MP’s son posts controversial memes and photos to Facebook
THE son of Bundaberg's MP has posted inflammatory and potentially offensive material to Facebook.
Alexander Donaldson, the 25-year-old son of Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson, updated his Facebook cover photo recently with an image of an astronaut on the moon, but he was holding a knife and an ISIS flag in place of where you would normally see the American flag.
On the same day he also changed his profile photo to an image of the smoking World Trade Centre, hit by terrorists in a jumbo jet, with his face digitally altered to look stereo-typically Arab with a speech bubble containing the words "Allah Akbah".
A search of Mr Donaldson's Facebook page showed that he has had no problems posting controversial memes and photos.
He also follows a page called UnexpectedJihad, which brands itself as a parody and not meant to be offensive, and features videos, photos and memes making fun of jihadis.
Mr Donaldson said he believed his Facebook page was private and said if he had known it was public he wouldn't have posted the images he did.
"At the end of the day it was a joke at the time between friends," he told the NewsMail.
Mr Donaldson said the posts were not indicative of his beliefs.
"Everyone's equal, I don't hold any one above anyone else," he said.
Mr Donaldson said he could understand why people may have a problem with what he had posted.
"Anyone who says they haven't posted something that someone has found offensive, well I don't believe that."
Mr Donaldson said his posts should not reflect on his MP mother.
"It is in no way, shape or form does it have anything to do with my mum," he said.
Mr Donaldson said if it were really an issue, it would have been brought up during the election campaign, although the posts were only made in May.
"Someone is bored - they just want to kick some dirt on someone," he said.
"I don't feel she (Ms Donaldson) should be held responsible or liable for a post I made.
"I thought only my friends could see what I post.
"She shouldn't be impacted."
Mr Donaldson removed the two posts after being contacted by the NewsMail. By late afternoon the Facebook page had been removed altogether.
Ms Donaldson, who is a Facebook friend of her son, was surprised to hear the kinds of posts that were being made to her son's Facebook page.
"I don't look at his Facebook page, so I can't really comment," Ms Donaldson said.
"He's not in the public life. He is a private citizen, entitled to a private life.
"He is not in politics, I am."
She later added: "I am horrified and I've counselled my son".
The NewsMail contacted the Premier's office for comment but they did not respond, except to question why the issue was considered news.
The NewsMail believes it is in the public interest for people to debate questionable internet behaviour from the son of one of our leading politicians.
Labor Party state secretary Evan Moorhead said the posts were inappropriate and insensitive.
"I understand that they have been removed," Mr Moorhead said.