Josh Frydenberg needs 24/7 protection because of bigoted threats due to his Jewish faith, PM reveals
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has needed a security detail for about two years
- He became the first Treasurer to be assigned 24/7 AFP close protection
- Scott Morrison said it’s still in place because of threats due to his Jewish faith
Josh Frydenberg still needs 24/7 security protection because of threats against him due to his Jewish faith, Scott Morrison said on Thursday.
The Treasurer has had an Australian Federal Police detail for about two years after receiving racist threats during the first round of Covid lockdowns.
The Prime Minister on Thursday revealed the detail is still in place because Mr Frydenberg continues to face threats due to his religion.
‘It is a great shame that the Treasurer of our country has to be offered close personal protection, not because he’s the Treasurer but because he’s a Jew,’ Mr Morrison told Parliament when introducing his religious freedom laws.
Josh Frydenberg (pictured at a Hanukkah celebration last year) needs 24/7 security protection because of threats against him due to his Jewish faith, Scott Morrison said on Thursday
Mr Frydenberg, who was born in Melbourne to Jewish parents, has previously warned ‘antisemitism is on the rise, not just here but around the world.’
Earlier this month he was critical of Melbourne demonstrators who held photoshopped images showing Premier Daniel Andrews wearing a Nazi uniform.
Mr Frydenberg – who is the first Treasurer to need round the clock security – shared a picture of the placards on his Twitter feed and described them as ‘offensive and wrong’.
‘I don’t agree with Daniel Andrews Pandemic Bill. It’s overreach & has rightly been condemned. But placards depicting the Premier in Nazi uniform is offensive & wrong,’ he wrote.
‘It shows a lack of understanding of history. It fuels hatred. It’s dangerous & has no place in public debate.’
Mr Frydenberg, who was born in Melbourne to Jewish parents, shared a picture (above) of the placards on his Twitter feed and described them as ‘offensive and wrong’
In 2015 Mr Frydenberg visited Auschwitz (pictured), the main Nazi concentration camp where 1.1million men, women and children were killed
Mr Frydenberg, who became Federal Treasurer in 2018, has spoken about losing his ancestors in the Holocaust which killed six million Jews during World War II.
On International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January, he said: ‘The Frydenberg family lost great-grandparents and great-aunts but were also fortunate to have a great-aunt, Mary Frydenberg, survive.
‘Every day she lived was a miracle, but it was with her own history and scars. And it was with her own number tattooed onto her arm from her time in Auschwitz.’
Mr Frydenberg’s mother arrived in Australia in 1950 after being rendered stateless in Hungary where she was born. His father’s family arrived from Poland in the 1930s.
In 2015 he visited Auschwitz, the main Nazi concentration camp where 1.1million men, women and children were killed.
The Treasurer described the visit as ‘one of the most moving experiences of my life’.
On Wednesday Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews announced the Government’s intention to designate a Neo-Nazi group called The Base as a terrorist organisation.
Ms Andrews described The Base as a ‘racist Neo-Nazi group known by security agencies to be planning attacks’.
Hundreds marched through Melbourne on Saturday to protest against proposed laws that would give the premier sweeping powers to manage pandemics