A selection of past winners of Australian Father of the Year:
1959 The Hon J. J. Cahill, M.L.A. Premier of New South Wales
1964 The Right Hon. Sir Robert Menzies, K.T.CH.,Q.C.,M.P., Prime Minister of Australia
1968 His Excellency The Right Honourable Lord Casey, P.C.,GC.M.G,C.H.,D.S.O.,M.C., K.SU., Governor General of Australia
1974 His Excellency The Honourable Sir John Kerr, K.C.M.G.,K.St.J., Governor-General of Australia
1976 The Right Honourable Malcolm Fraser, M.P., Prime Minister of Australia
1997 The Honourable (!) John Howard MP, Prime Minister of Australia
So how is nominating Terry Hicks politicising the award?
I think Ruddock is just jealous. After all, he's such a good political father figure, isn't he?