My grandparents both ran small businesses: Josh Frydenberg

Hear from the Federal Treasurer about his family background in small business

01 March 2019

The federal Treasurer, Hon. Josh Frydenberg, MP, joined The Mentor with Mark Bouris to talk about the economy and small business in Australia.

But before discussing the big ticket items, Mark asked the Treasurer about his background, and the things that made him who he is.

“My grandparents both ran small businesses, and my father’s parents had small haberdashery stores in regional Victoria,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“I remember as a kid, my grandmother, who was a migrant woman into Australia, she packed up the Kingswood, slept in the pub across the road from the store, and would open up by herself while her husband opened one of the other stores.”

“All three of the families are from the same migrant background in Europe, and they came to Australia for a fresh start and they worked so hard, just as any small business person does today.”

The Treasurer says his grandparents’ humble start to life in Australia paved the way to where he is now.

“That able to provide funding for my dad and his sister to get a good education, and my dad is now a surgeon who is still practising,” Mr Frydenberg said.

“He became a real leader in his field, and its’ a wonderful story of a family that came pretty much with nothing, worked in small business, worked in regional Victoria, and then did the heavy lifting and now their children and grandchildren prospered.”

Listen to the full conversation between Mark Bouris and Josh Frydenberg on The Mentor podcast here.