Who were the heroes, villains and just plain boring-if-sexy people of 2009? We have our thoughts, but in the interests of participatory democracy we thought we’d ask you, gentle Crikey readers.

Nominate now in our time-honoured end of year categories:

Crikey’s person of the year (a nice award) and Australia’s sexiest politician (boy and girl divisions).

We also have, for their second year, the Crikey Arsehat Awards, a range of key categories climaxing in what is destined to become a landmark in Australian public life, Crikey’s Golden Arsehat for the most appalling person of the year.

Today we are asking for your nominations and in the “Person of the Year” and “Golden Arsehat” categories, a brief supporting statement. If you like.

On Friday we will run a briefer survey bringing the top nominations together for the actual voting.

Then, next Wednesday, just before we adjourn for our summer break, we’ll name this year’s winners.

So nominate now. In the survey that follows you’ll find space to enter a single name in each category.

Think carefully and nominate wisely: their arsehats are in your hands.


Peter Fray

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