The complainant was an Aboriginal woman who lives in rural NSW. When she and her partner visited the local club, they had a physical altercation in which the complainant assaulted her partner.
The club banned the complainant for 10 years, which meant she would not be able to return until 2024. She made a complaint of race discrimination to the Board, arguing that a non-aboriginal person who was involved in a similar assault was only given six months suspension. She said that this was not in accordance with the club’s policy, which specifies a 12-month suspension for a first assault offence.
The Board wrote to the club asking for their response to the complaint, including why the penalty imposed on the complainant was not in accordance with their suspension policy. The club advised the Board they had reviewed the complainant’s penalty and reduced her suspension to 12 months. They also offered the complainant a written apology. The complainant accepted this outcome.
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