Fact Check: Did Australian PM Wear Saffron Scarf During Swearing-in Ceremony?

A picture of the newly elected Australian Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese, is doing the rounds on social media with a Om-printed saffron scarf wrapped around his neck. The picture caption says that Albanese was wearing the saffron scarf during the oath ceremony.

The image caption in Hindi reads: “ऑस्ट्रेलिया के नए प्रधानमंत्री एन्थिनी अल्बेनिज शपथ लेते हुए। ॐ नमः शिवाय वाला अंग वस्त्र धारण किया। इनकी भेषभूषा देख कर भारत मे सेकुलरिस्टों को इनसे नफरत हो सकती हैं।”

The link to the post can be seen here.

FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked, and found the claim to be misleading.

On doing a Google Reverse Image Search, we found that the same image was uploaded by JKF News with a caption: “Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese wore the scarf at a Hindu Council event in Parramatta earlier this month.”

We found the same image was also uploaded by ABC.net on May 19, 2022, with a caption: “Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese wore the scarf at a Hindu Council event in Parramatta earlier this month.(AAP: Lukas Coch)”

We also found that Anthony Albanese was sworn in as Australia’s 31st prime minister on May 23, 2022. A video of the swearing-in ceremony was also shared by The Guardian. In this video, we see Albanese was not wearing a saffron scarf.

Hence, we can ascertain that an old image is being shared with a misleading claim.

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