It’s been a particularly out-of-touch week for Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. After a "patronizing" and uncomfortable St. Patrick’s Day address that upset the nation’s Irish community, Abbott managed to one-up his own awkwardness.

While visiting Chartlon Farm Produce in Tasmania, Abbott picked a raw onion up from a conveyor belt and bit into it like an apple.

On camera.

Now #Oniongate is blowing up in Australia. Abbott was visiting Tasmania to promote his $200 million Bass Strait subsidy scheme, a freight equalization plan for the state, but his taste-test stole the show.

According to reports, Abbott later said that the onion was "better than any other onions I've tasted for a long time."

Hopefully he at least peeled those other ones.

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