And the 2015 winners are…
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 Page for beginning their obituary on Colleen McCullough – “Plain of feature and certainly over-weight…”
Industrial Silver Ernie
Soho Nightclub – the week after a notorious sexual assault, produced an ad which depicted a scantily-clad young woman who appears to be passed out on the ground with her legs slightly spread and her fingers gesturing a peace sign.
Judicial Silver Ernie
Detective Inspector Michael Hughes speaking after a murder, said while the attack was “chilling”, women needed to take precautions not to be randomly attacked including never being in a public park by themselves.
Clerical Silver Ernie (The Fred) – dead heat
Rev Fred Nile MP for referring to childcare centres as “day orphanages.”
School Principal Omar Hallak who reportedly banned female students from participating in running events because it may cause them to lose their virginity.
The ‘Elaine’ for remarks least helpful to the sisterhood
Miranda Devine – “Feminism is now well past its use-by date. It has just become an excuse for unhinged individuals with Daddy issues to indulge a mean streak.”
The Good Ernie
Luke Ablett – “Another woman killed by a man and we are talking about why women shouldn’t walk in parks. What is wrong Australia?”
The Clinton for Repeat Offender – dead heat
Mark Latham and Tony Abbott