Top gongs for low acts

Updated April 18 2018 - 10:05pm, first published October 17 2011 - 5:00pm

THE NIGHT came alive with the sound of booing at NSW Parliament House on the occasion of the 19th annual Ernie Awards. These gongs are bestowed upon those said to be guilty of sexism. Among the favourites for the Gold Ernie were Kyle Sandilands for saying of Clover Moore, ''Let's face it, this woman's 80... Go to the retirement village you old clown''; the Dalai Lama for assuming Australia's Prime Minister was a man, ''I have nothing to ask him ... there's no point to seek advice from him''; and Christopher Pyne for calling Julia Gillard a ''harridan'' in Parliament. The Ernies are awarded in the categories of political, industrial, judicial, media, sport (the ''Warney'') and celebrity/clerical (the ''Fred''). Tony Abbott won the political ernie for telling Julia Gillard to make an ''honest woman'' of herself and standing in front of ''Bob's Bitch'' and ''Ditch the Witch'' signs at an anti-carbon tax rally. Ex St Kilda, Sydney and Hawthorn ruckman Peter ''Spider'' Everett won the ''Warney'' for his comment about women going home with football players. Spider allegedly tweeted "Girls!! When will you learn! At 3am when you are blind drunk & you decide to go home with a guy ITS NOT FOR A CUP OF MILO!" The overall winner of the Gold Ernie was still unknown as The Canberra Times went to press, but thanks to the joys of the internet we can now confirm it went to News Ltd columnist Andrew Bolt.

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