We closed the poll on the website for Australian of the Year today. Remember, it’s unofficial and unscientific. But the readers of the Markets and Money have spoken and the winner is the guy who punched the shark. Congratulations to him. Steve Irwin came in second and the firefighters third.
Two more quick notes on this poll.
First, some readers spoke more than once, with one reader at a sports publicity firm voting for Shane Warne an astonishing 59 times in 15 minutes on Wednesday morning. We don’t know much about run rates or strike rates, but that strikes us as good work for just fifteen minutes. And there was nothing illegal about it since we said you could vote as often as you’d like. Still, the shark puncher won, which speaks the battling character we’ve come to admire in Australians.
Second, we know the shark puncher has a name. But we thought it would be best to leave it out and let the man’s accomplishment speak for itself. We humbly suggest that might be what voters thought of, not the personality but the action. Not the image, but the deed.