Victoria election: Dan Andrews under fire amid neo-Nazi slur as Jewish community slams politicians

Author: Yuvi November 21, 2022


Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews and his deputy have come under heavy fire after they accused their Liberal rivals of preferring ‘Nazis’ days out from the state election.

The final week of the election campaign turned nasty at the weekend with an independent MP using an Army slang term to series of incidents as Labor tries to convince voters to give them a third consecutive term.

Both Premier Andrews and his deputy Jacinta Allan accused the opposition of preferring Nazis and extremists on their group party ticket.

Their claims sparked outrage in the Jewish community as Anti Defamation Commission chair Dvir Abramovich called for clear evidence neo-Nazis were running in Saturday’s election.

‘If there are Neo-Nazis running for this election, I want to know who they are,’ Dr Abramovich told reporters on Monday.

Deputy Premier Jacinta Allan (centre) with Premier Dan Andrews

‘The public needs to know who they are. They are a threat to our way of life.

Federal Labor MP Josh Burns, who holds the seat of Macnamara in Melbourne, blasted the Victorian Liberals and its leader Matthew Guy on Monday, accusing it of ‘preferring a neo-Nazi’.

Labor has preferred Liberals candidate Annette Samuels over Mr Baker-Pearce on its own how to vote card for its Narre Warren South candidate Gary Maas.

Alongside the tweet, Mr Burns shared screenshots of independent candidate Tylere Baker-Pearce, who is vying for the seat of Narre Warren South, smiling outside the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.

‘Matthew Guy, preferring neo-Nazis over Labour. Just horrifying,’ Mr Burns tweeted.

The Labor MP also shared a handful of tweets Baker-Pearce had written about Jewish people.

Labor accused the opposition coalition of preferring Nazis and extremists on its how to vote card in the seat of Narre Warren South

Labor accused the opposition coalition of preferring Nazis and extremists on its how to vote card in the seat of Narre Warren South

It comes after Labor preferred the Liberals over independent candidate Tylere Baker-Pearce.

It comes after Labor preferred the Liberals over independent candidate Tylere Baker-Pearce.

The furore comes as Deputy Liberal Leader David Southwick slammed Mr Andrews and Labor for their use of the term Nazi to describe some candidates running for parliament.

Mr Southwick said it was ‘completely inappropriate and desperate’ of the government to use the term Nazi and if there were candidates running with those views, then they should be named.

‘To come out and use the term Nazi so loosely, is completely inappropriate. It’s desperate and it needs to stop,’ he told reporters on Monday.

‘Enough is enough.’

Mr Southwick said the coalition did not want to see people with extremist views in parliament but the party had to prefer Labor last in order to increase its chances of winning government.

‘We don’t have much choice in terms of who we’re preferring … we’ve tried to put the government last because at the end of the day they’re our opposition,’ he said.

Anti Defamation Commission chair Dvir Abramovich called on the government to name the Nazi candidates and refrain from using Holocaust references during the election debate.

‘I have repeatedly spoken out against the marshalling of the Holocaust for political aims and have said that there is no excuse for public figures to play the Nazi card and to use this supercharged term as a blunt tool to score political points,’ he said in a statement.

‘When will our elected representatives understand that throwing such terms as “Nazis” is simply unacceptable and belittles the indescribable atrocities carried out on an industrial, monstrous scale in Nazi Germany and across Europe during WWII?

‘If there are candidates in this election that possess Hitler’s genocidal objectives, or are espousing antisemitic views, or are advocating the deliberate, industrialized liquidation of the Jewish community and other minorities they should be named and called out.’

Tylere Baker-Pearce's Twitter includes a smiling selfie outside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland

Tylere Baker-Pearce’s Twitter includes a smiling selfie outside the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland

Mr Abramovich said he would stand ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the government and opposition to make sure neo-Nazis and white supremacists are never elected to government.

‘But, more broadly, Holocaust comparisons are never valid, cheapen and drain this unparalleled event of its true horrors, and distort young people’s understanding of this inhuman period,’ he said.

‘The victims, the survivors and the diggers who lost their lives to defeat this evil regime deserve better.

‘Employing Holocaust terms coarsens our political discourse that demands civility and I call on all politicians to refrain from employing such trivialisations in the future.

‘Our language is powerful enough to discuss policy differences and it is time to retire and bury, once and for all, the improper Nazi references.’

21 November, 2022, 10:49 am

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