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Thursday, 6 September 1984
Page: 561

Senator JONES —Has the Attorney-General's attention been drawn to the report in yesterday's Press that the Queensland Turf Club could be in breach of anti- discrimination law? It has been claimed that provisions in the rules of the Club introduced in 1981 allow women, as stated, non-effective membership of the Queensland Turf Club. Will the Attorney-General ascertain whether the claims made in the Press report are correct? If so, will he further investigate the rules of the Queensland Turf Club to clarify whether there is any breach under section 25 of the Federal legislation pertaining to anti-discrimination law?

Senator GARETH EVANS —I have seen the Press report to which the honourable senator refers. It is the case that under the Sex Discrimination Act certain licensed clubs which have discriminatory membership provisions as between men and women are subject to the provisions of that legislation. At this stage I am not in a position to judge whether there has been a breach of the law on the part of the Queensland Turf Club. I will, however, ensure that the Human Rights Commission, whose function it is to investigate complaints made in these matters , is apprised of the Press article in question, to the extent that it is not already aware of it. I will ask the Human Rights Commission to investigate the matter as requested by the honourable senator.