Supreme Court re­jects Isis Club de­ci­sion to ex­pel

Isis Town and Country - - News - By MIKE DERRY

THE Isis Club mem­ber whose mem­ber­ship was can­celled then re­turned to her by or­der of a Supreme Court judge plans to carry on vis­it­ing the club.

Jus­tice Dun­can McMeekin ruled the de­ci­sion to ter­mi­nate Lorraine Gould’s mem­ber­ship on April 30 de­nied her nat­u­ral jus­tice.

He said the al­le­ga­tions against her were never put to her and she was not given enough time to re­spond.

In Jus­tice McMeekin’s judge­ment, he stated a let­ter alert­ing Ms Gould in gen­eral terms of the ground the com­plaint – her be­hav­iour had been “in­ju­ruious and prej­u­di­cial” – told her noth­ing of the ac­tual con­duct that was com­plained of.

He stated that Ms Gould could not have mounted any de­fence of her con­duct with­out know­ing what the com­plaint was she had to meet.

Ms Gould yesterday said the out­come of her ap­peal was a win for her, for other club mem­bers and for jus­tice.

“It has been a win for me to get my mem­ber­ship re­turned,” she said.

“How­ever I feel for the mem­ber­ship as a whole, be­cause we have lost so many good mem­bers – over the con­duct of the man­age­ment com­mit­tee – who will never re­turn.”

For­mer club pres­i­dent Roy Pid­geon said all de­ci­sions were taken by the club’s man­age­ment com­mit­tee, and he could not un­der­stand why they went af­ter one per­son.

Ms Gould said although her mem­ber­ship had been re­turned to her, it had been a very vin­dic­tive mat­ter and one she wished had never hap­pened.

“It is sup­posed to be a so­cial club,” she said.

Ms Gould said she felt no awk­ward­ness in vis­it­ing the club now.

“I’ve been in there once,” she said.

“The mem­bers were very pleased to see me,” she said.

“The mem­bers were won­der­ing what I’d al­legedly done.

“Those al­le­ga­tions were never made known to me.”

Club pres­i­dent Graham Walker de­clined to com­ment yesterday.

Ms Gould said she had a good rap­port with the club’s staff and mem­bers.

“The staff had been told to pre­vent me en­ter­ing the club,” she said.

“This is the 96th year of the club’s history, and it’s a very sad day when ac­tion is taken against any mem­ber of the club who vol­un­teered there.”

In sub­mis­sions made to Jus­tice McMeekin, Ms Gould said the man­age­ment com­mit­tee had banned her from en­ter­ing the club.

She said she was the only per­son in the Isis dis­trict who had been so banned or had their mem­ber­ship ter­mi­nated.

She said her rep­u­ta­tion pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally had been ad­versely af­fected with an im­pact on her abil­ity to find work in the dis­trict.

Jus­tice McMeekin or­dered the club to pay Ms Gould’s costs of $141.70.

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