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2012 Crikeys: the good, the arsehat and the sexy

The results for our annual Crikey Readers Choice Awards are in for the Person of the Year, the Arsehat of the Year and our country’s sexiest politicians.

The people — well, you lot — have spoken. The results of Crikey’s annual Readers Choice Awards are in and we reckon the Person of the Year and the Arsehat of the Year winners are particularly deserving this year. No comment about the sexy pollies …

Crikey’s Person of the Year

Last year no one had heard of her. This year, you might not immediately recognise her name, but you’d absolutely know who she is and what she’s done. And even sadder — you’d know what was done to her.

On October 9, 15-year-old Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai was returning home on the school bus when a Taliban gunman boarded, asked for her by name and attempted to shoot her in the head. A finalist in the International Children’s Peace Prize and a 2011 winner of a Pakistan peace prize, Yousafzai was well-known across Pakistan for her support of girls’ education. She wrote a blog for the BBC called “Diary of a Pakistan schoolgirl”.

Yousafzai is now recovering from the Taliban attack in Britain. She was runner-up for Time’s Person of the Year (behind Barack Obama). Here, Obama plays second fiddle to a 15-year-old schoolgirl and we think he wouldn’t mind at all.

Crikey’s Arsehat of the Year

Thanks to chaff bags, “destroying the joint” and dying of shame, it’s no surprise Alan Jones dominated this year’s Arsehat award with a whooping 45% of the vote.

First, in June, the Australian Communications and Media Authority found his dodgy reporting on climate change issues breached the radio code. Then in August, Jones declared high powered female leaders — Julia Gillard, Christine Nixon, Clover Moore — were “destroying the joint”.

But it was his actions in September — when Jones told a Sydney University Liberal Club function that Gillard’s recently deceased father had “died of shame” — that sealed his Arsehat crown. As much as we hope his influence will soon wane, the latest ratings survey has his listeners on the increase.

And we’ve had several complaints that George Pell wasn’t an Arsehat finalist. There’s a few good reason for this: we forgot about him. We crown him with an honorary Arsehat, which we assume he will continue to earn throughout 2013. Fingers crossed for the 2013 title.

And now to the most controversial Crikey reader picks …

S-xiest Male Politician

  1. Malcolm Turnbull (13%)
  2. Scott Ludlam (5%)
  3. Stephen Smith (4%)
  4. Greg Combet (3%)
  5. Jason Clare and Tony Windsor (2% — tied on 44 votes each)

S-xiest Female Politician

  1. Kate Ellis (13%)
  2. Penny Wong (12%)
  3. Tanya Plibersek (11%)
  4. Julia Gillard (9%)
  5. Larissa Waters (7.2%)

Another year, another sexy pollie title for Turnbull and Ellis — third year running for these two. Will their sex appeal ever wane? Still, Ellis only won by seven points, so we’re predicting 2013 will be the year of Wong.

In breaking news, 74 people voted Christopher Pyne as our sexiest female politician. We’re not sure what that means.

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  • 1
    paddy
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

    Two stand out joys from this year’s awards.

    You forgot to put George Pell in the Arsehat comp and were brave enough to admit it. (Bless you)

    Plus Christopher Pyne……. LOL

  • 2
    zut alors
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 1:56 pm | Permalink

    Drat, I squandered a valuable vote on Larissa Waters when it should’ve gone to C Pyne.

    There’s no way the mistake will be repeated next year.

  • 3
    owlcode
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 2:35 pm | Permalink

    Can we repeat this, now with preference flows?

  • 4
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    I was one of those who voted for Pyne as sexiest female, and I feel good about it.

    I also voted for Leveson as Person of the year, and feel good about that as well, even though the actual winner was deserving of the award.

    At least I got it right in the Arsehat category. No contest really.

  • 5
    leone
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

    Malcolm Turnbull sexy? In what universe? Honestly, he’s about as sexy as two week old porridge. I suspect strong input from Malcolm’s eager-to-remain-employed staff in the voting.

  • 6
    Margo
    Posted Monday, 24 December 2012 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    How on earth could the s-xiest male politician not be Rob Oakeshott? No contest, surely.

  • 7
    Steve777
    Posted Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 7:35 am | Permalink

    Good choices in the first two categories. Certainly the competition for the A-hat was intense, with so many Grade 1 A-hats failing to make the shortlist - Tony Abbott, Christopher Pyne, Julie Bishop,Ralph Blewitt and some colourful past NSW political identities…the list is endless

    Jimmy Saville, I thought, was disqualified on the grounds of not having been alive for any part for 2012.

  • 8
    Barbara Boyle
    Posted Wednesday, 26 December 2012 at 10:50 pm | Permalink

    Yes to Penny but for me , John Faulkner leaves MT for dead.

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    Kevin Herbert
    Posted Saturday, 29 December 2012 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Doesn’t anyone get it yet?

    Obama is a common criminal of the ‘murder people you don’t like (and their friends) by drone’ notoriety.

    It’s emblematic of the gulf between geopolitical reality that a site like Crikey can nominate such an odious criminal as a person of the year. I’d vote for Mugabe ahead of Obama, on whose watch more than 300,000 unarmed men, women & children have been murdered by the US & its allies via starvation and military actions.(check out Dr Gideon Polya’s website for a detailoed breakdown)

    If you devote 33% of that number to children murdered, that a total of around 100,000 children…which puts the recent Sandy Hook massacre in a new perspective.
    But no-one including Crikey wants to talk about it.

    In 2012. in Australia we are living in a parallel universe.

    And we wonder why Islam doesn’t like us…really.

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    Patriot
    Posted Monday, 31 December 2012 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

    Women, Muslims, blacks good, shock jocks bad.

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