Federal Election 2022: Anthony Albanese gets mixed reception at Byron Bay Bluesfest


Anthony Albanese received a mixed reception when he took the stage to introduce rock legend Jimmy Barnes at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Sunday night.

In a clear sign members of the public are already over the federal election, part of the crowd booed when the MC mentioned the upcoming poll while introducing Mr Albanese.

When the Labor leader took the stage there was a mixed response with boos and cheers.

However, when he said Labor would fund the arts and support Aboriginal constitutional recognition, the cheers grew louder.

Suited to the brutality of election campaigns, Barnes opened his performance with the song Flesh and Blood.

Previously, crowds had seemed delighted to see Mr Albanese during his visit, with some chanting “Albo, Albo” and taking selfies.

Camera iconAustralian singer Jimmy Barnes performs at the Byron Bay Bluesfest on Day 7 of the 2022 Federal Election campaign, in Byron Bay on Sunday April 17, 2022. Credit: LUKAS COCH/AAPIMAGE

The Labor leader had been joined by his partner Jodie Haydon for the day, which proved popular when they visited a local Byron Bay reverend who helped with flood relief.

Reverend Rosie Wynter spontaneously hugged Ms Haydon and told reporters she found her ‘very caring and down to earth’. Although Ms Haydon has remained largely out of the spotlight, she has appeared calm and collected in media appearances.

Earlier today a short press conference outside a church got off to a good start for Mr Albanese, with a punter shouting ‘well done’ as he commented on the escalating cuts in the Health care.

The man, whose son has Down syndrome and autism, told The West Australian he had voted like an ass in previous elections out of frustration with both parties, but planned to vote for Labor Now because he was angry at the government’s handling of National Disability Insurance. Scheme.

However, Mr Albanese’s slippage on temporary protection visas which he said was because he misunderstood the issue overshadowed his comments on health.


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