17 Sep 2010

Abbott wins two awards for sexist comments

2:16 pm on 17 September 2010

Australian Opposition Leader Tony Abbott has taken out two Ernie awards at the 18th annual forum that names and shames public figures for making sexist comments throughout the year.

But he missed out on the top prize, the Gold Ernie, which went to a group of university students at St Paul's College in Sydney for setting up a pro-rape Facebook page.

AAP reports Mr Abbott won a Political Silver Ernie for such comments as "What the housewives of Australia need to understand as they do the ironing...".

He was the favourite to win the category after being nominated eight times. His Treasury spokesperson, Joe Hockey, was twice nominated for such remarks as "(Treasurer) Wayne Swan is to surpluses what Paris Hilton is to celibacy".

The winners are determined by how loud the 300 women who attend the event at New South Wales Parliament House in Sydney howl, hiss and boo the nominations.

The Ernies are named in honour of former Labor Council president Ernie Ecob, who was known for his sexist remarks.