Nominations are now closed for 2020

Thank you for those who have submitted a nomination for the 2020 McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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