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Dec 20, 2013

Crikey Awards: your pick for the best (and worst) person of the year

Crikey readers have spoken. We have your Person of the Year and Arsehat of the Year. Plus which silver fox got your nod for sexiest male pollie?

Cathy Alexander — Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

Cathy Alexander

Freelance journalist and PhD candidate in politics at the University of Melbourne

The most important poll of the year has ended and the results are in. That’s right, more than 2200 people voted in our 2013 Crikey awards. The winners — and you were very decisive this year — are …

Crikey 2013 Person of the Year: Edward Snowden

He changed what we know about how United States authorities spy on people. His leaks unveiled a secret government surveillance network that stretched much further and deeper than most of us had realised. He started a global conversation; he became a fugitive. He was a traitor to his country, he was a hero to those who value transparency and personal privacy.

To different people Edward Snowden is all those things, but to Crikey readers he is the 2013 Person of the Year.

Snowden, who won just over 35% of the vote in our poll, was a runaway winner, ahead of runner-up Cathy McGowan on 17% (she famously toppled Sophie Mirabella in the federal election). Peter Fox, the policeman who blew the whistle on the sexual abuse of children by the clergy, came third.

It’s a more emphatic result than last year, when shot Pakistani schoolgirl and advocate for girls’ education Malala Yousafzai just nudged out Barack Obama for the gong.

Who should be Crikey’s Person of the Year for 2013?

Crikey 2013 Arsehat of the Year: Campbell Newman

Queensland Liberal National Party Premier Campbell Newman decided to take on bikies with draconian laws that criminalise certain types of association and send bikies to prison for much longer than other people who commit the same crime. There’s some public and media support for the move, but legal experts, civil libertarians and bikies are up in arms. Crikey readers have sided with the latter group — 31% of you voted for Newman (and not in a good way). Qantas CEO Alan Joyce was a distant second, edging out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, suspected of using chemical weapons on his own people. Make of that what you will.

Last year’s Arsehat was Alan Jones; while he’s still ranting on the radio, he’s seen as less influential this time around.

Who should be Crikey’s Arsehat of the Year for 2013?

Sexiest male politician: Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull may have just become a grandfather, but he’s still got it — apparently. It’s the fourth consecutive year he’s taken out the title.

  1. Malcolm Turnbull (Liberal)
  2. Scott Ludlam (Green) — some voted for his hair
  3. Clive Palmer (PUP)
  4. Jason Clare (ALP)
  5. Adam Bandt (Green)

Other responses included “Error 404. Sexy male politician not found,” and “Doug Cameron’s accent”.

Sexiest female politician: Tanya Plibersek

It’s a different story in this category, where Labor’s Kate Ellis has been toppled from her long-held No 1 perch by a rising star (and now deputy leader). Meanwhile, veteran Bronwyn Bishop’s stern style as Speaker seems to have won her fans.

  1. Tanya Plibersek (ALP)
  2. Kate Ellis (ALP)
  3. Bronwyn Bishop (Lib)
  4. Penny Wong (ALP)
  5. Larissa Waters (Green)

We also received votes for Dame Enid Lyons and Michaelia Cash’s hair, while Sarah Hanson-Young and Christopher Pyne got roughly the same number of votes. Must be an Adelaide thing.

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37 thoughts on “Crikey Awards: your pick for the best (and worst) person of the year

  1. mikeb

    Bronny at nbr 3? Survey just lost a LOT of credibility.

  2. Grumpy Old Sod

    Bronny at number 3 makes me wonder if there’s a significant S&M component within Crikey’s readership. Whips at 3 paces anyone?

  3. Kevin Herbert

    Who on earth compiles these facile lists?

    They’re inconsequential…cubed.

    How about a more democratic call for nominations by Crikey subscribers, and then put those up for a vote.

  4. Kevin Herbert

    Note to Cathy Alexander:

    you say: “….edging out Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, suspected of using chemical weapons on his own people”.

    Check out Seymour Hersh’s take on the Obama line re chemical weapons on Assad before you make such unfounded allegations…really…we expect more from a Crikey senior staffer.

  5. Slomo

    Kevin it says ‘suspected’…are you seriously suggesting Assad isn’t even suspected of gassing his own people? If so you must have sniffed some gas yourself.

  6. paddy

    mikeb. Putting Bronny at no3 just shows Crikey subscribers have fine sense of humour.
    Plus they’re even better at trolling than George Brandis.

  7. Kevin Herbert


    so you judge events based on I right?

    Where’s the evidence?

  8. Max Andrews

    Slomo, I am with Kevin Herbert. Your comment just reflects the typically pathetic and unresearched MSM view put out by those news parrots.

    Crikey needs to hold it’s line in these matters or go and join the rest of the Thinktanks and stop pretending to be something you are not.

  9. cyberfysh

    Kevin @2, it was a write-in poll, not a supplied list, so perfectly “democratic”.

    And it’s supposed to be a bit of fun, so why so grumpy??

  10. Electric Lardyland

    And where can I buy these arsehats? I’m sure many of my friends up here in Queensland, would love one for Christmas. Are they decorative little bonnets, that are one part buttock and one part Mr Newman? Or are they something that you wear around your backside, that has an appropriate representation of the Member for Ashgrove on each cheek?

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