#putoutyouronions


Onion on a manhole cover with 'in memoriam' written on a sheet beneath it

Ask, and the internet will answer… in one way or another it seems. I don’t know about tying to belts, and I certainly didn’t see any more parked onions (not to mention this particular one vanished the next day), but it does seem that people were “pre-humously commemorating” Tony Abbott’s er, removal from the PM’s position on Monday.

Here’s a direct quote from the only article I’ve found so far:

Social media users across the country took to their platforms to tweet pictures of themselves putting out their onions in commemoration for the Prime Minister.

It was a nod to previous tributes to Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes, who died last year after being struck on the neck by a bouncing ball. Australians rallied under the hashtag #putyourbatsout, and duly left cricket bats outside their front doors and driveways, and on cricket ovals around the country.

The same was done for murdered school teacher Stephanie Scott, who was killed shortly before her wedding. On that occasion, people hung their wedding dresses from their front doors, and tweeted under the hasthag #putyourdressout.

But the dubious honour doled out to Mr Abbott was altogether less sincere and more mocking.

I might have missed the bandwagon again, but at least I noticed it pass by! Then again, who uses a single article as a resource? Gippsland Times?? Oh well, just some wholesome family fun.