Treasurer Josh Frydenberg needs personal protection because he is Jewish, says Scott Morrison
Josh Frydenberg needs 24/7 protection from bigoted threats from his Jewish faith, Prime Minister reveals
- Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has been in need of a security detail for about two years
- He became the first treasurer to be assigned 24/7 AFP security
- Scott Morrison said it is still in place due to threats from his Jewish faith
Josh Frydenberg still needs 24/7 security due to threats against him because of his Jewish faith, Scott Morrison said Thursday.
The treasurer has been an Australian Federal Police officer for about two years after receiving racist threats during the first round of Covid lockdowns.
The Prime Minister revealed on Thursday that the detail is still in place as Mr Frydenberg continues to face threats due to his religion.
“It is a great shame that our country’s treasurer should be given strict personal protection, not because he is the treasurer, but because he is a Jew,” Mr Morrison told parliament as his religious freedom laws were introduced.
Josh Frydenberg (pictured at a Hanukkah party last year) needs 24/7 security due to threats against him because of his Jewish faith, Scott Morrison said Thursday
Mr Frydenberg, who was born to Jewish parents in Melbourne, has previously warned that “anti-Semitism is on the rise, not just here but around the world.”
Earlier this month he criticized protesters from Melbourne who Photoshopped images of Prime Minister Daniel Andrews wearing a Nazi uniform.
Mr Frydenberg – the first treasurer to require 24-hour security – shared a photo of the placards on his Twitter feed, describing them as “offensive and wrong”.
“I disagree with Daniel Andrews Pandemic Bill. It went too far and was rightly condemned. But placards featuring the prime minister in Nazi uniform are insulting and wrong,” he wrote.
‘It shows a lack of understanding of history. It feeds hate. It is dangerous and has no place in the public debate.’
Mr Frydenberg, who was born in Melbourne to Jewish parents, shared a photo (above) of the placards on his Twitter feed, describing them as “offensive and wrong”
In 2015, Mr. Frydenberg visited Auschwitz (pictured), the main Nazi concentration camp where 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered
Mr Frydenberg, who became Federal Treasurer in 2018, has spoken of the loss of 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 has lost great-grandparents and great-aunts, but they were also lucky enough to have a great-aunt, Mary Frydenberg, to survive.
“Every day she lived was a miracle, but it was with its own history and scars. And it had her own number tattooed on her arm from her time in Auschwitz.’
Mr Frydenberg’s mother arrived in Australia in 1950 after being declared stateless in Hungary, where she was born. His father’s family came from Poland in the 1930s.
In 2015, he visited Auschwitz, the main Nazi concentration camp where 1.1 million men, women and children were murdered.
The treasurer described the visit as “one of the most moving experiences of my life.”
Home Secretary Karen Andrews announced the government’s intention on Wednesday to designate a neo-Nazi group called The Base as a terrorist organization.
Ms Andrews described The Base as a “racist neo-Nazi group known to security forces as planning attacks”.
Hundreds marched through Melbourne on Saturday to protest proposed laws that would give the prime minister sweeping powers to manage pandemics