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hurt him. Now he wanted to "clear the air".

"It is very difficult to govern under these circumstances," Wran told journalists, "every day, there is some new allegation, some new slur, and it is very hard to do your ordinary business."

The metropolitan press was again interested in the contest in Manly. The Herald  ran a full page profile of the electorate. It described the politics of dirt:

"The muck  which threatens to bring down Labor in the key seat of Manly is not the kind being thrown in Parliament, but the kind being found on the beaches. Even the sitting Labor member, Alan Stewart is claiming the sewerage issue as a political plus...

"Manly is the most marginal suburban seat in NSW... At the 1981 election Mr Stewart won Manly by little more than 700 votes against the Liberal candidate, Mr Nelson Meers. This year, Mr Stewart faces a new and stronger opponent -- the Manly Mayor and businessman, Alderman David Hay...

"Neither candidate is likely to spend more than $15,000 on his campaign. The Liberal Party poured money into Mr Meers campaign without success. Alderman Hay acknowledges that in 1984 'It would be counterproductive to have a real high-flying polished up campaign'...

"Only three months ago Mr Stewart publicly

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