Political leadership matters

Levels of public trust in politicians is at its lowest in two decades. Yet we also have political leaders at all levels of government who are willing to tackle significant public policy issues to make people’s lives better.

This exceptional leadership should be recognised and celebrated. The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership sets out to do just that.

Honouring those who have shown vision and the courage of their convictions has never been more important for Australia. It’s time to generate a new conversation about what we all expect from our political leaders.

Be a part of that conversation. Nominate someone you believe has shown the courage and determination we need to achieve positive, long-lasting change for our society.

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Prize launched in Canberra

Prize launched in Canberra

Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, Glyn Davis, and Co-Founder of the Susan McKinnon Foundation, Grant Rule, launched the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership in the Parliament of Australia today.

For enquiries contact the Melbourne School of Government:


The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership is a collaboration between the Susan McKinnon Foundation and the University of Melbourne through the Melbourne School of Government.


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