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Satirists share trade secrets with students

13 NOVEMBER 2006

Chris Taylor from the Chaser team will be quizzed about pushing boundaries and perceptions of bias when he faces three secondary students at the year's final Talkback Classroom forum at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra on Wednesday.

The former ABC journalist and presenter will be asked to assess the state of Australian satire in a Talkback Classroom event that also includes interviews with cartoonists Andrew Weldon and Fiona Katauskas.

The Canberra secondary students set to question the Chaser contributor and the cartoonists are Laura Birchall, St Clare's College; Toby Silcock, Alfred Deakin High School; and Bethany Nevile, St Francis Xavier College.

Student preparation for the interview includes a visit to Senator Amanda Vanstone's office to preview her cartoon collection. The students will also meet Liberal member Alan Cadman, once touted up as potential leadership candidate by the Chaser team's CNNNN.

WHAT: Talkback Classroom with Chris Taylor

WHEN: 10.40am, Wednesday, 15 November, 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.

The final Talkback Classroom for the year is linked to the National Museum's annual survey of political cartooning, Behind the Lines, on show from 14 December, 2006.

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 media@nma.gov.au