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    5 Nov 2014

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

    Unsurprisingly, Labor prime ministers were given applause.

    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

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