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Anthony Albanese says booing PM is a ‘tradition’

Source: Channel Nine

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has brushed off questions about people booing him at the Australian Open on Sunday.

As Jannik Sinner triumphed over Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open men’s final, the PM watched on from the stands.

Master of ceremonies Todd Woodbridge was noting prominent people in the crowd during thee trophy ceremony and when he announced Albanese was there, the crowd responded by booing him

Speaking on Fox FM Melbourne this morning, Albanese was asked about the crowd’s response and whether he was expecting it.

“It’s a bit of tradition in Australian sport, isn’t it?” he said.

Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese reacts during the Men's Singles Final match between Jannik Sinner of Italy and Daniil Medvedev during the 2024 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 28, 2024 in Melbourne, Australia.

Anthony Albanese seemed as though he wasn’t bothered by the booing.

Funnily enough, former Prime Minister Scott Morrison also had a similar response to Albanese when he was booed in 2019.

Morrison was also booed at the Australian Open and following the response from the crowd he said it was a “great tradition”.

“I would be disappointed if they didn’t,” he said.

Albanese’s attendance comes after he announced stage three tax cuts last week and some people have drawn comparison of Albanese’s frosty AO reception to the tax cuts.

“When you say your word is your bond and you go back on that and you won’t even apologise for it, the Australian people are going to view that very dimly,” Liberal frontbencher Dan Tehan said on Sky News on Monday.

However, independent senator Jacqui Lambie lambasted the AO crowd for booing Albanese when speaking on the Today Show.

“We got a heap of rich people over there watching the tennis finals and they’ve had a bit of their tax taken off them to pay it forward, to give to those who are less fortunate,” she said.

“For God’s sakes, I don’t have a problem with that. Honestly Where’s our Australian values? Is that what they’re booing him for? Because I’m still trying to work out what they’re going in for. They just don’t like him.”

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