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Bundy MP deletes meme mentioning terrorists

This meme was posted to Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson's official Facebook page.
This meme was posted to Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson's official Facebook page.

FIRST her son hit the headlines for controversial social media comments about terrorism, now Member for Bundaberg Leanne Donaldson has deleted one of her own Facebook posts.

Alexander Donaldson, 25, had to defend himself for digitally altering a photo by putting his face, looking like an Arab man yelling "Allah Akbah" on an image of the US Twin Towers burning.

But he's not the only one in the family to have posted about terrorism.

It was pointed out to the paper this week that in July last year, before she was elected, but posted to what is now her official Member for Bundaberg Facebook page, there was a meme about sheep being kept behind barb wire to keep the terrorists out.

She also posted to her Facebook page in 2013, two days after her defeat in her run for the seat of Hinkler, a strange quote: "Like an uncle you want to punch in the face at Christmas".

Ms Donaldson has rejected the idea of the posts being inappropriate, but deleted the meme after her office was contacted about it.

"The (meme) is a comment on the current debate on national security," she said in a statement.

In reference to the punch in the face comment, she said: "(it) is a quote from a Paul Keating speech that is more than a decade old."

Ms Donaldson said she engaged with the community in a polite and respectful way.

"I think it is important as a local member to actively engage with my electorate on social media platforms," she said.

"I am passionate about my community and my focus is on community consultation I am holding next week," she said in relation to a DV Roundtable she is hosting on Tuesday.

Ms Donaldson did not respond directly to the question of if it was appropriate for an MP to host discussions about family and domestic violence when they themselves had posted to Facebook about punching someone in the face.

The NewsMail contacted Labor State Secretary Evan Moorhead to ask what social media vetting and training was given to Labor MPs, especially first time MPs.

He was also asked if he felt the posts were inappropriate.

He responded instead with a statement that said Labor encouraged social media engagement with local communities on current political debates.

"Social media provides a great opportunity for residents to have direct interactions with their Labor representatives," he said.

"We expect these interactions to be polite and respectful."

Topics:  bundaberg, editors picks, facebook, leanne donaldson



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