A rising star of Queensland's Liberal National Party has been controversially suspended for pinching a pair of RM Williams boots, as tensions between the party's young Turks and old guard come to a head.
Ben Riley, president of the Young LNP (and campaigns director of the national Young Liberals), was suspended from the party for six months following the incident late on Friday night.
The venue was the LNP Convention at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. According to a party insider, speaking on condition of anonymity, Riley took a pair of RM Williams boots from a store set up at the convention. "He's joking around on Friday evening, he's put on a pair of boots, they're pretty much like clown shoes -- three sizes too big," the source said. Riley proceeded to wear them around and spilt beer on them.
The source said that on Saturday, Riley awoke filled with remorse and offered to pay for the boots, but the LNP executive decided to suspend him for six months (there was a push to expel him from the party altogether).
A pair of boots believed to be similar to the ones appropriated by Riley