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27 March 2006

Three secondary school students will ask federal Minister for the Environment and Heritage Ian Campbell about climate change and the Kyoto Protocol at a Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

The student panel plans to question Senator Campbell about conflict over whaling in the Southern Ocean and Japan's increased kill. Controversial geosequestration technology to deal with carbon dioxide emissions is also likely to be raised, along with the health of the Murray River system.

The Year 12 students are Lindsay Gumley, Pymble Ladies' College, Sydney; Michael Goodwin, Rosny College, Hobart; and Kathleen Neale, Loretto College, Ballarat.

WHAT: Talkback Classroom with Ian Campbell

WHEN: 9.30am, Wednesday, 29 March 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.

Other Talkback Classroom guests at the National Museum this year include Canadian High Commissioner to Australia Michael Leir and Secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Peter Shergold. The first international Talkback Classroom forum of 2006 will take place in Korea in June with student panellists from Korea and Australia.

Student preparation for Wednesday's interview has included meetings with parliamentarians, journalists and other experts organised by the Parliamentary Education Office.

The Ian Campbell interview will be edited and broadcast on ABC Radio National's Life Matters program.

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

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