An distressed Daniel Andrews called for civility in public debate after a pair of boots were left in front of his father’s funeral location as part of an online campaign to “Give Dan the Boot.”
The campaign organizer, 19-year-old Liberal Party activist Edward Bourke, apologised for the “unacceptable” use of political expression of Mr Andrews’ relatives, but said the could use the controversy to detract from his government’s performance.
An online event where over 65,000 people registered their interest in supporting the campaign invited Victorians to put a pair of boots at the front of their homes last Sunday and use the hashtag # GiveDanTheBoot.
On Tuesday, The Premier called the photograph a shameful “low” act and asked the public to refrain from invoking his deceased relatives in political debates
“I saw that photo, the photo was sent to me by someone,” he said. “I know that farm well.
“The last time I was in that shed was when I carried my father’s coffin out of it.”
“Have a different view to me, but leave my family out of it, and particularly the dead members of my family out of it,” he said.
“I don’t think that’s too much to ask. Shame, shame on him, shame.”