‘Pathetic effort’: Calls ramp up for LNP leader to apologise over racist video

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington is now under fire, over a ‘wishy washy’ response to a racist video posted by members of the young LNP earlier this week.

The video shows Gold Coast Young LNP chairman Barclay McGain smiling at a racist comment made by a schoolie during an interview in Surfers Paradise.

The schoolie who made the comment is also believed to be a member of the Young LNP.


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The video was published on the Gold Coast Young LNP Facebook page on Monday night and quickly taken down, though not before it sparked outrage. 

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington addressed the video with reporters yesterday, repeating multiple times: ‘this is inappropriate and the party is taking action’.

This morning, senior politicians are furious that Ms Frecklington still hasn’t made a formal apology, more than 24 hours after the video was posted.

Labor Senator Murray Watt told myGC that Ms Frecklington needs to take a stand if she ever hopes to become a Premier.

“We expect people who want to be the Premier of a state to demonstrate that they can take firm leadership when issues arise… and Deb Frecklington’s wishy-washy response to this yesterday just shows she’s not up to the job of leading the state.

“You need someone who can take a stand on issues, whether it’s about these sort of things or about economic progress.

“I thought it was a pretty pathetic effort from her yesterday, and just shows why she’s not ready to be the Premier,” Senator Watt told myGC.

The Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch has now come forward, backing calls for a formal apology as well.

“She might be Campbell Newman’s apprentice but her party offended Australia’s First Nations peoples, and that deserves an unreserved apology.

“She needs to have the personal conviction to apologise on behalf of the party she leads.

“The Premier was right when she called for an apology yesterday.

“The Opposition Leader needs to apologise on behalf of the LNP.

“She needs to stand up today and do what she failed to do yesterday,” Ms Enoch said.

The three members of the Gold Coast branch of the Young LNP have been suspended.

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