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television. The electronic media took an unprecedented interest in the ongoing battle for a metropolitan seat -- normally these outlets were only accessable to party heavies for state-wide campaigning. The smiling face was frequently seen on the evening news, displayed in front of some prominent Manly landmark. Several radio commentators, including John Laws, welcomed Meers to their programs. Ironically, the blaze of publicity was so intense that some of it reflected back towards me. Interest was generated in me as the receipient of this massive onslaught. What was it like to be the occupant of a seat which was under such a concerted attack? The differences in style and personality between the flamboyant former Lord Mayor and the low-keyed back-bencher made a good story.

My wagon was still hitched to Wran's star. I was committed to identifying with the popular State Government and Premier. As a Government member, I had to keep the good news rolling. Almost every week Wran or one of his ministers was seen to be awarding Manly another prize. A continuing procession of ministers arrived to support me and to help defeat a self-styled future leader of the Liberals. Following his presentation of the Tourism Task Force Report, Wran returned to open the rebuilt police station, and to open the newly landscaped lookout in the North Head National Park. Frank Walker opened the restored

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