2021 Recipients Hon Tony Smith and Mayor Teresa Harding with Patricia Karvelas

Former Speaker Tony Smith and Ipswich Mayor Teresa Harding were awarded the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership for 2021, for their efforts to protect and maintain the integrity of our important democratic institutions.

Tony Smith’s commitment to balanced debate in Parliament exemplified the true bipartisan leadership that has helped shape our nation for the better over more than 100 years.

Teresa Harding proved that integrity and accountability are the cornerstones of effective local government.

The winners met with Patricia Karvelas to discuss their work and the role of political leaders in protecting and upholding the foundations of our free, open, optimistic political system.