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Mourners Booed Tony Abbott And John Howard At Gough Whitlam's Memorial

Unsurprisingly, Labor prime ministers were given applause.

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott was met with a volley of boos outside the Gough Whitlam Memorial at Sydney's Town Hall on Wednesday. Hundreds of people also gave it to the former Prime Minister John Howard.

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The crowd was mostly made up of baby-boomers and staunch Labor supporters.

Thousands in town hall square watching @bkjabour

Michael Safi@safimichaelFollow

Thousands in town hall square watching @bkjabour

11:43 AM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But the gracelessness was roundly criticised.

how utterly graceless of those clowns who booed John Howard outside Gough funeral.

Phillip Coorey@PhillipCooreyFollow

how utterly graceless of those clowns who booed John Howard outside Gough funeral.

10:50 AM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

By all means boo John Howard at the cricket if you feel the need, but at a funeral? Really? #GoughWhitlam

Andrew Greene@AndrewBGreeneFollow

By all means boo John Howard at the cricket if you feel the need, but at a funeral? Really? #GoughWhitlam

11:04 AM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Boos from Labor crowd for Howard - at least the equal best to any PM they've seen - no wonder ALP is in strife....

Viewpoint/FridayLive@chriskkennyFollow

Boos from Labor crowd for Howard - at least the equal best to any PM they've seen - no wonder ALP is in strife....

10:52 AM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Coming up next at #goughmemorial - a Mexican wave

David Lipson@lipporocksFollow

Coming up next at #goughmemorial - a Mexican wave

11:08 AM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

But there were some Australian progressives defending the move.

I personally would not boo Abbott, but come on: he's a terrible PM whose budget is to destroy the Whitlam legacy. What do you expect? Candy?

Comrade Badham@vanbadhamFollow

I personally would not boo Abbott, but come on: he's a terrible PM whose budget is to destroy the Whitlam legacy. What do you expect? Candy?

12:06 PM - 05 Nov 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Unsurprisingly, Julia Gillard, Paul Keating and Bob Hawke received huge ovations. Kevin Rudd? Not so much.

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Later on, all the seven living prime ministers gathered for an adorable/awkward family photo.

Dan Himbrechts