Supreme Court rejects Isis Club decision to expel
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.