Sydney’s Australian Club sounding like the ‘un-Australian club’: Kenny
Sky News host Chris Kenny says the exclusive gentlemen’s club, The Australian Club in Sydney is sounding like the “un-Australian club” amid suggestions it considers ethnic background when it comes to membership. A story in The Australian has revealed there is a debate in the Australian Club in relation to a push by some in the club to admit female members. The debate has been ongoing for years and will come to a head in a vote next week. “Now this is interesting enough, but there’s more,” Mr Kenny said. “I don’t really have a problem with single-sex clubs… but there was a little mention in this story that really troubled me.” In the article, a letter from former federal court judge Peter Graham – who is contesting the admission of female members – said members of the Club have “expressed views about the Club” including those up to “the admission of members of Asian race”. According to Mr Kenny, this sounds “extraordinary” and “offensive”. “I am told in the full context of this letter we might see the reference as merely clumsily or old-fashioned language,” he said. “But single-sex clubs is one thing, if there is any suggestion at all that a club would consider ethnic background… that would not only be repugnant, I dare say it would also be illegal. “This doesn’t sound very Australian at all, that makes it sound like the un-Australian club.” Mr Kenny spoke with Pauline Wright from the Civil Liberties Council about the issue.