Tony Abbott to step aside as prime minister after losing leadership challenge to Malcolm Turnbull.
Tony Abbott, the ousted Australian prime minister, is being commemorated by Australians with a trending hashtag #putoutyouronions.
Social media users across the country tweeted pictures of onions, in a dubious tribute to their former leader.
— Nick Klau (@nickklau) September 14, 2015
The hashtag referred to an incident in March when Mr Abbott was pictured eating a raw onion, skin and all, during a trip to a factory in Tasmania.
— Tiyana Matliovski (@tiyana_m88) September 14, 2015
It acknowledged previous but more sincere tributes in the country. In April, Australian women hung their wedding dresses on their front doors and tweeted #putyourdressout after a young woman, Stephanie Scott, was murdered shortly before her wedding.
Australian cricketer Philip Hughes, who died last year after being struck in the neck by a cricket ball, was honoured with #put yourbatsout.
Mr Abbott on Monday was defeated in a Liberal Party leadership spill by Malcolm Turnbull, his former communications minister.
— ☕ John B., the Latte Sipping Bogan (@Latte_Bogan) September 14, 2015