One of two West Australian teenagers are in the running be the first indigenous 'prime minister'.
While Tony Abbott was recently elected to the nation's top job, students Shannon Hart-Cole and Jayden Gerrand from Warnbro Community High School and Trinity College placed in the top three of a simulated campaign to vote for Australia's first indigenous prime minister, known as The Other Election.
High school students of Aboriginal descent across the country are given two hours to write, rehearse and record a speech they would deliver as Australia's first indigenous prime minister.
The initiative aims to show that it is possible for Australia to have an indigenous PM in this lifetime.
Shannon's speech focused on equality for all.
"So it doesn't matter if you're black, white, red, yellow or... purple, we are all Australians and we deserve to be treated equally," he said.
In his speech posted online, he recalled an incident one Australia Day when he and his friends were racially abused.
"I believe that's not good enough, I believe we deserve better, I believe it's time for something new, something fresh and something deadly," Shannon said.
Jayden targeted the youth vote in his speech.
"This speech is for all the people wearing Air Jordans taking a shot, for all of you who watched the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, or played Super Mario Brothers on their Super Nintendo," he said.
Jayden asked for the support of both "dreamers" and "those afraid to dream" saying obstacles could be overcome.
"If you dare to dream, I will stand with you," he said.
Shannon received 6699 votes and Jayden 6749, placing them second and third in the election, with Victorian student Danae Haynes receiving the most votes.
The three students will visit Canberra where they will meet PM Tony Abbott and deliver their speeches to him.