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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's Nazi Comparisons Are Getting Out Of Hand

Does four times in 12 months make a trend?

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Abbott made the comparison to the Hitler-led regime during a 2GB radio interview, brushing off claims his government was trying to scare everyone at the prospect of ISIS.

"It's nonsense, turn on your televisions, look at what is happening. The latest atrocity apparently was four young men being strung up and burned alive," he said.

"The Nazis did terrible evil but they had a sufficient sense of shame to try to hide it. These people boast about their evil, this is the extraordinary thing."

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As The Australian journalist James Jeffrey quickly noted, the claim Nazis had a "sense of shame" didn't exactly hold up to history.

Let's raise a glass to that sufficient sense of shame

But the remark was quickly picked up and highlighted by Jewish newspaper Haaretz.

Yeah this was always going to happen. http://t.co/oEiRuSNZsf

It's definitely not the first time the Australian PM has compared things to the Nazis. It's not even the first time he's likened ISIS to the european regime which killed more than six million people during WWII.

"The atrocities that were committed by the Nazis, by the communists and others, they were ashamed of them, they tried to cover them up," said Abbott during a very similar 2GB interview, one year and one day ago.

"This mob, by contrast, as soon as they've done something gruesome and ghastly and unspeakable, they're advertising it on the internet for all to see which makes them, in my mind, nothing but a death cult."

Then on February 12 this year, Abbott compared job losses under the opposition to "a holocaust".

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"There was a holocaust of jobs in defence industries under members opposite," he said during a rowdy question time, then repeating "a holocaust of jobs".

He later apologised and withdrew the comment.

Just one month later, Abbott compared Labor leader Bill Shorten to Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels.

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"The Dr Goebbels of economic policy!" yelled Abbott during another dramatic question time moment. He immediately threw up his hands and said, "I withdraw! I withdraw! I withdraw, Madam Speaker!"

Victorian Jewish Labor MP Philip Dalidakis was critical at the remarks.

As a Jewish MP, I don't understand how @TonyAbbottMHR expresses solidarity with our community but then does this. https://t.co/PzgxBJfHvE

BuzzFeed News has asked questions to assistant treasurer and Jewish MP Josh Frydenberg (who lost family members in the Holocaust) about Abbott's Nazi references.

Mark Di Stefano is a Media and Politics Reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Mark Di Stefano at mark.distefano@buzzfeed.com.

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