Every year we give Crikey readers the chance to vote for their Arsehat of the Year -- the person that best typified the year's affront to decency, competence or judgement. It's always a crowded and competitive field, and this year many anti-greats didn't even warrant a nomination. Our winner this year had to be a real overachiever in non-achievement.
Winner: Peter Dutton
In some ways, having two-time Crikey Arsehat winner Dutton in the list of nominees is like drafting Lionel Messi to a local under-12s league. Dutton's baseline skills -- a legitimately breathtaking callousness toward refugees, a knee-jerk tendency for inflammatory racial sentiment, and a seeming suspicion of, well, democracy -- make him such a formidable competitor that it hardly seems fair.