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Tony Abbott Bought An Eye-Watering 110 Ukrainian Flags In A Year

Almost 10 Ukrainian flags every month for a whole year.

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Abbott - who became famous for surrounding himself with Australian flags - bought more than 900 flags from around the world during his second and final year in office, costing more than $110,000.

BuzzFeed News has seen documents showing the then PM's office bought an eye-watering 171 Aussie flags, after Labor senator Penny Wong formally requested the numbers.


Mr Abbott, who was also known for his strict regime of wearing blue ties, even wore a blue and yellow striped number for a Melbourne church service with the president.

BuzzFeed News considered reasons why Mr Abbott bought so many Ukrainian flags - everything from ceremonies surrounding the downing of MH17 to the new joint-embassy in Kiev to a simple fetish for the blue and yellow standard - and has submitted questions to his office.

Malcolm Turnbull's office has also been asked to comment on the revelation, and asked whether there's a need for so many Ukrainian flags at Parliament House.

Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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