Ballarat mayor calls for respect after Tony Abbott's bust

A civic leader has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown and notes.

A civic leader has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown and notes.

CROWNED: Ballarat City Council mayor Samantha McIntosh has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown at the weekend.

CROWNED: Ballarat City Council mayor Samantha McIntosh has hit out at pranksters who adorned Tony Abbott's bust with an onion crown at the weekend.

Ballarat City mayor Samantha McIntosh has labelled pranksters who placed an onion crown on the bust of former Prime Minister Tony Abbott immature and disrespectful.

Images were shared on social media of the bust in the city’s botanical gardens’ Avenue of Prime Ministers at the weekend.

HARSH WORDS: Someone has left negative notes about former Prime Minister Tony Abbot on his recently unveiled bust.

HARSH WORDS: Someone has left negative notes about former Prime Minister Tony Abbot on his recently unveiled bust.

Mr Abbott copped flak on social media when he ate a raw onion in 2015.

Cr McIntosh said respect should be shown to all Australia’s former leaders.

”Without any doubt, there should be absolute respect for the position of prime minister,” she said.

“Any of the prime ministers from over the years of Australia history have worked exceptionally hard on behalf of the community and been voted in by many thousands of taxpayers.

“Vandalism graffiti and rude behaviour should not be tolerated, there is a cost associated each time someone tampers with ratepayer and taxpayer funded infrastructure.”

The bust of former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd was also once draped in a dress.

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