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Australia Queensland LNP leader apologises, admits schoolies video was racist

13:00  04 december  2019
13:00  04 december  2019 Source:   brisbanetimes.com.au

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Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington has apologised for a staged schoolies video featuring three Gold Coast Young LNP members, almost 48 hours after the footage was posted online.

Ms Frecklington also admitted the video was racist, describing it as "unacceptable" and "inappropriate" during a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

The video features schoolies at Surfers Paradise being asked a series of questions including: "The Australian national anthem and the Australian national flag, what do you reckon? Is it something that you like? Keep it or ditch it?"

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The Queensland Liberal National Party is slated to suspend the chairman of the Gold Coast Young LNP after a video denigrating Indigenous Australians SYN Media reports the video shows Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain interviewing schoolies on the Sunshine Coast, including one

In the video, one "schoolie" responds: "We’ve got to stop celebrating a culture [referring to Indigenous people] that couldn’t even invent the bloody wheel, for God's sake. We’ve got to start enjoying and living in Western culture."

The Opposition Leader said the reason for the delay in apologising to Indigenous Australians was because it was the first opportunity she had had to front the media in Brisbane.

Deb Frecklington MP et al. smiling and posing for the camera: Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington with suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain, who featured in the video.© Queensland Labor - Twitter Queensland LNP leader Deb Frecklington with suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain, who featured in the video. She held a press conference on Tuesday, but it was in Hervey Bay on the Fraser Coast, and she responded to every video-related question with the same line: "It is inappropriate and the party is taking action."

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The interviewed ' schoolie ', who is actually a young LNP supporter, said Indigenous culture should no longer be Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain (right) laughs along with a racist slur by a Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington was asked a half dozen times by reporters about her personal

Gold Coast Young LNP today released a video of vox pop interviews at Schoolies . It's now taken down. Queensland Labor’s Indigenous environment minister, Leeanne Enoch, said the opposition leader must call out racist elements in her party.

Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain and vice-chair Patrick Riches, who were filmed asking questions in the video, had their membership suspended on Tuesday afternoon, pending an LNP Disputes Committee inquiry.

The "schoolie" who gave the "bloody wheel" response, Young LNP supporter Jake Scott, was also suspended.

Facing a barrage of questions on Wednesday afternoon, Ms Frecklington turned the tables on Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who had demanded a full apology from the LNP earlier in the day.

"I'm not going to be lectured by a Premier whose record stands for itself," Ms Frecklington said.

"Annastacia Palaszczuk has never apologised for Michael Daley's racist slur, never apologised for Paul Pisasale who is in jail and never apologised for Dave Hanna, who is in jail for raping women."

"Annastacia Palaszczuk has never apologised for one of her own colleagues, Peter Russo, who did a sexist slur against a female colleague, and she has never apologised to the thousands of flood victims who actually were affected so horrifically while she was a minster of the Bligh cabinet."

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  Young LNP leader faces racism backlash A Young LNP leader on the Gold Coast has been accused of endorsing calls to stop celebrating indigenous culture because 'they couldn't invent the wheel'.Indigenous Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch says opposition must condemn young LNP members over "disturbing" and racist comments about Australian Aboriginal culture.

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Young Liberals come under fire for publishing a racist Schoolies interview about Aboriginal culture A young man at Schoolies criticised Aboriginal culture in interview Gold Coast Young Liberals chairman Barclay McGain conducts the interview The Gold Coast Young LNP has deleted their Facebook page in response to the controversy

a person standing posing for the camera: Suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain (left) and suspended vice-chair Patrick Riches (right).© Facebook Suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain (left) and suspended vice-chair Patrick Riches (right).

Ms Frecklington said the party process was being followed in dealing with the trio.

"I do think it is incumbent upon leaders to not inflame situations such as this," she said.

"Let’s all remember, we have got these three young people who I am quite sure this will affect the rest of their lives and I am also quite sure that they have learnt their lesson."

a man and a woman taking a selfie: Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain (right) laughs along with a racist slur by a © Facebook Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain (right) laughs along with a racist slur by a "schoolie", Jake Scott (left).

Mr McGain deleted his YouTube channel overnight, which had featured videos of him impersonating US President Donald Trump, including a 2018 clip filmed at the Great Wall of China.

"This is not the greatest wall but it's a great wall ... We're going to build the greatest wall. It is going to be to keep out the Mexicans, not the Mongolians, or the chikedy chongs, not Genghis Khan bing bong, bing bong," he said in the video.

Hundreds of comments have also been posted on Mr McGain's Facebook account, criticising his behaviour in the footage.

Mr McGain had put himself forward to become a UQ student union councillor in October, but several student union factions posted on social media on Tuesday calling for him to back away.

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