Five Illawarra students have a good idea what they would do if they were to become Australia's first indigenous prime minister.
As part of The Other Election, a national competition run by the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME), students had to write and record their hypothetical acceptance speeches for the country's top job.
AIME is a charity that connects indigenous high schoolers with university student mentors.
Brittany Luland, from Albion Park High School, Caleb Dungey, from Keira High School, Mara Willingham, from Kiama High School, Acacia Toomey, from Lake Illawarra High and Daneal Kuiper, from Warrawong High School have made it into the top 100 and are now campaigning to make it into the next round. The top 10 will be announced on Monday.
Caleb, 15, spoke about the gaps in life expectancy, health and education between indigenous and non-indigenous Australians in his piece.
Although he had no political aspirations, instead looking to join the Australian Defence Force, he thought it was a good exercise for students to think about what they would change if they had the power.
"As an indigenous Australian, I'd like to see the gap between non-indigenous and indigenous Australians filled," he said. "I'd like to see the gap filled because I'd like to see the stereotype of 'indigenous' broken."
As of yesterday afternoon, Caleb was coming 41st, up from 93rd on Thursday.
Nadia Neal, AIME program manager in Wollongong, worked with the students on their speeches and said she was proud of their efforts.
There were a few recurring themes in what Illawarra students put together, including closing the gap, breaking down stereotypes, reconciliation and recognition of indigenous culture and history.
Ms Neal thought the initiative would encourage students to aim high.
"I believe it gives them the idea of thinking about if they were the first indigenous prime minister, and it puts in their head that one of the students they know could actually get that job."
To watch their speeches and vote in The Other Election, visit theotherelection.com.au.
The final three candidates will deliver their speeches to Prime Minister Tony Abbott in October.