Malcolm Turnbull's Turn As PM Has World Scratching Its Head

15/09/2015 6:17 AM AEST | Updated 15/07/2016 12:51 PM AEST

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The world has responded to Monday's lightning-fast prime ministerial switch-a-roo, labelling us a nation of "front-stabbers" which celebrates political turmoil as a national pastime.

Australia's Wikipedia page was edited overnight, to add random but regular 'leadership spills' to our favourite national pastimes.


According to one report we, "down under", call our never-ending political assassinations "front stabbing".

That is but one explanation of why, or rather, how, in a matter of hours, Australia has a brand new Prime Minister. Again.

As if our revolving Lodge door isn't confusing enough, the BBC is reporting on our nation's sudden compulsion to "put out our onions".

Twitter lit up last night with pictures of punters displaying bags of onions on door handles, and porches, ribbing outgoing Prime Minister Tony Abbott for his ill-considered onion munching moment, earlier this year.

BREAKING: Australia has a new PM. Malcolm Turnbull has defeated Tony Abbott 54-44.

Posted by WSFM with Jonesy and Amanda on Monday, September 14, 2015

The Economist describes Prime Minister-elect Malcolm Turnbull as Abbott's progressive successor, and the leader most likely to modernise Australia.

It's official. Malcolm Turnbull is now Australia's Prime Minister.

Posted by Australian Marriage Equality on Monday, September 14, 2015

The Independent newspaper from the UK was just generally confused by the whole thing.

As, it seems, was morning show Sunrise. After a night of shocks, apparently a surprising leadership contender threw their hat into the ring.

But even before Turnbull has been sworn in to office, his political opponents are lining up to rain on his parade.

Malcolm Turnbull has called for a leadership contest and the Liberal Party of Australia will soon vote on a new leader....

Posted by Australian Labor Party on Monday, September 14, 2015

TURNBULL OR TURNCOATMalcolm Turnbull and Julie Bishop showed their hand today by asking our Prime Minister Tony...

Posted by Pauline Hanson's Please Explain on Monday, September 14, 2015

And then there was this, from a pair of bona fide leadership spill experts.

In a night of knifings, even morning television was not safe from unexpected accidents. Here, the Today Show -- including The Huffington Post Australia editor-at-large Lisa Wilkinson -- was attacked by their own set.

And, as always, the NT News team had the best take of them all.

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