Aussie PM refuses to get snagged on sausage debate

Changes to Bunnings Warehouse sausage sizzle called 'un-Australian' for a safety overhaul

But Bunnings Warehouse chief operating officer Debbie Poole has left some sausage specialists sour over her suggestion to reorder the summer specialty.

The new rule: The fried onions must be placed on the white bread first and not on top of the plain sausage.

"Leave the Bunnings sausage sizzle alone!"

It's all due to new Occupational Health and Safety rules, with fears a stray caramelised onion may find it easier to abscond from the top of a sausage than beneath it, leading to fears of major customer slippage.

Thousands of charities apply to run Sausage Sizzle stalls outside the company's 294 stores every week, and receive all the money they raise through sales.

"Onions can be slippery when they fall out of a sausage sandwich", Bunnings wrote in a flyer distributed to community groups that included instructions for constructing a sandwich.

After the news was made public, many baffled and bewildered customers took to social media to weigh in on the issue under the hashtag "oniongate".

"Regardless of how you like your onion and snag (the term used for the sausage in Australia), we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group".

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The good ol' Bunnings sausage sizzle has to be one of the best and most Aussie things about the weekend, right?

"I want to know which committee of do-gooder, micro-managing public nuisances in head office sat around and decided that onions on a sausage sizzle at Bunnings are a slipping hazard", one social media user said.

According to the hardware giant, sausages will now be served with the onion on the bottom of the snag instead of on the top.

'For me personally that one trip to Bunnings has almost cost me my career as a theatre nurse, my home and at my darkest time when I could see no future, almost my life, ' the nurse said. People of all ages do this, it's part of our Australian life that we support local community organizations.

"Frankly I'm not going to give them any recipe hints", he added.

During a bilateral meeting with Morrison later in the day, she jokingly referred to the controversy as "the most pressing global or trans-Tasman news of the day", according to Kiwi news website Newshub, adding "I think we should make a joint commitment that on our watches, the Bunnings sausage sizzle shall continue". A news anchor on TV stated that the move "will ruin Australia" and, much like when Bart Simpson's collect call to the country went a little awry in the famous episode of The Simpsons Down Under, it's even gone all the way to the Prime Minister ("Andyyyyy!").

Morrison concurred, saying: "I agree, I agree".

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