IF Kalinda Palmer was Australian prime minister, learning indigenous culture would be mandatory.
Daniel Lockhart would focus on making education equitable, Sanchaz Charles would provide more resources to remote communities and Letisha Maraltadj would focus on sport and closing the indigenous gap.
The four Ballarat Grammar School students are all taking part in The Other Election, where more than 700 students have written and recorded speeches on what they would do if they were Australia’s first indigenous prime minister.
It is an initiative of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience which fosters about 2000, indigenous students across Australia.
Year 10 student Kalinda, who is from Broome, said she linked her speech to personal experience.
“A businessman in Melbourne wouldn’t be aware of the struggles small communities are having. People think things like the slums of India don’t happen in Australia, but they do and they need to be helped,” Kalinda said.
Daniel’s speech focused on his grandmother, who had to sneak into school due to being indigenous.
Sanchaz, from Beagle Bay in Western Australia, said she was also passionate about sport and resourcing remote areas.
Letisha, who was absent yesterday, has also been proactively pushing her speech on social media.
People can vote for the speeches at theotherelection.com until September 29.
The top 10 students will attend a three-day workshop in Sydney, while the top three will speak to the Federal Parliament.