Opposition Leader Deb Frecklington apologises for 'racist' videos

 

LNP Leader Deb Frecklington has apologised for "racist" comments made and uploaded by three young party members in two online videos.

Ms Frecklington said she was disappointed some sections of the community had such outdated ideas.

"I've said they were racist, I've actually said they were inappropriate and I've said that I apologise for them," she said.

Jake Scott and Barclay McGain in the controversial video.
Jake Scott and Barclay McGain in the controversial video.

Asked whether she should have apologised yesterday, Ms Frecklington said she had been "measured and consistent" with her comments while Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk had "inflamed" the situation "more than necessary".

Deb Frecklington and suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain."Yesterday I said the comments were inappropriate, I said that the party will act and the party has acted ... they have suspended those three men," she said.

"I apologise for the comments and the party has acted," she said

She said she believed the young men had learned an important lesson and the fall out over their behaviour would stay with them.

"We've got these three young people who I am quite sure this will affect for the rest of their life," she said.

Deb Frecklington and suspended Gold Coast Young LNP chair Barclay McGain.

Young LNP member Jake Scott came under fire for saying, "I mean we've got to stop celebrating a culture that couldn't even invent the bloody wheel for god's sake."

Jake was being interviewed by Gold Coast's Young LNP chair Barclay McGain at Schoolies, who laughed at his comments.

Another video emerged later in the day of Mr McGain impersonating US President Donald Trump during a visit to the Great Wall of China.

"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.

Both Jake, Barclay and a third person understood to have been involved in the video's upload to Facebook were yesterday suspended from the party.



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