As Treasurer of Australia from 2018 to 2022, Joshua Anthony Frydenberg (born July 17th, 1971) was an Australian politician. Since 2018, he has served as the Liberal Party’s deputy leader. He previously served as the MP for Kooyong from 2010 until 2022.
Former Rhodes Scholar Frydenberg worked as an advisor to Prime Minister John Howard and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer during the Howard government. Until he was elected to Parliament in 2010, he worked for Deutsche Bank.
The Abbott and Turnbull governments from 2013 to 2018 saw him serve in a number of ministerial portfolios, including that of the Minister for Resources and Minister for the Environment and Energy.
On August 24, 2018, he was named Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party following a leadership spill in which Scott Morrison was chosen as the new Liberal Party Leader. Frydenberg was then named Treasurer by Morrison.
According to a Roy Morgan poll conducted in February of 2022, he was the Liberal Party’s favored leader at the time. Despite this, Frydenberg lost his seat in the 2022 election to teal independent candidate Monique Ryan, who had a large swing against him.
Born in Melbourne, Frydenberg attended Bialik and Mount Scopus Colleges, where he received a bachelor’s degree. Harry Strausz is a general surgeon, and Erika Strausz is a psychologist and professor at the University of Melbourne.
When he was born, his mother was a Jewish Hungarian immigrant who came to Australia as a stateless child in 1950. Because his paternal grandparents came to Australia from Poland during the Great Migration in the 1930s, his father is also Jewish.
Frydenberg was an avid tennis player since he was a child. He tried to persuade his parents to let him drop out of high school so he could concentrate on tennis full-time. The agony of discipline is far easier than the pain of regret, Frydenberg wrote on the wall of his bedroom when they refused to listen.
After finishing high school, he took a gap year to play tennis full-time in Australia and Europe. Frydenberg played against Mark Philippoussis and Pat Rafter and represented Australia at two World University Games. When the Maccabiah bridge collapsed in 1997, he and his father were present.
Before joining Mallesons Stephen Jaques, a leading Australian commercial legal firm, Frydenberg achieved honors degrees in economics and law at Monash University, where he served as president of the Law Students Society. Fulbright and Commonwealth Scholarships helped Frydenberg pay for his education at Yale and Oxford.
A Master of International Relations at University College, London with a thesis on Indonesian politics was his choice of course of study. When trying to decide between Yale and Oxford, he met and became friends with future cabinet colleague Greg Hunt, a Fulbright Scholar, and former Australian governor-general and Oxford provost Sir Zelman Cowen.
His acquaintance Steven Skala brought him into contact with the latter. During their many Sundays together, Cowen “became a mentor to Frydenberg and they spent countless discussions about literature, music, philosophy, and law.” Frydenberg was a member of the Oxford University L’Chaim Society while he was a student at Oxford.
The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University awarded Frydenberg a Master of Public Administration degree.
Alan Tudge, Angus Taylor, Andrew Laming, Dave Sharma, Greg Hunt, and Paul Fletcher are all Liberal MPs in the 46th Parliament of Australia with degrees from an Oxbridge or Ivy League university.
After a complaint from Guide Dogs Victoria, Josh Frydenberg says he has withdrawn his political commercials.
Following a request from the chair of the organization, Josh Frydenberg says he has withdrawn the contentious advertising that featured an endorsement from the CEO of Guide Dogs Victoria.
Before this week, the advertising was unknown to Iain Edwards, head of Guide Dogs Victoria, who said the organization was “totally devoted to its essential job as a charitable apolitical organization.” Edwards said. He indicated an internal probe would take place.
On election flyers handed out in Frydenberg’s home district of Kooyong, Guide Dogs Victoria CEO Karen Hayes was prominently depicted. Hayes lauded the treasurer’s support in securing federal financing for the rebuilding of Guide Dogs Victoria’s campus on the mailout brochure. The advertising on Frydenberg’s Facebook page also included a photo of Hayes.
Frydenberg’s office told Guardian Australia on Wednesday afternoon that “the commercials are no longer airing” after Edwards voiced his concerns and complaints were made on social media.
Earlier that day, at a press conference, when questioned whether the advertising would violate the regulations of the charity regulator, Frydenberg refuted the criticisms that he claimed were coming from “false independents” lobbying against him.
These “false independents” don’t like it when community organizations that I’ve assisted for more than a decade are publicly thanking me. He called it “confused fury.”
We’ve reached out to Hayes for comment.
Monique Ryan, an independent, is running against Frydenberg in his home seat of Kooyong, a seat that the Liberals have held since Robert Menzies and Andrew Peacock held it.
According to the treasurer’s news conference, he was being criticized for the commercials by “false independents” in the Liberal-held districts of Goldstein, Wentworth, and North Sydney
Frydenberg’s advertising, on the other hand, appears to have been ignored by the independent candidates in those constituencies.
If it promotes or opposes “a political party or a candidate for political office,” Guide Dogs Victoria’s endorsement could be in violation of the ACNC’s guidelines on advocacy and campaigning.
The ACNC refused to comment on whether or not the charity had been the subject of complaints.
The ACNC reminded charities last week in a statement that they “must be cognizant of their obligations surrounding political advocacy and campaigning….” While advocacy and campaigning are crucial to the work that many Australian registered charities conduct, it is important to highlight that there are lines that should not be exceeded, the regulator’s Twitter account wrote on Wednesday morning, posting a new link to the advice.
Advocacy or campaigning, according to the advice, can be done by charities provided it serves their benevolent goals and is permitted by their governing instrument. Charity advocacy or campaigning “must not” support or oppose a political party or candidate for office, according to the advice.
ACNC Commissioner Dr. Gary Johns has urged charity leaders to review the AEC’s (Australian Electoral Commission) instructions as well as the ACNC’s (Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Corporations) guidance to ensure that their organizations are not at risk of losing registration.
Hayes appeared in a series of paid Facebook ads hailing the treasurer of Guide Dogs Victoria as a “wonderful supporter” to who she was “enormously thankful”. Puppies abound in the ad, with Hayes and Frydenberg saw hugging a pup in the background.
On Tuesday, the ad began running on Facebook. Facebook ad library data shows the ad had been backed with less than $100 in cash and reached less than 1,000 individuals as of Wednesday.
At least $1,500 has been paid by Frydenberg to promote Facebook ads that feature Cate Sayers’ endorsement. Those ads, which ran on April 11 and 12, and on Tuesday, have been seen by up to 60,000 individuals.
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