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The onions were out for Turnbull’s challenge

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Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott wasn’t able to shake some of his more memorable public appearances, even amidst leadership turmoil.

Following Malcolm Turnbull’s leadership challenge on Monday afternoon, social media lit up, with images of the odorous vegetable and a speedo-clad Abbott making a startling number of appearances.

The #putoutyouronions hashtag rapidly gained followers and was trending around Australia in no time, with the tweets referring to Mr Abbott’s infamous bite of the vegetable on a trip to Tasmania earlier this year.

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“Between having no onions left #putoutyouronions and waiting for the Abbott press conference, I have no idea how dinner is going to get cooked,” Twitter user Adeintheshade wrote.

“I’d assume Abbott’s counting his onions, like Moe Szyslak counts his radishes. #putoutyouronions,” Adrian Cutts said.

Meanwhile, #putoutyourspeedos also surfaced.

Crossbench senator Ricky Muir also made light of a pending Liberal Party spill with a photo of coffee spilling from a mug.

“I was liberally enjoying a coffee and then it spilt,” he wrote.

Others took it more literally.

Fellow independent senator Glenn Lazarus also joined in, posting a picture of himself with Mr Turnbull.

“I get on well with Malcolm! He’s got my vote! #bullandbrick,” he wrote.

Pictures of a laughing Julia Gillard – the subject of several leadership spill motions – also did the rounds.

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