Frydenberg posters defaced again

May 5, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Prime Minister Scott Morrison had denounced the vandalising of Treasurer Josh Frydenberg’s election posters stating “this is about crimes and hate.”

The posters were vandalised in Josh Frydenberg’s electorate of Kooyong.

Prime Minister Morrison told media “this should have no place in our elections, absolutely no place.”

A Hitler moustache was daubed on the Treasurer’s face and a swastika and a ‘$’ were drawn on his shirt collar.

Josh Frydenberg released a statement saying: “This latest act of vandalism in Kooyong Nazi symbols on a billboard of mine is an insult to every victim of the Holocaust and Australian servicemen and women who fought against the Nazi tyranny.

To think that this cowardly and criminal act was committed just days after Holocaust Remembrance Day shows how ignorant the perpetrators are if the horrors of history.

This incident is not about me or my campaign but about a broader and disturbing trend in society of antisemitism and intolerance.

Mutual respect is at the heart of a good society and let’s debate ideas and people’s words and records but let’s not as a community  accept for one minute accept this ty[pe of behaviour or attitude.”

Chairman of the Anti-Defamation Commission Dvir Abramovich told J-Wire: “This escalating virus of antisemitism has to stop. We deplore these ugly actions for what they are: a repulsive and hateful assault on our democratic system and on our core principles. It shocks the conscience to think that in a week in which we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day and the millions of victims murdered at the hands of the Nazis, that members of the Jewish community are still victimised and harassed in such a way.

It is also a profound insult to the memory of those brave Australian soldiers who sacrificed their lives to defeat the Nazis. The effect of such vandalism in to intimidate and frighten, and is a painful reminder that antisemitism is alive and well.  We stand firmly with Josh Frydenberg during this difficult time and trust that those who carried out this crime are identified and are brought to justice. We call on all religious and political leaders to strongly denounce this outrageous attacks against our elected representatives, and to declare in one voice that such reprehensible conduct will never be tolerated in our nation.”

Other posters promoting another Melbourne MP were similarly defaced.

Posters promoting Josh Frydenberg was defaced at the beginning of April and fellow Liberal Julian Lesser experienced his being vandalised three weeks later in his seat of Berowra in Sydney.

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