March 14 Marks Important Political Milestone, Missed By Australian Media

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March 14 may mark the six-month anniversary of Malcolm Turnbull’s ascension to The Lodge, but a far more important political anniversary appears set to pass without notice.

Today is also one year to the day since Tony Abbott ate a raw onion.

At a factory somewhere in wherever, the Prime Minister of Australia made a speech about something or other… and then bit into a raw onion. With the skin on. In front of television cameras. For now apparent reason other than he “likes onions”.

The incident quickly became known as one of the most important vegetable moments in Australian political history. It also helped hasten the downfall of a Prime Minister struggling in the polls.

But more than any other issue, Onion-gate helped a confused nation better understand Tony Abbott, the man leading their country.

Turns out, he’s just really, really weird.

So, in honour of this auspicious occasion, we’ve prepared a special video to help you look fondly back on an era in Australia politics that, frankly, has yet to run its course. Enjoy. And thanks to reader Morgan Mysterio for the heads up.

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