Church of Scientology spends $7m on home

THE Church of Scientology has spent more than $7 million on a new Victorian headquarters and prayer facility in northern Melbourne.

The controversial church has also quietly put out the feelers on selling its landmark five-storey Russell St building, which is expected to fetch about $7.5 million.

Scientology officials would not comment on claims that James Packer – who allegedly has links to the church through his friendship with movie star and Scientologist Tom Cruise – had helped finance the new headquarters.