Josh Frydenberg condemns swastika graffiti in Melbourne

Josh Frydenberg has decried vandals targeting his election campaign signs after they were defaced with swastikas in Melbourne.

The Federal Treasuruer said his signs had been disproportionately targeted in the electorate of Kooyong, reiterating any reference to Nazism and anti-Semitism was “completely unacceptable.”

“I can only talk for what I’ve seen in my electorate and on one side of the road you can see my boards, which have been graffitied, defaced and vandalized in a despicable way,” Mr Frydenberg said.

Josh Frydenberg speaking in Melbourne today.
Josh Frydenberg speaking in Melbourne today. (9News)

“I’m not just talking about blacking out a tooth or dare I say, putting hair on my head or whatever the case may be.

“I’m talking about swastikas, I’m talking about Hitler mustaches, I’m talking about the language which is completely unacceptable.”

Other politicians have also been targeted by vandals.

Mr Frydenberg said he aimed to catch the perpetrators and hold them to account.

“We have engaged our own means of trying to catch these people with security controls,” he said.

“Because we do not want people who are vandalizing our signs to keep getting away with it.”

The treasurer was asked by reporters if he condemned all anti-Semitic references and “holocaust analogies”.

“It does not matter who’s making it, it could be Katherine Deves, I call it out.

“I say it’s unacceptable, I say enough is enough.”

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