Published 22nd June, 2011

Professor Ian Frazer has a string of achievements after his name. Being identified as one of the most trusted people in Australia is just another addition.

The Reader's Digest Trust Survey which was released today, listed The University of Queensland Diamantina research leader as the third most trusted person in 2011.

More than 1000 Australians were asked to rate 100 well-known people on how much they believe in them, with the number one position being deemed the most trustworthy.

Coming in at the top of the list as the most trusted person was public health specialist and former Australian of the Year, Fiona Stanley. Australia's first female Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn, came in at second.

Professor Ian Frazer was ranked third place, identified as award-winning immunology and cancer researcher.

"The Top Ten is dominated by people who 'care and respect', while the tail end of the field is full of politicians, businessmen and controversial sports figures," Reader's Digest said.

Names amongst the bottom 10 are media mogul Rupert Murdoch at 90, former sports agent Ricky Nixon at 93 and actor Mel Gibson at 96.

Shane Warne, Australian cricketer, came in at 100, rendering him the list's least trusted person.

 

The 10 most trusted people in 2011:

1. Public health specialist, Fiona Stanley

2. Australia's first female Nobel Laureate, Elizabeth Blackburn

3. Award-winning immunologist and cancer researcher, Professor Ian Frazer

4. Neurosurgeon, Charlie Teo

5. Victoria Cross recipient, Corporal Mark Donaldson

6. Burns specialist, Fiona Wood

7. CSIRO Chairmain, Simon McKeon

8. Founder of Youth off the Streets charity, Father Chris Riley

9. High Court Chief Justice, Robert French

10. Science commentator, Karl Kruszelnick

 

The 10 least trusted people in 2011:

90. News Corporation CEO, Rupert Murdoch

91. Consolidated Press Holdings executive chairman, James Packer

92. Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd

93. Sports agent, Ricky Nixon

94. Former Liberal Party leader, Malcolm Turnbull

95. Deputy Prime Minister, Wayne Swan

96. Actor, Mel Gibson

97. Prime Minister, Julia Gillard

98. Opposition Leader, Tony Abbott

99. Former AFL player, Brendan Fevola

100. Cricketer, Shane Warne

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