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2019 McKinnon Prize Winners
McKinnon Prize 2019 Winners: Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp

McKinnon Prize 2019 Winners: Gladys Berejiklian and Sally Capp

Two women have been honoured with the 2019 McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership, a non-partisan award recognising courageous, visionary and collaborative political leadership each year. New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian was awarded the McKinnon Political Leader of the Year and Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp the McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year.

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The strong leaders

The strong leaders

Penny Wong and Jordon Steele-John are the 2018 winners of the McKinnon Prize for Political Leadership recognising courageous, visionary and collaborative political leadership. The winners were recognised at the McKinnon Oration and Award Ceremony on 29 March 2019.

Penny Wong: On change

Penny Wong: On change

When the young union legal officer Penny Wong, active in Labor politics since her university days, considered a run for federal parliament, she concluded that her options were severely limited.

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Is our democracy broken?

Is our democracy broken?

While many Australians are still coming to terms with having five Prime Ministers in as many years, what does the future look like for the world’s sixth oldest continuous democracy?

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Follow the Leader

Follow the Leader

In this Quarterly Essay, McKinnon Prize selection panel member Laura Tingle writes on democracy and the rise of the strongman.

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Nominations now open

Nominations now open

You can nominate a politician for the inaugural McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership. Recipients will be recognised for their impact, vision and courage.

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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.

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Selection Panel announced

Selection Panel announced

The Selection Panel for the inaugural McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership has been announced, including two former prime ministers and eleven other distinguished Australians from all walks of life.

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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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