The Canberra Times has a piece on the RSL Club in Civic (somewhat distinct from the RSL which looks after returned soldiers, but it’s a line both sides have deliberately blurred over the years) running itself into the ground and selling out to the Hellenic Club.
It’s a little sad for the old boys who argue the toss on veteran’s pensions and will have to either start paying rent somewhere or work from home.
But for mine it raises a bigger question of why these mega “clubs”, who are also major political donors, are being allowed to roam the landscape becoming ever larger entities, ever less accountable to their members.
(When was the last time you were invited to the Annual General Meeting of a club which you are supposedly a member of? I’m still waiting.)
Between the Hellenic Club and the pacman-like Southern Cross Club, they’ve just become corporations with a gambling licence.
Is it time to clean up the clubs, set maximum sizes on them, and give them back to their members?
And does anyone in this town have the courage for it?