High-profile businessman and environmentalist Geoff Cousins has quit the Australian Club in protest after its members voted yesterday not to allow women to join.
Mr Cousins, who is a former Telstra director and ex-president of the Australian Conservation, told Today he was stunned by the decision made by members of the elite club.
“I had assumed there was a small group of people in this club who might hold these views,” he said.
“I just cannot believe it.”
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The elite club was founded in 1838 and since then has only allowed men to join as members.
Former prime minister John Howard celebrated his 80th birthday there in 2019.
Other well-known members include George Pell, Malcolm Turnbull and James Packer.
In order to change its rules and allow women to join, 75 per cent of members needed to vote in favour of the proposal, a number that was nowhere near reached.
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