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Social media is ‘forever’: Liberal minister warns supporters

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A senior Victorian Liberal has warned that social media comments are “forever”, after another series offensive posts linked to party supporters.

Fairfax has reported a series of derogatory posts made on Facebook and Twitter by office-holding members of the Melbourne University Liberal Club.

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“I saw the article too but I don’t know the details of this … but I don’t think anyone supports those kinds of comments,” Victorian Health Minister David Davis told reporters on Sunday.

“I don’t think anyone wants to see comments that are untoward on social media.”

The derogatory posts were made by Melbourne University Liberal Club treasurer Stefan Eracleous, vice-president Charlie Cartney and other club members.

Peppered with offensive words, the posts refer to women as “sluts” and muslims as “degenerates”.

Mr Eracleous also attacked Australian feminist Germaine Greer and her beliefs.

Mr Davis pointed to comments made by US President Barack Obama in a 2009 speech to school students.

“I think Barack Obama had it right … you put that sort of stuff on social media and it will be there forever,” he said.

“People are well advised to think before they do that.”

Two Liberal candidates for the November state election have quit in the past two weeks after their offensive, racist and homophobic online comments also made headlines.