Bindjarla’s getting ready become PM one day
WHEN 16-year-old Aboriginal high school student Bindjarla Cook was eight, he decided he wanted to go into politics.
Not just any job, mind you - the Year 11 Alstonville High School student wants to be Prime Minister one day - and his aspiration was built on those oft-eulogised Australian values of equality and fairness.
"I've always been interested in human rights and everyone having access to the same playing field, and I see politics as a way forward to bring that about," he said.
As a first step into public life, Bindjarla recently started a school-based traineeship at Lismore City Council.
He's one of three new Aboriginal school-based trainees who have recently started working one day each week for the council, funded via the Elsa Dixon Aboriginal Employment Program.
Already he's looking forward to "shadowing" mayor Jenny Dowell to see what her role entails - but lately he's been rolling up his sleeves and learning the daily business of a council.
When Bindjarla leaves school, he's aiming to study a dual degree in business and law - the two areas he's really passionate about.
He's also hoping to run a company one day, but insisted it would be "just a side-project".