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Askin was seen to be fond of gambling, he could be excused for being "one of the boys".

        It was necessary to move in sporting circles to win votes.   Nothing more sinister could be imputed to the Premier who knew how to use the common touch so effectively.

      The Askin Government had replaced an ageing Labor regime that had floundered on under increasing barbs from the press.   Askin knew how to handle the media and used it to establish his personal image as a competent leader who would safeguard the interests of decent people.   Law and order were the strongest planks of his political platform.   He found an able lieutenant:   Norman  Allen, his loyal Police Commissioner, who was also a resident of Manly, and something of a media personality.   Together, they brought reassurance of the security of the family and maintenance of   traditional moral values.   At the same time, they were reaping profits from organized crime.

        Both men remained honoured members of the Manly establishment, despite the many rumours that surrounded their activities.   Of all the press, the Manly  Daily  was the most assiduous in protecting the reputations of these illustrious local citizens.   Not a hint of their scandal was permitted in its pages.   Instead, the news columns were filled with court reports of the indiscretions of the common people.

        No mercy was shown for shoplifters, drunks, or

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