It’s very strange: Australians are freaking out over Tony Abbott eating a raw onion. It’s a country full of giant spiders and poisonous everything, and it’s onions that have you boggled?
I’m not personally a fan of raw onions, but my father liked to eat certain kinds raw. There are varieties of sweet onions — Vidalias and Walla Walla sweet onions, for instance — that have less of the acrid sharpness and a mellower flavor, and I never found it odd that some of my relatives would munch on them.
I’m sure you can find better reasons to dislike Abbott. Here’s a list to get you started.