At an election event in Wodonga on Thursday, Justine Underhill was one of few spectators aged under 40.
But the 17-year-old wasn't there to listen - she was there to present a petition to Indi candidates on behalf of 100 peers who can't vote.
"I felt powerless, but I thought there's so much passion from youth, so why not channel that?" she said.
"We had a forum at the Sustainable Activity Centre and decided what issues we'd like to raise.
"They were improved mental health services, an improved V/Line service, a youth minister and genuine action on climate change.
"There's a lot of people still denying climate change and young people are really worried about it."
Justine spoke with independent candidate Helen Haines and Labor's Eric Kerr, who "was one of the first to sign" her petition on Change.org.
Her letter calls for "a pathway to 100 per cent clean energy".
On a youth minister she adds; "We currently see little advocacy or representation of youth affairs in federal parliament. It was previously a portfolio started by Malcolm Fraser in 1978, then abolished by Tony Abbott in 2013.
"With everything that impacts youth, from youth mental health and suicide, to employabilty, to climate change, we need someone in cabinet advocating for youth and our interests."
Action on climate and stopping the Adani coal mine will be the call of another group of young people planning to 'strike' at the Albury Public School voting centre.
Organiser Luca Lamond said with youth enrolment being at an all time high of 89 per cent, there was a movement to make this "the climate election".
"I'm 17 and 50 weeks, just two weeks too young to vote," he said.
In other news:
"I can't have a say, so I need others to cast their vote with my future front and centre in their minds.
"Politicians are great at making decisions for themselves, but it's about time our pollies make decisions for our futures.
"After all, the leaders of our country won't have to live in the planet they leave behind."