Josh Frydenberg election signs defaced with Nazi symbols

“It’s disgusting to be honest,” he told Nine News Melbourne. “We should have respect for one another, respect that people can have different ideologies and different beliefs.”

Mr Frydenberg said he believed the vandalism was organised.

“There have been many posters of mine that have been defaced and no doubt some of my political opponents as well,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

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“But it does seem quite organised, and it is repeated, and it’s very unfortunate.”

It is not the first time Mr Frydenberg’s electoral signs have been defaced with anti-Semitic imagery.

In 2019, Hitler moustaches, devil horns and the words “right-wing fascist” appeared on posters in his electorate in Kooyong. A number of posters were also defaced in Hawthorn.

At the time, Mr Frydenberg tweeted his abhorrence of the “cowardly and criminal act” saying the incident was “about a broader and disturbing trend in society of anti-Semitism and intolerance”.

Mr Frydenberg said the use of anti-Semitic symbols was “insensitive and dangerous” and posed a threat to the community that would not be tolerated.

“The rise of these sorts of views is dangerous and we need to remember what transpired in the Second World War and in particular the Holocaust,” he said.

“People who actually deface the boards with these swastikas should be ashamed of themselves and they are probably completely ignorant about that painful chapter in world history.”

Signage for Mr Frydenberg’s opponent in Kooyong, independent candidate Monique Ryan, was also recently defaced with a swastika.

Dr Ryan shared an image of the poster on social media on Saturday alongside the caption: “There’s no place for hatred in politics. The odd black tooth, sure…but not hatred”.

Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dvir Abramovich told Nine News Melbourne that the graffiti constituted a hate crime and a “direct attack on our democracy and our values”.

In February, an election poster of Victorian federal member for Macnamara, Josh Burns, was also vandalized with the Nazi symbol and Hitler mustache.

“There’s no place for the swastika in Australia,” Mr Burns tweeted alongside an image of the poster at the time.

“I’m not putting this up for sympathy – to be honest, I’ve got thicker skin than that. But I’m putting this graffiti up as a reminder that there are some lines that shouldn’t be crossed.”

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