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profession, spends most of his time in his civic capacity.

"Although Ald Meers has only joined the Liberal Party in recent weeks, he is seen by some as as being a likely Liberal Parliamentary leader. Ald. Meers lives at Northbridge, a factor which would go against him in a preselection contest for Manly.

"It appears that he has turned his eyes towards Manly after realising that he would be facing tough opposition in the seat in his own area, Willoughby.

"Ald Meers could run for both seats. Liberal Party members are entitled to contest preselection for as many seats as they wish..."

Meers was a member of the Civic Reform Association, the Liberal front which had held power in the Sydney City Council since Askin had altered the boundaries and abolished compulsory voting for local government elections.

Nelson Meers and I were the same age, with similar family roots. We had both attended upper-class Catholic colleges (although Meers had been taught by the prosaic Christian Brothers, not the devious Jesuits). Meers' family came from Dubbo in the central western part of the state, not far from my

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