27 September 2013

Werribee student front runner in The Other Election

The Other Election

You still have time to vote in The Other Election.

Last month we asked you to throw your support behind an election of another kind: The Other Election – an initiative by AIME that showcases over 600 Indigenous students in years 10-12 delivering what would be their inaugural speech as Australia’s first Indigenous Prime Minister.

Ten of Australia’s brightest young Indigenous leaders have now been chosen to deliver their inaugural speeches as Prime Minister.

Danae Haynes from Wyndham Central College is one of the ten who received the most votes through an online poll tallying over 40,000 votes.

Danae’s speech centred on her own experience with overcoming stereotypes.

“So many times when I have told someone that I am Indigenous, their whole perspective of me changes,” said Danae. “At these times I feel little. I am made to be less than everyone else. I am put in a situation where I am made to feel bad about myself.”

Mentored by the Head of Corporate Affairs at News Corp, Stephen Browning, and AIME Assistant Operations and Communications Manager at RMIT University, Addie Walsh, Danae drew inspiration from the American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr, and vowed to bring about equality for all in her speech.

“50 years ago, Martin Luther King delivered a speech in which he conveyed hope that one day, we will not be judged by the colour of our skin, but by the content of our character.”

“If you vote for me as your Prime Minister, I will lead this change and help create an environment where everyone can stand tall and be proud of who they are.”

We encourage you to get behind this great initiative by voting in The Other Election.

Voting closes Sunday 29 September at 11:59pm.

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