Australia's grand mufti sought to cover up his "graphic failure" in leadership shortly after this month's deadly Paris attacks, the resources minister, Josh Frydenberg, said.

The mufti, Ibrahim Abu Mohammed, had been criticised for the statement he released shortly after the attack which did not explicitly condemn the terrorist attack. He later issued a clarification.

Frydenberg, the most senior Jewish member of the government, said he was "very concerned" by Mohammed's initial statement, which he claimed was a true representation of the mufti's thoughts on the attack.

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