Josh Frydenberg hires security over campaign sign vandalism

Frydenberg has admitted he is at risk of losing his seat to the former director of neurology at the Royal Children’s Hospital, who has been described by Frydenberg as a “fake” independent. She struck back in a debate on Thursday, labeling the incumbent the “Treasurer for NSW” who had failed to provide a healthy economy or action on climate change.

Vision on a now-unavailable Instagram post, seen by The Ageshowing a Ryan backer allegedly defacing the sign is the first evidence proving a supporter of either of the main candidates has engaged in vandalism.

A Frydenberg poster with a swastika drawn on it.

The Age has spoken to a relative of the young woman who allegedly drew clown features onto a photo of Frydenberg. They confirmed the woman, who The Age has decided not to identify to protect her privacy, was enthusiastic about the election campaign and supported Ryan.

A spokesman for Ryan’s campaign said the woman who allegedly defaced the property was not registered in the campaign’s volunteer database. There is no evidence that she holds any formal role in the campaign team, which has raised about $1.4 million from 3,000 donors and knocked on close to 8,000 doors in Kooyong.

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“In regard to vandalism of Mr Frydenberg’s campaign materials, all of Dr Ryan’s campaign volunteers are required to sign a code of conduct that includes a pledge not to undertake any activity which would place the campaign in disrepute,” Ryan’s spokesman said.

“Any volunteer who is found to have violated that pledge, or damaged the campaign materials of another candidate, will be removed immediately from Dr Ryan’s campaign.”

A police spokesman said detectives were investigating an incident on Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn. “It is believed the vandalism has taken place at various times and locations from February through to now,” the spokesman said, urging those who knew more to contact Crimestoppers.

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