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the bone. I'll have to do it all over again for the next election, without any margin for error."

Standing there in the hallway with my biologist friend, I realised that my political path was heading towards an inevitable end; sooner or later the conservative establishment would snatch back the territory that they considered to be their inheritance.

Socialists were a rare and endangered species on the Peninsular. I had just held on to Manly this time, when Wran was at the height of his popularity, and when the Government was seen to be conducting a generally efficient administration.

I turned towards the expectant crowd. A tipsy man tried to push a can of beer into my hand. I brushed it aside, and pushed my way into the lounge room; to make a speech claiming victory.

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