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AustraliaFederal election 2019: Labor's Melbourne candidate Luke Creasey withdraws after rape jokes, lewd comments emerged

07:30  03 may  2019
07:30  03 may  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Labor ' s candidate for the seat of Melbourne , Luke Creasey , has withdrawn after social media posts came to light that showed him engaging in inappropriate jokes about rape , lesbians and Catholics. Key points: Luke Creasey has quit the party after more lewd comments he made on social media

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Labor's candidate for the seat of Melbourne, Luke Creasey, has withdrawn after social media posts came to light that showed him engaging in inappropriate jokes about rape, lesbians and Catholics.

Mr Creasey, 29, had been forced to apologise earlier this week after it was revealed he had made a rape joke on social media.

Further questionable posts have since been uncovered by the Herald Sun, including jokes Mr Creasey made about lesbians and Catholics.

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Creasey , the candidate for Melbourne , resigns over comments about women, hours after Whelan Secret strip-club videos and lewd posts: Australia’ s fallen election candidates . A few hours later the Labor candidate for the seat of Melbourne , Luke Creasey , resigned over Facebook posts in 2012

Labor candidate Luke Creasey for the federal seat of Melbourne has apologised for sharing a rape joke and pornographic material on social media. Labor candidate apologises for rape joke as PM calls for better vetting. Luke Creasey (left) and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.

Federal election 2019: Labor's Melbourne candidate Luke Creasey withdraws after rape jokes, lewd comments emerged © ABC News/Nick Haggarty Bill Shorten with Luke Creasey (right, behind) at a Labor campaign event in Melbourne. In a statement released by the Labor Party, Mr Creasey said the comments did not reflect his views today but that his actions were "an important lesson for young people that your social media footprint will follow you".

"It is clear the right thing for me to do is stand down," the statement said.

"While I made those awful comments many years ago and they in no way reflect the views I hold today, I understand, especially as a member of the LGBTIQ community, that we need to be careful about what we share or like on social media."

Less than an hour before Mr Creasey quit, Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said the Labor Party was investigating the candidate's online history.

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Another Labor candidate , Luke Creasey , withdrew after social media posts came to light which showed him engaging in inappropriate jokes about rape , lesbians and Catholics. The Greens dropped their candidate for the Melbourne seat of Lalor yesterday over distasteful posts on Facebook, in

Mr Shorten earlier defended Mr Creasey, arguing the circumstances were different to anti-Muslim posts made by Liberal candidates.

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