In his play The Club, David Williamson presents numerous
Australian attitudes of the 1970s. However, many of these attitudes are
still relevant and fairly accurate representations of Australian attitudes
in the 1990s, although some of course have changed somewhat over the time
since the play was written nearly twenty years ago. Tradition plays a
very important part in The Club. Each of the characters of course has his
own ideas and attitudes towards tradition, but there are some which are
more or less universal throughout the play. In The Club, tradition is
mainly presented as the opposite to progress and success; that is, to
achieve success in today's world, tradition must be abandoned. For
example, Laurie (the coach) blames an old Club tradition for his failure
to win a premiership, "You and your cronies wouldn't let me buy players."
Jock (the vice-president) replies, "We were upholding an old tradition.
It was wrong, but we believed in it." Then in the next line, Laurie
accuses Jock of supporting the rest of the committee in upholding the
tradition not because he believed in it himself, but because he didn't
want Laurie to succeed, "They might have believed in it but the reason why
After Kennybegs Rob to call in police from another station, the removalist says, "Youmust be mad. Even the Australian OlympicTeam has received massive financial backing from sponsors, something whichis accepted and considered to be good by most people. Kenny realises that Simmonds isgoing to bash him further when Rob, Fiona, and Kate have left, "Thatsergeant's gonna beat the shit outa me. However, the play does make the point that althoughdomestic violence is considered unacceptable by most of society, it isstill occurring, and little is being done to stop it. " Other characters,like Jock and Gerry, lack loyalty to other people but are loyal to theClub as a whole. Although most men claim theywould never hit a woman and are disgusted at those who do, the rate ofdomestic violence shows that not enough is being done to change trueattitudes towards violence against women. Competitiveness is also an important attitude in the play -- one which isshared by all the characters, to at least some extent. Another,perhaps even more important issue explored in The Removalists is that ofpolice corruption. However,Gerry (the administrator) and Jock's plans for next year not only includethe dropping of some Club traditions, but also extensive commercialisationas wealthy entrepreneurs are recruited for sponsorship money which will beused to buy more players. Some of the characters, like Danny, arefiercely loyal to others; for example Danny threatens a players' strike ifLaurie is forced to resign, "If that bloody committee of yours givesLaurie the boot tonight, then we don't play tomorrow. For example when trying to avert a players' strike, Jockclaims that former Club heroes would be disgusted by the idea, "I want toturn all those photographs around so they don't have to look down on thisshameful scene. The audience is left wondering how a society canexpect law and order when those whose job it is to enforce the law breakit themselves on a regular basis. For example, all of the characters in The Club exceptTed are of the belief that it is unacceptable for a man to commit acts ofphysical violence against a woman. For example, Gerry is able to skilfullymanipulate the other characters so he can accomplish his own hiddenagenda. He explains to Ross early on that, "Something doesn't have to bevery big before it's too big for us and likewise something doesn't have tobe all that small before it's not worth worrying about," therefore theworkload at their particular police station is quite low.