||Issue No. 234||20 August 2004|
Interview: Trading Places
Safety: Snow Job
Politics: In the Vanguard
Unions: Gentle Giant Goes For Gold
Bad Boss: 'Porker' Chases Blue Ribbon
International: Cruising For A Bruising
History: Under the Influence
Economics: Working Capital
Review: Fahrenheit 9/11
Poetry: Bad Intelligence Rap
Satire: Osama Bin Manchu
The Locker Room
Tom Relieves Himself
System Screws Workers
Tony Winner Bags an Ernie
The directive bagged Aussie Post the Industrial Ernie but was not enough to take the Gold Ernie from Toohey's for an advertisement where rugby fans offered their sisters to the Wallabies.
The Ernies, dedicated to the former Labor Council president Ernie Ecob are organised by NSW Legislative Council president Meredith Bergmann in honour of his legendary observation that female shearers should not be tolerated in shearing sheds because all they were interested in was the sex.
Bergman says while the Ernie awards were inspired by the blokey culture of the union movement in the early nineties, the focus is now on the broader community.
"Trade unionists have so cleaned up the act - that industrial is now a sidelight - and the bosses always win!"
The Full List of Winners, voted by popular acclaim - or boos - from a dinner attended by 400 inappropriately dressed women at NSW Parliament were:
The Gold "Ernie" - Tooheys Advertising - A bunch of Wallaby supporters hold up a banner at the game which says "Boys, if you win you can have our sisters." The banner has arrows pointing to "their sisters" in the seats beside them.
The "Warney" (for sport) - Bulldogs Chief Executive Malcolm Noad -
"Let's believe nothing happened in Coffs Harbour."
Media "Ernie" - P P McGuiness - "The crude abuse coming from many of the ageing feminists and their ideological children who have for years repeated the tired stuff about women having the sole rights over their own bodies, as if there were no moral or ethical issue beyond that, merely shows that they have devoted no serious thought to the issue since the 1970s."
Political "Ernie" - John Howard for:
- vetoing the $20 million campaign against domestic violence because it was too "anti-male,"
- arguing against a paid maternity leave scheme, saying "it would not increase the fertility rate or improve job security,"
- criticising Mark Latham for not wanting to change the Anti-Discrimination Act to allow male-only scholarships for teachers, and
- describing as "crazy" the ALP's plan to offer casual workers the option of permanent part-time work with holiday pay and sick leave entitlements saying "women will be the biggest losers."
Judicial "Media" - Melbourne Barrister, Paul Reynolds - for saying to a client, "just let me feel those puppies then" (he was not referring to her pets)
Industrial "Media" - Australia Post - for telling female staff at the Bondi Junction Post office that if they wanted to be at the opening of the new Post Office they should lose weight, and cutting the maternity leave of a worker from 12 to 6 weeks when her baby was born 13 weeks premature on the basis that this was 12 weeks earlier than the date she had nominated.
The "Anon" (the Good "Ernie" for boys behaving better) - Adam Goodes - for saying his mum was his inspiration and for taking her to the Brownlow Dinner.
The "Elaine" (for the remark least helpful to the Sisterhood) - Jackie Kelly, Federal Member for Lindsay - "No-one in my electorate goes to uni... it's pram city."
The "Clinton" (for repeat offenders) - Tony Abbott
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