Tony Abbott’s Long Demise

September 14, 2015 10:31 PM

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Tony Abbott’s Long Demise

On Monday, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott lost a leadership ballot among the lawmakers of the ruling Liberal Party to Malcolm Turnbull, the communications minister, for whom Abbott is expected to step aside. The Australian people greeted another bloodless coup at the pinnacle of their government with indifference—and onions.

Abbott, the nation’s fourth Prime Minister in five years, exhibited a feckless machismo, which often verged on eccentricity. Visiting a farm in Tasmania earlier this year, he picked up a raw onion and bit into it as though it were an apple. It was the GIF seen ’round the world. “Better than any othe...

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