Home About Nominate Selection Panel Winners Oration News & Media Nominations are now closed for 2020 Thank you for those who have submitted a nomination for the 2020 McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership. Australian leaders recognised for their role in our world-leading pandemic response Unsurprisingly, Australia’s COVID-19 response has featured heavily in weighing the nominees to be shortlisted for the 2020 McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership. Read More Emerging political leaders recognised for strong impact in a year of crisis Australians value politicians who make a real impact on their everyday lives, their communities and economies at a local level. The old axiom that “all politics is local” holds true on Australia, which is why the McKinnon Prize shines a light on emerging leaders. Read More National interest trumps popularity when it comes to strong leadership McKinnon Prize ambassador and former Howard government minister Amanda Vanstone finds it surprising that in a recent survey, more than half of Australians couldn’t name a political achievement or a politician who has had a positive impact this year. Read More On the misinformation superhighway, good political leadership matters more than ever If the Trump era tells us one thing, it’s that the dangers of misinformation and – more disturbingly – disinformation can have a severe impact on public discourse, says McKinnon Prize ambassador and former federal Labor leader Simon Crean. Read More Despite strong gains in 2020 Australians remain disengaged with politics A new survey has found that despite the extreme disruptions of 2020 that have brought the consequences of our political leaders’ decisions directly into the lives of every Australian, we continue to be broadly disengaged in politics as a nation. Read More Amanda Vanstone AO and The Hon Simon Crean appointed as the 2020 ambassadors for The McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership The McKinnon Prize is pleased to announce the appointment of Amanda Vanstone AO and The Hon Simon Crean as ambassadors for the 2020 McKinnon Prize. Read More For enquiries contact the Melbourne School of Government: firstname.lastname@example.org FollowFollow Sign up for McKinnon Prize updates 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.