Series 02: Alan Gibson Stewart papers, 1987-1989 - Page 649

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comfortable with six hundred"

"You mean that they would not expect to get any drinks?"

"No. They could go to a pub afterwards if they wanted to."

Cox lit a cigarette. I noticed that his hands were shaking.

"If you can invite that many then Pat Hills should be able to do the same," he said, "his electorate is as much involved as yours."

Pat Hills, the veteran Minister for Industrial Relations, was the member for Elizabeth, the safe city electorate which included Circular Quay.

"What was Pat Hills' majority in the last election?" I asked, raising my voice.

"Well... You won in Manly -- didn't you?"

"Only just... the "Freshwater" being over a year late in arriving did not help."

Cox got up and walked to his window, his back towards me. He started out towards the harbour where "Freshwater" would spend her working life, travelling to and fro to Manly. I sat waiting for an answer. After a long moment, he turned:

"All right, you can give a list of your people to David Hurley."

And so it was that six hundred invitiations were psoted, issued in the name of the Chairman of the

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