THE BAXTER TAVERN
The Baxter Tavern (hotel) is on the Mornington Peninsular in Victoria.
Motorbike colours and logos are banned.
326,000 Victorians are licenced to ride motorcycles & scooters.
Then there's the interstate and international tourers.
Riders come from both genders, all walks of life and all age groups.
From all accounts, even a bike funeral party was told to leave their
jackets and hats outside the Baxter Tavern this week. These people
are welcomed at pubs and RSLs all over the Peninsula.
If the Baxter Tavern did this to people wearing religeous garb,
footy colours, military uniforms or whatever, there would be an
This pub's dress code plainly discriminates against an entire segment
of our society because of their choice of transport and dress.
Businesses like the Baxter Tavern put signs up inviting the public in
to spend their money. www.baxtertavern.com.au says.
"Our public bar is the place to enjoy a quick meal and a drink or two
with your mates."
And of the Bistro.
"Come in and enjoy the great atmosphere with our open fireplaces,
sensational food and friendly staff and service 7 days a week."
Nothing there about motorcycle & scooter riders being banned.
You don't get the ugly truth till you arrive and see the sign on the door.
I bet the people at the Baxter Tavern don't mind bikies when they are
driving CFA trucks to protect them against fires, when they are
getting out of an ambulance to save a life or when they are setting up
their mortgage at a bank.
If riders are as clean, neat and well-behaved as other patrons, I
don't believe the Baxter Tavern has the right to ban people
with this type of dress code. It is obvious discrimination. Even
if it is within the letter of the law, this is morally wrong.
Damien Codognotto OAM
Independent Riders' Group