Extraordinary footage has resurfaced of Anthony Albanese addressing supporters at a free Palestine rally early on in his political career.
The decades-old grainy footage shows the future Prime Minister condemning the actions of the Israeli military at a protest at Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD.
The clip obtained by Sky News shows Mr Albanese among a crowd of protesters standing next to a banner that reads, ‘Stop the Israeli slaughter, free Palestine now’.
He’s seen using a megaphone to condemn Israel’s actions.
The old footage shows the future Prime Minister addressing the crowd on a megaphone at a pro-Palestine rally in Sydney
‘The response of Israel has been to meet children throwing rocks with helicopters, with tanks and with missiles,’ the future Prime Minister is heard saying.
The footage captions Mr Albanese as a ‘federal Labor MP’. He’s been the member for Grayndler since 1996.
The clip was aired by Sky News host Sharri Markson on her program on Wednesday night as she slammed the Prime Minister’s ‘staggering’ comments this week on the Hamas-Israel conflict.
‘Mr Albanese has over his entire career spoken out against Israel and in support of Palestinians,’ she said.
‘We’re now seeing Albanese show his true colours. He could only stay on message for so long.”
Mr Albanese did slam the pro-Palestine rally held outside the Sydney Opera House on October 9, saying it was ‘horrific’ and admitting it should not have gone ahead.
Members of the rally were heard chanting ‘gas the Jews’, others hurled flares at the police while some attempted to set fire to the Israeli flag before stomping on it.
The Prime Minister is currently in the US where he’s met US President Joe Biden at the White House and attended a state dinner on Wednesday.
He recently announced that he won’t be visiting Israel, unlike President Biden, sparking questions from Australian Jewish leaders.
The prime minister is also yet to speak with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu since Hamas’ attack on Israel on October 7.
A younger Anthony Albanese (circled) early on in his political career was spotted at a Sydney protest condemning the actions of the Israeli military
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (second left) and his partner Jodie Haydon (left) are currently on a US. They’re pictured at the White House with US President and wife Jill (right)
It comes as Mr Albanese refused to respond to calls from French president Emmanuel Macron for world leaders to join forces to fight Hamas.
‘Our priority has been getting people in Israel but also in Gaza, who want to leave and are Australian citizens, out,’ Mr Albanese told reporters in the US this week.
‘We’ve also continued to emphasis the importance of humanitarian support for people in Gaza.’
‘I continue to emphasise that Australia’s position is for the protection of innocent lives, we mourn as a nation every innocent life which has been lost in the conflict, whether it be Israeli or Palestinian.’
Australian Jewish Association president David Adler criticised Mr Albanese for not making a trip to Israel.
‘He’s on a trip (to the US) at the moment, we would have liked to see him go via Israel to show solidarity at this time,’ Mr Adler said.
‘There has yet to be a senior Australian representative to make that gesture. It should be the prime minister as the leader of the country.
‘The trip should have been arranged, he is in the northern hemisphere anyway and showing solidarity would have been well-received.’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese watches on as President Biden addresses the media during a joint press conference at the White House on Wednesday