The Liberal National Party (LNP) says it will take disciplinary action against members of its Young LNP after a video was posted online showing one of its branch leaders smirking at a racist slur.
- The video has been deleted from the Young LNP Facebook page
- The LNP said all involved in the video would face “internal disciplinary” action
- State Labor Environment Minister Leanne Enoch said “swift action needs to be taken”
The video was published on the Gold Coast Young LNP Facebook page on Monday night has since been deleted.
It has drawn widespread criticism including scathing comments from senior members of the Queensland Government.
In the snippet, Gold Coast Young LNP chairman Barclay McGain begins by interviewing schoolies in the Surfers Paradise Mall about a range of issues including what they think of the Prime Minister and the national anthem.
“Australian national flag and national anthem, keep it or ditch it?,” he asks in the video.
He can then be seen laughing after one teenager’s comments about Indigenous cultures.
“Personally, I’m fed up with having all these sport stars stand out on our stages and not sing the national anthem,” the teenager said.
“They’re putting our Australian jumper on, they’re going to sing the anthem.
“I mean, we’ve got to stop celebrating a culture that couldn’t even invent the bloody wheel for God’s sake — we’ve got to start enjoying and living in western culture.”
The teenager who made the comment has previously campaigned for the LNP.
The LNP issued a statement this morning which said all involved in the video would face “internal disciplinary” action.
“The post was removed and the members involved will be subject to the LNP’s internal disciplinary process,” the statement said.
“All LNP members are expected to uphold the values of the party at all times.
“The Liberal National Party, as well as its predecessor parties, have proudly embraced the history and culture of Indigenous Australians, and advanced more than any other party Indigenous representation in the Australian Parliament.”
‘Disturbing on many levels’: Minister
State Labor Environment Minister Leanne Enoch, who is proud of her Quandamooka heritage said the video was “disturbing on many levels”.
“The Opposition leader needs to call out these statements for what they are and that’s racist,” she said.
“These kinds of views should not be allowed to simmer within any organisation.
“Swift action needs to be taken.
“I’ve called out this kind of behaviour from the LNP before and I’ll keep calling it out until it stops.”