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AustraliaGreens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS

13:40  09 march  2019
13:40  09 march  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Greens candidate Julian Burnside has sensationally quit an elite men - only social club he attended for 40 years just one day after he publicly Greens MP Julian Burnside has quit his membership to a men - only social club . The 69-year-old was a member at the Melbourne Savage Club for 40 years .

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Greens candidate Julian Burnside has sensationally quit an elite men-only social club he attended for 40 years just one day after he publicly declared he was a member.

Greens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Greens candidate Julian Burnside (pictured) has sensationally quit an elite men-only social club he attended for 40 years The barrister and refugee advocate abandoned his membership at the Melbourne Savage Club after he faced a barrage of backlash and was labelled a 'hypocrite'.

The Melbourne Savage Club is a self-proclaimed private gentlemen's club, founded in 1894.

According to its website it aims to bring together and provide a place for 'artists, intellectuals and business leaders to share ideas and enjoy good company'.

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The 69-year-old, who is in the running for the Kooyong, an inner Melbourne suburb, seat in the forthcoming Federal election, told Sky News on Friday he was a member of the club.

Mr Burnside admitted he had even been married in the club.

But when he was quizzed on whether or not he supported same-sex only clubs he said: 'You've got to leave that to people who might be members of them'.

Greens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The barrister and refugee advocate (pictured) abandoned his membership at the Melbourne Savage Club after he faced criticism

But he did note that he would 'like to see the Savage Club allow women as members'.

He added that he had fought for it internally but his efforts had been met with 'a lot of resistance'.

After the interview aired, ironically on International Women's Day, Liberal MP Tim Smith labelled him a 'complete hypocrite'.

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'This man has the morals of an alley cat,' he said.

'Burnside is nothing but a pompous, super rich, hypocrite,' Mr Smith added.

Greens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Melbourne Savage Club is a self-proclaimed private gentlemen's club, founded in 1894 (Entrance to the club pictured) Greens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Liberal MP Tim Smith (pictured) labelled Mr Burnside as a 'complete hypocrite' and said he had the morals of an 'alley cat'

Mr Burnside responded to Mr Smith's comments by quoting Gandhi.

'First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they attack you, then you win,' Mr Burnside wrote.

However, he was forced to backtrack and on Saturday and said same-sex only clubs were a 'relic of the past'.

Greens candidate and refugee activist Julian Burnside quits exclusive men-only 'savage club' after it's revealed he's been a member for 40 YEARS © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Mr Burnside (pictured) responded to Mr Smith's comments by quoting Gandhi in a social media post 'I joined the Savage Club 40 years ago as a very different person to the one I am today,' Mr Burnside said in a statement to The Sunday Morning Herald.

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'I've only been to the club a handful of times over the past few years so it hasn't been at the forefront of my mind, and so I'm glad to have been given an opportunity to think about this issue more seriously.

'Having done so and having listened to how my supporters feel about it, I've come to the conclusion that arguing for change from within as I have been is too slow, so I have taken the decision to resign my membership until the club welcomes all people,' he added.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Melbourne Savage Club for comment.


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