THEY are only 18, but these three Newstead College students have strong ideas and opinions, which they are now able to put forward.
Ashleigh Casburn, Hannah Osborne and Holly Cooper are first-time voters and will join millions of others across the country to have their say on Saturday on how the future of our country is shaped.
``I'm excited,'' Ms Osborne said.
Ms Casburn said she had always wished she could vote and was glad she finally had the chance.
All three girls are pretty confident they know who they will be voting for and have formed opinions about recently announced policies.
Ms Casburn said she was shocked by the Labor Party's asylum seeker policy and ``the fact that not one of the other parties have come up with anything better''.
``It would be better if we worked out where the problem is coming from,'' Ms Casburn said.
``The processing system that we have obviously isn't working.''
Ms Osborne said that instead of sending people to Papua New Guinea, more needed to be done on providing aid in other countries.
``[We need to] help them so that they don't have to seek asylum to begin with,'' Ms Osborne said.
The girls will all head to university next year and agreed there needed to be more student support, not just financially but also through services.
Ms Cooper said it was time the country allowed same-sex marriage and that gender equality needed more importance.
Getting the facts right, taking a stance on climate change and granting funding that is long lasting are also on the girls' wish lists.
``It's hard distinguishing the facts between what's actually happening and what's just political talk,'' Ms Cooper said.
``So it'd be nice if they stopped playing politics [to provide more clarity].''
The most important things for these 18 year olds:
--A government that is run responsibly and tells the truth.