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Are you getting Fresh with me?
It hasn't been a good week for Young Libs across university campuses in Victoria, as misogynistic rants
from members of the Melbourne University Liberal Club were revealed in The Sunday Age
and more questionable views
from a member at Swinburne were publicised on Monday. MULC seems to have disappeared off Facebook since Sunday, as have the members in question. The two members of MULC outed in The Age
don't seem to be daunted in their hope for a future in an office of some kind, as both are nominating to run in the University of Melbourne Student Union elections. Stefan Eracleous -- who, along with calling Germaine Greer a ''lying fucking cum guzzling slut", thought that "union member" was an insult -- is running for the role of welfare officer, while Charlie Cartney is running for the role of general secretary. Students voting in such elections usually struggle to find any information on candidates, but not this year.
As is customary at student union elections across the country, the factions at Melbourne have attempted to find labels for their tickets that don't have any associations with the parties behind them, but the Liberals at Melbourne don't seem to have tried very hard. They're running under the label "Fresh", a name that has been tainted since it was used
by members of the Liberal faction at the University of Queensland Union in 2012 as they changed electoral rules to ensure no one could run against them. We're told that the Liberals at Melbourne are also running two feeder tickets under the names "Smokers' Rights" and "Liberal".
As we move into September, student unions across the country will be electing new representatives to run protests like this
. If you've got any goss, drop us a line
Let them eat cake. Speaking of student unions, the National Union of Students and GetUp! are using the occasion of Education Minister Christopher Pyne’s birthday to draw attention to their campaign against his plan to de-regulate university fees. Pyne has taken the “Unhappy Birthday” campaign in good spirits: