‘Stop celebrating a culture that didn’t invent the wheel’: Young Liberals come under fire for publishing a racist Schoolies interview about Aboriginal culture on Facebook
- A young man at Schoolies criticised Aboriginal culture in interview
- Gold Coast Young Liberals chairman Barclay McGain conducts the interview
- The footage has sparked outrage after being shared in social media this week
- The Gold Coast Young Liberals have deleted their Facebook page in response
Two senior members of the Young Liberals have been forced to delete their Facebook page after sharing a video of a Schoolie making racist comments about Aboriginal culture.
In the footage, Gold Coast Young Liberal National Party chairman Barclay McGain and vice-chairman Patrick Riches ask Schoolies in Surfers Paradise their views on political issues.
When Mr McGain asked a group of young men their thoughts on the Australian national anthem and flag, one of the Schoolies, LNP volunteer Jake Scott, goes on a rant about Aboriginals.
‘I’m fed up with having all these sports stars stand up on our stages and not sing the national anthem,’ he says.
‘They’re putting our Australian jumper on, they’re going to sing the anthem. We’ve got to stop celebrating a culture that couldn’t invent the bloody wheel for God sake.
‘We’ve got to start enjoying and living in western culture.’
Mr McGain then laughs at the comments.
In the footage Gold Coast Young LNP chairman Barclay McGain (left) and vice-chairman Patrick Riches (right) ask young people in Surfers Paradise their views on political issues
The Gold Coast Young LNP has deleted their Facebook page in response to the controversy, however, the footage is already being shared across social media.
Mr McGain and Mr Scott appear to be well known to each other as they appear in a number of pictures together on Facebook.
Multiple people have shared their disgust at the comments that were made.
‘Actually makes me sick that these people are ‘Australians’,’ one person wrote.
‘The racism is strong with this one,’ another said.
‘The amount of privilege and ignorance in this 24 sec video is staggering,’ wrote another.
Another pointed out that aboriginal people invented the boomerang, which demonstrates a complex understanding of the laws of aerodynamics.
Indigenous Environment Minister Leeanne Enoch called the footage ‘disturbing’.
The Gold Coast Young LNP has deleted their Facebook page in response to the controversy, however, the footage is already being shared across social media. Multiple people have shared their disgust at the comments that were made
A spokesman from the LNP told Daily Mail Australia they became aware of the post on the Gold Coast YLNP’s Facebook page on Monday afternoon.
‘The post was removed and the members involved will be subject to the LNP’s internal disciplinary process.
‘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.’
Mr McGain refused to comment when approached by Daily Mail Australia.