Peter Slipper second to last on 'trustworthy' Aussies list
FORMER parliamentary speaker Peter Slipper has ranked second last in a Reader's Digest survey rating the trustworthiness of 100 prominent Australians.
Only troubled actor Matthew Newton was considered to be less trustworthy than the Member for Fisher, who stepped down as speaker last year when lewd text messages he sent former staffer James Ashby were made public.
It is the first time Mr Slipper, who will stand as an independent in Fisher having quit the Liberal Party to take up the speakership late in 2011, has featured on the list.
But he is in good company - if that's the right description - with politicians dominating the bottom third of the list.
In fact, 17 of the 30 least trusted people, and eight of the bottom 10, are state and federal politicians, including Prime Minister Julia Gillard who came in at 95th for the second year.
Former opposition leader Malcolm Turnbull was the most trusted politician coming in at 68th on the list, narrowly ahead of former prime minister Kevin Rudd (70th) and the man who ended his time at the helm of the Coalition, Tony Abbott (75th).
It should come as no surprise that politicians ranked 49th out of 50 in the most trusted professions, finishing in front of door-to-door salespeople.
Medical specialists took out the top three places on the list, with neurosurgeon Charlie Teo rated Australia's most trusted personality for the second year in a row.
Burns specialist Fiona Wood - who also came in at no.2 last year - and immunologist and cancer vaccine researcher Ian Frazer rounded out the top three.
Reader's Digest Australia's annual trust survey asked 1200 people to rate on a scale of one-to-10 how much they trusted well-known Australians.
They were also asked to rank professions in order of how much faith they placed in them.
Australia's Most Trusted People
- Charlie Teo, neurosurgeon
- Fiona Wood, burns specialist
- Ian Frazer, immunologist and cancer vaccine researcher
- Chris Riley, founder of Youth Off The Streets
- Ian Kiernan, Clean Up Australia founder
- Mary, Crown Princess of Denmark
- Dick Smith, entrepreneur
- Catherine Hamlin, obstetrician and gynaecologist
- Harry Cooper, TV vet
- Hugh Jackman, actor
Australia's Least Trusted People
- 100. Matthew Newton, actor
- 99. Peter Slipper, federal politician
- 98. Craig Thomson, federal politician
- 97. Eddie Obeid, businessman, former NSW politician
- 96. Kyle Sandilands, radio personality
- 95. Julia Gillard, Prime Minister
- 94. Christine Milne, politician, leader of the Australian Greens
- 93. Stephen Conroy, federal politician
- 92. Wayne Swan, Deputy Prime Minister, Treasurer
- 91. Nathan Tinkler, businessman, mining
- 90. Bill Shorten, politician
Australia's most trusted professions
- Rescue volunteers
- Air traffic controllers
Australia's least trusted professions
- 50. Door-to-door salespeople
- 49. Politicians
- 48. Insurance salespeople
- 47. Call centre staff
- 46. Sex workers
- 45. Real estate agents
- 44. Talkback radio hosts
- 43. Journalists
- 40. Tow-truck drivers
- 42. Taxi drivers
- 41. CEOs