“Here’s the LNP Member for Whitsunday creeping on young, foreign tourists on ‘World Bikini Day’,” Trad wrote in a tweet.
“Which he surprisingly celebrates every year. Did you get a good look?” she added.
Here’s the LNP Member for Whitsunday creeping on young, foreign tourists on ‘World Bikini Day’.
Which he surprisingly celebrates every year.
— Jackie Trad (@jackietrad) July 6, 2018Advertisement
The politician used the hashtag #sleazey [sic] to describe Costigan in the tweet.
On Facebook, Trad added, “It’s 2018. He’s an elected official. He’s being paid by the taxpayer. And yesterday he was out ‘celebrating’ world bikini day by creeping on young, foreign tourists.”
The image in question was posted to Costigan’s Facebook page on Wednesday and shows the fully dressed politician with his arms around two female tourists in bikinis. He captioned the image, “Celebrating World Bikini Day in Airlie Beach:)”.
Many have echoed Trad’s sentiments, posting on Twitter their agreement.
That he actually posted that photo just says everything ????
— Jules ????????❤???? (@julsie75) July 6, 2018
Many others, however, have criticised Trad for the accusation.
Jackie Trad, you are a poor example of a woman. How dare you defame a fellow Politician and falsely accuse them of being sleazy while posting a photograph where it was just the angle when he moved his face from the camera lens. You are a poor example of a woman.
— Mellissah Smith (@marketingeyeaus) July 7, 2018
Deputy Premier, it is impossible for you to know what was in Mr. Costigans mind. You madam, are making assumptions not based on evidence. Poor form maam.
— Paul Cox (@cynicq) July 7, 2018
Until 2010, Jason Costigan was a rugby league commentator. He didn’t assume office until 2012.