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handing it back to the butcher in front of a crowd of his curious customers.


Even the clergy could run foul of the letter of the law. One morning I received a deputation of an Armenian Bishop and three of his avisers, anxious to discuss their difficulties with Warringah Council.

His Lordship Bishop K.V. Kazanjian, a small middle aged man with neatly trimmed goatee beard, was dressed in a grey business suit. He spoke fluent English with an American accent.

As the newly arrived spirtual head of the Armenian community in Sydney, he had needed to find a suitable residence. A large, two-storey house had been purchased at North Manly, in the Waringah Shire part of my electorate. The bishop (a  celibate) and his secretary had moved in, and his ecclesiastical administration was now conducted from the premises.

In order to identify the residence, two flagpoles were erected on the front lawn, with a sign supported between them. The sign bore the bishop's coat of arms in attractive colours. However, a building application had not been made to the Council, which ordered that the sign be taken down. The flag poles were acceptable, but such a suspended sign contravened the Council's code for residential zones--although a hundred yards away in the same street there was a service station

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