On the right Lines
By LEONIE BRANN
PHOEBE Lines wants to be the Prime Minister of Australia when she grows up.
The 17-year-old Wollumbin High School student is an "idealist" who wants to make a difference, who believes it is up to young women like her to make their mark, and offer a point of difference, in a world she sees as still dominated by men and a more masculine, less-caring view.
"Let's face it we still live in a man's world," the student leader said.
"I am a bit of a feminist at heart, and think there is a better way to do things.
"I don't mean to sound radical, but I really don't like John Howard and the way he does things. One day I would like to be Prime Minister and do things differently...make a difference."
The student who topped her year in her Korean language studies last year, will get her chance to help find ways to make a difference, when she attends the five-day Young Women's Leadership Academy conference at the University of Sydney, later this month.
As one of only 22 New South Wales girls to attend the thinktank conference, Phoebe says she was "absolutely amazed" at her selection for the academy, and she can't wait to meet some of the female politicians, social and business leaders that have been booked to speak at the conference.
Although she doesn't know which women with power she will get to meet, Phoebe said she is sure she will be inspired by what they have to say.
"I can't wait to meet all of these other young women who have similar ideals as me and think like me," she said.
"I am hoping to be inspired by the experience of meeting women who are in positions of power and learning how they make a difference in the political and business world."
Her accommodation has been provided at the university and her flights covered as part of her scholarship.
"I would like to end up being a politician or a journalist ? I want to do something that will make a difference," she said.