Labor MP accused of excluding key figures of Australia’s Jewish media from multiple events

17 August 2018
ROSE BRENNAN
, EXCLUSIVE, The Daily Telegraph

LABOR MP Shaoquett Moselmane has been accused of excluding key figures of Australia’s Jewish media from multiple events that were billed as celebrations of multiculturalism.

It is the second serious allegation this week against Mr Moselmane of excluding the Jewish community from multicultural events.

It comes as the government targeted Mr Moselmane in parliament with Treasurer Dominic Perrottet dramatically accusing Labor of holding “anti-Semitic views”.

“(The media have been) accurately representing anti-Semitic views they have on that side,” he said.

Both J-Wire and the Australian Jewish News told The Daily Telegraph they could not recall being ­invited to the Multicultural and indigenous Media awards which Mr ­Moselmane established in 2012 and ran until 2016.

Shaoquett Moselmane has come under fire for excluding the Jewish community from multicultural events.

The events were held at NSW Parliament House. Australian Jewish News CEO Joshua Levi accused Mr Moselmane of not sharing values of multiculturalism.

“We didn’t even receive an invitation from Moselmane … seemingly he has a problem with the Jewish community. Luke Foley is a friend of the Jewish community, but if he ­really cares about that relationship it’s about time he take real action against someone that doesn’t seem to share his values of multiculturalism.”

Labor leader Luke Foley declined to address the latest allegation with a spokesman saying the media awards were not an official Labor event and were started by Mr Moselmane as a “private individual”. The complaints about the media awards come days after Mr Mosel­mane was accused of “excluding” Jewish Board of Deputies chief executive Vic Alhadeff from a Labor event.

New South Wales state opposition leader Luke Foley declined to address the latest allegation (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

“Mr Moselmane’s hostility to Jewish Australians is pretty clear now.

“It’s a pattern of behaviour that should rule him out of leading a Labor multicultural organisation,” Mr Alhadeff said.

Mr Perrottet raised the Jewish community’s concerns in parliament, saying Labor held “anti-Semitic views”. The issue erupted in parliament with Labor’s only Jewish MP Ron Hoenig saying Mr Perrottet’s comment was “deeply offensive”.

“I am the only Jewish member of the Labor Party, most of whose family was exterminated in the final solution. I take exception to suggestion that I would join an anti-Semitic party in any circumstance … neither I nor the Jewish community regard the Labor Party as anti-Semitic. And I find the Treasurer’s comments to be deeply offensive,” Mr Hoenig said.

Mr Moselmane did not respond to request for comment.