And The 2017 Winners Are…
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 should be shocked and visibly upset…that the Commission perpetrated such a hoax. We should be shocked and upset that not one university boss had the guts to call out this fraud of a study”.
SILVER ERNIE (JUDICIAL)
Victorian Judge Christopher Ryan for referring to a 14 year old sexual assault victim as “nubile” and “worldly”.
SILVER ERNIE (INDUSTRIAL)
Ford Dealers who when women complained that their Ford Focus repeatedly lost power without warning, dismissed their complaints as being an issue with “their driving style”.
THE WARNEY (SPORT)
Dale Simmons, President of the Cervantes Tiger Sharks Football Club in WA called AFL umpire Eleni Gloutfsis, “a dopey mole” and “a stupid bitch” and that she would change her mind on umpiring decisions because she was a woman.
THE FRED (CLERICAL/CELEBRITY)
Keysar Trad, Muslim community leader, “using violence against women is a last resort for men, step three after counselling, buying her chocolates or taking her out to dinner”.
THE ELAINE (For remarks least helpful to the Sisterhood)
Louise Roberts, columnist, “If I’m getting paid less than a man for doing the same job, its not his fault. It is mine, through life choices I have made for myself”.
THE GOOD ERNIE (For boys behaving better)
The Australian Cricketers’ Association for holding out to win the women cricketers a massive pay increase.
THE TRUMP (For Habitual Offender)