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And The 2017 Winners Are…

September 22, 2017

GOLD ERNIE & SILVER ERNIE (POLITICAL) Port Stephens Mayor Bruce McKenzie who pleaded guilty to assaulting his partner but wanted a domestic violence shelter to be named after himself.   SILVER ERNIE (MEDIA) Andrew Bolt remarking on a Human Rights Commission Report which found that 51% of students were sexually harassed last year  “Yes, we… Read the full article

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And The 2016 Winners Are…

September 23, 2016

GOLD Ernie (dead heat) Barrister Ben Mallick (Judicial Silver Ernie) for defending a taxi driver charged with sexual assault, “the attack would not have happened if the woman had sat in the back seat”.   NSW Department of Education (Industrial Silver Ernie) for proposing that experienced School teachers who take 5 years off to have… Read the full article

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And the 2015 winners are…

September 30, 2015

GOLD Ernie and Sport Silver Ernie (The Warney) Football Federation Australia for paying the Matildas only $21,000 pa and for refusing to pay them maternity leave.   Political Silver Ernie Tony Abbott, when asked to nominate his greatest achievement as Minister for Women replied “repealing the carbon tax.”   Media Silver Ernie The Australian Obituary… Read the full article

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And the 2014 winners are…

September 25, 2014

GOLD ERNIE and Political Silver Ernie Christopher Pyne for claiming that increases in uni fees won’t disproportionately affect women because – “women are well represented amongst the teaching and nursing students. They will not be able to earn the high incomes that dentists and lawyers will earn.” Media Silver Ernie Piers Akerman “The ABC has… Read the full article

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2013 Ernie Award Winners

October 9, 2013

At a sell out dinner in NSW State Parliament tonight, 330 women booed and hissed the following winners to victory in the 21st Annual Ernie Awards. Ernies founder and organiser Meredith Burgmann said that “The last two years have been the worst I can remember. The sheer vitriol of some of the attacks on Julia… Read the full article

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2013 Celebrating the ‘Ernies’ coming of age!

August 31, 2013

The theme for the 2013 Ernies was always going to be about the fact that the Awards night is turning 21 this year. The dress code is “what you wore to your own 21st” so we expect lots of thai silk ensembles, graecian wrap-arounds, cork high heels and spandex leggings. The year has seen so… Read the full article

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And the winners of the 2012 Ernie Awards are…

September 27, 2012

Gold Ernie (and Media Silver Ernie) Alan Jones ‘Women are destroying the joint, Christine Nixon in Melbourne, Clover Moore here. Honestly. There’s no chaff bag big enough for these people.’ Industrial Silver Ernie David Farley, CEO Australian Agricultural Company when demonstrating a machine in the abattoir said - ’So it’s designed for non-productive old cows. Julia… Read the full article

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Hot tips to win the Twentieth Ernies

September 26, 2012

The twentieth Annual “Ernie” Awards for sexist remarks will take place at a gala dinner for 300 women at NSW Parliament House on Wednesday 26 September. The Ernies are awarded for sexist remarks made during the year. They are divided into the categories of Political, Industrial, Judicial, Media, Sport (The Warney) and Clerical/Celebrity (The Fred)…. Read the full article

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Twenty Years On

September 15, 2012
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Who would have thought that our fun dinner 20 years ago would have spawned an Australian institution? …Twenty years of the catch cry “Keep them nervous” and twenty years of embarrassed and sometimes defiant Ernies winners. At a serious level, the Ernies charts Australian misogyny and provides an important historical record of what men are actually… Read the full article

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Welcome to the new Ernies website

September 11, 2012

What began as a joke has morphed into a fun but deadly attack on Australian male sexism. Each year the Awards receive more and more media attention. The British press has always been fascinated by what they perceive as Australian ockerism.  The change from fun commentary to serious reporting really peaked in 2011 when the… Read the full article

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