The Button and Missen awards are respectively to the minister and backbencher who "have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to the public interest in the performance of his or her role with Honesty Civility Independence and/or Political Courage, in one or more of the following areas
- Supporting the principles and practice of transparent and accountable government
- Contributing effectively and constructively to parliamentary debate, committee deliberations and/or policy development in a way that promotes and/or supports good parliamentary practice and the institution of parliament.
- Pursuing a change in government policy or practice whether generally or in response to a constituency issue or injustice.
- Protecting peoples’ political and civil rights."
Picking winners in this sort of contest is of course a no win game.
But Senator Faulkner would have to be in with a strong chance for the Missen to match his Button, along with Senators Xenophon, Ludlam, Rhiannon and from the House, Andrew Wilkie, Tony Windsor, Melissa Parke and Judith Moylan.
Then Attorney General Dreyfus may grab the Button for meritoriously rescuing whistleblower protection legislation from the too hard box.
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