Kevin Rudd famously labelled the Exclusive Brethren (EB) a "cult" when he was in opposition and heaped scorn on John Howard for being too generous with their cause. But when he became Prime Minister, he changed his mind and figures show that funding to schools run by the EB under the Rudd government, increased by 50 per cent.
So we know that the Exclusive Brethren is a rich and powerful cult who have proven political influence in Australia. They are isolationist and believe it is the duty of God's chosen people to avoid all contact with the ungodly which also applies in business. EB members either own their own company or work for someone who does.
Wealthy leader Bruce Hales lives on Sydney's north shore and runs a number of companies including a furniture business and a computing company, despite telling his followers that television, radio, computers, smart phones and the Internet are all evil. EB followers have no idea what is going on in the outside world which gives Hales enormous power over his flock. He said that Apple founder Steve Jobs was given cancer as a punishment from God.
EB is in the news again today but its followers will never know about it. They do not tolerate homosexuality and when a troubled 18 year old youth told an elder of the church he was gay, he was told to see Dr Craddock, who would give him something "that would help his problem." But what he was really talking about was chemical castration.
Mark Christopher James Craddock, 75, a member of EB, gave the youth a prescription for anti-androgen therapy, cyproterone acetate (Cyprostat), at his home in February 2008.
The patient, who is no longer a member of the church, wrote to the Health Care Complaints Commission and told them about his 10 minute consultation with the doctor who gave him a prescription for Cyprostat with 5 repeats. The powerful drug lowers libido by reducing testosterone levels and is used to treat prostate cancer, and male sexual disorders such as pedophilia.
Dr Craddock was brought before the Medical Council of NSW in June and admitted he did not obtain a medical history or conduct a physical examination. He didn't bother to arrange a follow-up appointment or refer him to a counsellor or psychologist, despite the drug manufacturer's recommendation that this must be done. He didn't order a liver test or discuss the effects of the drug which include impotence.
Dr Craddock conceded it was potentially dangerous for a patient to have such medication unsupervised and that in hindsight, he should not have prescribed it at all. He was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct and banned from practicing as a GP.