High-profile Australians have slammed Prime Minister Scott Morrison and fellow Coalition MPs for repeatedly disrespecting Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese during his budget speech.
On Thursday night, Mr Albanese delivered his reaction to the federal budget, outlining a number of ALP initiatives, including childcare reform.
But attention soon turned to the actions of his political opponents during his speech.
Almost instantly, as he spoke, a series of well-known Aussies and ordinary individuals started to post screenshots of politicians clearly ignoring the Labor leader.
For instance , Mr. Morrison turned away from Mr. Albanese and fiddled with his phone repeatedly and even closed his eyes during the speech.
Julian Burnside, a well-known Australian barrister, human rights and refugee advocate and author, was one of many to hit the shenanigans of the PM, calling him a “disgrace”.
Journalist Troy Bramston also called out the behaviour, sharing a photo which showed that the “only government MP looking at Albanese is Frydenberg”, while author, presenter and political commentator Jamila Rizvi said “Frydenberg is all eyes and ears on Albo but most of the frontbench (including the PM) are on their phones.”
Politics aside, with big speeches like the budget and budget reply, I like seeing politicians listen to each other. Basic old fashioned principles of respect. Frydenberg is all eyes and ears on Albo but most of the frontbench (including the PM) are on their phones. #budgetreply
— Jamila Rizvi (@JamilaRizvi) October 8, 2020
— Joe2 (@eatatjoe2) October 8, 2020