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11 September 2006

Australian Workers' Union national secretary Bill Shorten will be quizzed about his political leadership ambitions when he appears at a Talkback Classroom interview at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra this Wednesday.

Three secondary school students will question the new Labor candidate for the Federal seat of Maribyrnong on a range of topics including his pre-selection battle with Bob Sercombe, his stance on uranium mining and the impact of his increased media profile during the Beaconsfield mining rescue.

The students set who will quiz Mr Shorten are: Michael Hands, Year 12, Emmanuel College, Carrara, Queensland; Sharon Stratton, Year 12, Narrabundah College, ACT; and Grace Keyworth, Year 11, Lake Ginninderra College, ACT.

WHAT: Talkback Classroom with Bill Shorten

WHEN: 10.25am, Wednesday, 13 September, 2006

WHERE: Studio, National Museum of Australia, Canberra

Talkback Classroom gives students access to key politicians and public figures as part of the national civics curriculum.

Broadcast media note: A live, head-on TV shot of Mr Shorten will be available from Black Mountain Tower.

For more information please contact Dennis Grant on 02 6208 5351, 0409 916 481 or Leanda Kitchen on 02 6208 5338, 0438 620 710 or email

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