Tony Abbott And John Howard Just Got Booed At Gough Whitlam’s Memorial In Sydney


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Gough Whitlam’s memorial service is being held in Sydney Town Hall today. It started at 11, and in the hour or so leading up to the start of the service a parade of current and former politicians made their way up the Town Hall steps in front of a crowd of a few thousand people who turned out to pay respects, including every living former Prime Minister.

Some got a cooler reception than others.

Ruh roh.

Here’s what happened when Tony Abbott arrived:

By contrast, here was the reaction when Julia Gillard entered Town Hall:

Former Liberal Prime Minister John Howard got the treatment too, while Kevin Rudd got the most subdued reaction of any Labor leader.

Given the occasion, a lot of people weren’t too impressed with the crowd’s reaction.

There was also an awkward game of musical chairs to avoid having Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard sit next to each other.

Ah, Australia, you awkward beast. Never change.

Feature image via Thedigitalfolklore.