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21 August 2006

Three secondary school students will question Australia's most senior public servant, the Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Dr Peter Shergold, at a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday morning.

The student panel plans to question Dr Shergold on accountability, giving governments 'frank and fearless' advice, the politicisation of the public service and a range of other topics.

The Year 11 students set to question Dr Shergold are Annelise Nielsen, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth; Timothy Gorton, Xavier College, Melbourne; and Else Kennedy, Penrith High School, Sydney.

WHAT: Talkback Classroom with Dr Peter Shergold

WHEN: 9.25am, Wednesday, 23 August 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. Future guests include Bill Shorten, National Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union.

Broadcast media note: A live, head-on TV shot of Dr Shergold 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

The National Museum of Australia is an Australian Government Agency.

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