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Spotlight: Inside Australia's biggest cult

Apr 12, 2020 • 18m 31s

Following the death of cult leader Anne Hamilton-Byrne, surviving members of The Family reckon with judgement.

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Spotlight: Inside Australia's biggest cult

• Apr 12, 2020

Spotlight: Inside Australia's biggest cult

In the 1960s, Anne Hamilton-Byrne set up Australia’s most notorious cult, The Family. Last month, she died. Martin McKenzie-Murray spoke to one of the survivors, Ben Shenton, about living outside the cult and reckoning with her death.

Guest: Former chief correspondent for The Saturday Paper, Martin McKenzie-Murray.

Background reading:

She’s with Lucifer now – her master in The Saturday Paper
The Saturday Paper
The Monthly

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