a million Australian members*. But many of the church's former followers have raised serious allegations of abuse.
South Australian Senator Nick Xenophon used parliamentary privilege last month to detail some of the cases.
- Editor's Note: (December 23) These figures should have been attributed to the Church of Scientology which says it based the number on its mailing list. The 2006 census found the number of Australians identifying themselves as Scientologists to be 2,514.