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The Victorian Premier has been nominated for Political Leader of the Year.
Daniel Andrews has been recognised for the way he guided his state during the deadly and devastating second lockdown.
He was he only state premier to be nominated for the 2020 McKinnon Prize, which is described as a 'nonpartisan and independent award'.
The annual gong is given to those 'who have successfully tackled vital issues of public policy, overcome adversity and achieved real change for the public good'.
The nomination statement said: "Throughout the crisis, he [Mr Andrews] based key decisions on expert health advice - a brave approach which led to some less popular decisions.
"Although Andrews was criticised for the devastating failings of Victoria's hotel quarantine system, he was acknowledged for swiftly calling an inquiry into the system, and for committing to act on its recommendations."
In addition to Andrews, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has also been nominated for his actions in locking down the country's borders when the coronavirus pandemic was spreading across the world.
He was also instrumental in introducing policies that aimed to protect Australians and urged Aussies to treat each other with respect.
Other notable politicians who are up for the prestigious award include Health Minister Greg Hunt, Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt and Treasurer Josh Frydenberg.
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