Each year, recipients of the McKinnon Prize for Political Leader of the Year and Emerging Political Leader of the Year are determined by a panel of esteemed Australians. Recipients are recognised at an annual awards event and celebrated for the positive impact of their leadership for Australia.
The Hon Tony Smith MP was awarded the 2021 McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership for his work in consistently and impactfully upholding parliamentary standards and ensuring bipartisan accountability within the parliament.
Councillor Teresa Harding was named the 2021 McKinnon Emerging Political Leader of the Year for her work in improving transparency and public accountability in political institutions.
Watch the 2021 recipients of the McKinnon Prize in Political Leadership discuss their work and the role of political leaders.