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and filming of campaign scenes around the electorate.

Their reporter, Paul Murphy, rang to say that he would spend a day with Meers first, and then the next day with me. I said that this would be fine, except that on the day he would be with me the nominations were to close at noon, and I would have to attend the draw for places on the ballot paper. Murphy said that would be no problem. In fact, his crew might come along to film the draw.

My spies reported that Meers had been interviewed in front of the neo-classical columns of the Manly Council Chambers, clas in a dark blue pin-striped suit, looking very much a city politician. He had then been covered by the camera as he walked down the Corso, and was greeted by an enthusiastic team of supporters, who were wearing Meer's T-shirts.

I decided to dress and act according to my low-key image. Murphy interviewed me sitting in a cane chair in my electorate office. I was wearing a plain brown sportscoat and a soft green "Hunting Stewart" tartan tie.

He led me gently through an explanation of my tasks as local member. I spoke quietly about helping people who came into the office, about some of the Governments projects in the electorate, and about my pragmatic approach to politics.

The interview was continued at North Head. I was filmed walking through the bush to a lookout where we

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