Malcolm Turnbull Has Lunch At Gentleman-Only Athenaeum Club

'Membership of the Club is limited to gentlemen, by invitation only.'

12/05/2016 2:08 PM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:52 PM AEST
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Malcolm Turnbull has been spotted walking into a men's only club

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has taken time out of a busy campaigning day to have lunch at an exclusive Melbourne club whose membership is "limited to gentlemen".

The Athenaeum Club, on Collins Street, describes itself on its website as "one of Australia's oldest and finest clubs, confident in its heritage and traditions yet enlightened and contemporary in its outlook."

It is "a private social club for gentlemen of good character, attainment or promise. Its members are drawn from the fields of science, business, literature, the arts, learned professions or the public service."

After a morning on the hustings, the PM arrived at the club around 1pm. His entrance was captured by The Age's reporter Richard Willingham.

The Huffington Post Australia has submitted questions to the Coalition's campaign headquarters about Turnbull's visit to the club, and why he decided to visit a men's only establishment.

The visit comes after the PM addressed a Business Women and Working Mothers Forum in Sydney on Wednesday, and not long after he was confronted on the street by a woman named Melinda who claimed his policies were hurting families.

"The cost of schooling is going up, and up, and up, and we're not getting any more money. Now you're taking the family tax benefits away. It's not just single mums you're hurting," she said.

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