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Obama a monkey, tweets Australian

Last Updated: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:39

Melbourne: A young member of an Australian party called US President Barack Obama "a monkey" on Twitter, leading to a demand for his expulsion from the party.

Nick Sowden, a member of the Queensland Young Liberal National Party, posted messages on Twitter on Thursday night while Obama was being interviewed by ABC`s Kerry O`Brien, a media report said.

His tweet said: "I`m not sure why they paid kerry to fly to america, if they wanted an interview with a monkey surely a Ferry to Taronga would have sufficed."

Another said: "If I wanted to see a monkey on TV id watch Wildlife Rescue."

Sowden, who is in his 20s, on Friday morning said the comments were a joke and he told Fairfax Radio: "I think the people who follow me know this ... and the people on Twitter don`t, unfortunately."

Scores of party members on Friday morning called on the party senior executive to dismiss Sowden, president Rod Schneider told

"He doesn`t speak for us, he doesn`t hold a role (with the party). My phone has been off the hook with Young Liberal National Party members. I`ve had 20 emails saying `this guy doesn`t represent us`."

"I think he`s got a very, very short shelf life. He`s got a list of indiscretions. In extenuating circumstances, we can move (expulsion) forward," Schneider was quoted as saying.

While confirming that Sowden was an ordinary member of the Liberal National Party, a spokesperson said it was likely he would face disciplinary proceedings.

"Australia is a free country, people can make comments. But it is up to other members of our party to determine how they believe members within our party should behave."


First Published: Friday, April 16, 2010 - 11:39

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