Albanese government slammed over 'pathetic' detail in photo

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All eyes were on the Albanese government on Thursday as the prime minister took to the stage at a job summit in Canberra.

But the Aboriginal flag displayed behind him is what got people talking.

Since coming to power, Anthony Albanese has made a point of displaying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags alongside the Australian flag at government events and press conferences.

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The Aboriginal flag was accidentally hung upside down during the Jobs and Skills Summit in Canberra. Source: AAP

But as Mr Albanese addressed the crowd at the Jobs and Skills Summit, some prominent leaders couldn't help but notice an "ignorant" mistake — the Aboriginal flag was hung upside down.

Photos from the event shared online show the flag with the red half at the top and the black on the bottom.

Indigenous Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price blasted the oversight in a post on Facebook.

"With all the virtuous expression of respect for Aboriginal Australians or as Labor call us 'First Nations' and all the carry on with strategically placing the flag prominently to express this deep virtue you'd think that this Albanese government could actually hang it the right way up?" she said.

"Especially at such a significant and ground breaking event such as the job summit."

Indigenous activist Warren Mundine, a former Labor Party president and federal Liberal candidate, also hit out at the blunder, calling it "pathetic."

"How ignorant and pathetic is it that our national flag is treated this way...put it up properly," he said, the Daily Telegraph reported.

It's believed the flag was eventually corrected.

The Jobs and Skills Summit focuses on keeping unemployment low, creating secure jobs and addressing skills shortages.

The two-day event attracts people from unions, business, industry groups, government, community organisations and universities.

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