The history of superstition in the Commonwealth of Australia
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- Cult head, 71, molested girls, trial told
- AAP, The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 July
2000. A 71-year-old man, described as the guru of a religious cult
who collected a harem of nine 'wives', today went on trial on
charges of molesting four girls aged between seven and 10.
- 'Harem' deserts convicted guru
- AAP, The Age, Friday 4 August 2000. New
Zealand-born Laishkochav, formerly known as Ian Lowe, attracted followers
because of his
spiritual powers and beliefs based on Jewish,
Muslim and Mormon religions. Laishkochav had possessed a
charismatic personality and he had taken his role as patriarch
seriously, caring for his wives and children.
- Australian church apologies to child migrants
- BBC, 22 March 2001. Australia's Roman Catholic Church apologised
to British and Maltese child migrants who suffered abuse including
rape, whippings and slave labour in religious institutions.