This Men-Only Club Will Now Have To Admit Women
Brisbane's men-only Tattersall's Club will open its doors to women after a group of unhappy blokes lost a court challenge.
Women will be allowed to sign up as members of the exclusive Tattersall's Club after a legal challenge failed on Thursday.
In an extremely tight ballot last year -- that came down to 37 votes -- members voted to open the club's doors to women for the first time in its 150-year history.
But a small group refused to accept the result and went to the Brisbane Supreme Court, arguing on a technicality that members should be polled again.
Lawyers for long-time member Paul Hogan, not to be confused with Aussie screen legend Hoges, told the court that club rules required membership numbers to be pre-printed on voting forms.
But they weren't and 96 votes were uncounted because forms had not been marked with a number, or were illegible.
Those arguments came to naught on Thursday when Justice Glenn Martin dismissed the challenge.
He found the original vote did fall within "substantial compliance" of the club's rules.
He also said he could not interfere with club affairs because it was an unincorporated association.
Speaking outside court on Thursday, Mr Hogan said he was disappointed by the decision.
The club has copped criticism in the past for its blokes-only membership rules, although women have been able to visit the club.
Before last year's vote, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said her ministers would continue to boycott the club until it changed its tune on women members.
"In a state that has a female premier, deputy premier, opposition leader and chief justice, a club that seeks to engage community leaders but bans women from being members is out of step with community sentiment," she said.
At the time, Tattersall's president Stuart Fraser said he was all for women joining, with the club seeking a more "family-friendly" atmosphere.