And the 2018 Winners Are…
GOLD ERNIE & SPORT SILVER ERNIE (THE WARNEY)
Cricket Australia for sacking a female employee, Angela Williamson after she campaigned for abortion reform on social media.
POLITICAL SILVER ERNIE
Barnaby Joyce – referring to his daughters during the Equal Marriage campaign, “We know that the best protection for those girls is that they get themselves into a secure relationship with a loving husband, and I want that to happen.”
MEDIA SILVER ERNIE
Tim Blair – “February 11: International Day of Women and Girls in Science. Frankly, wasn’t it better when they used rabbits.”
CELEBRITY SILVER ERNIE
Don Burke who used his self-diagnosed Asperger’s syndrome to excuse sexual harassment charges against him.
JUDICIAL SILVER ERNIE
Magistrate Michael Barko who described a domestic assault charge as “a lower-end allegation that happens in every second house” and accused the woman of “slapping the court in the face” for failing to turn up.
INDUSTRIAL SILVER ERNIE (Dead Heat)
Coopers Hotel Newtown for posting on social media ”Keep calm and slap a bitch as we approach the finals of this year’s NRL!”
Sky News The Outsiders program - After criticism of the sexist attack on Sarah Hanson-Young, they sacked the junior woman producer who wrote the strapline, the only woman working on the show.
THE ELAINE (For Remarks Least Helpful to the Sisterhood)
Minister Michaelia Cash – “If you want to start discussing staff matters, be very, very careful. Because I’m happy to sit here and name every young woman in Mr Shorten’s office over which rumours in this place abound. ”
THE GOOD ERNIE (For Boys Behaving Better)
Former Sydney Swans player, Brandon Jack – “The following statement is true: rape culture is real. If you roll your eyes at these words, dismissing the idea as an overreaction by hypersensitive feminists, then you are part of the problem. This is something we can no longer hide from – so please, don’t weep for your toxic masculinity.”
THE TRUMP (For Repeat Offender)
Tony Abbott (again)