PATRICK CARLYON

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

bike, to nearby park­lands where cock­a­toos and para­keets roost. But he must hurry. Alex, 5, must be read­ied for school, along with his older brothers, Joseph and Sa­muel. Vera is here, too, the mum plucked from cen­tral cast­ing. Vera may not have called into talk­back ra­dio lately, but she has wanted to. She is dish­ing out slices of sticky bun. And re­call­ing the time Guy, now 44, wore a Lib­eral Party badge to pri­mary school. And bol­lock­ing him for bar­rack­ing for St Kilda. And feel­ing sad that he doesn’t have time to come for din­ner any more. She un­der­stands, of course. But … “Eigh­teen months,” she says, throw­ing up her hands. Guy has tried — and given up — ex­tolling his mas­tery of Ar­gen­tinian chicken. He ad­mits, good na­turedly, that he thought it would be a good sell in fam­ily and to­geth­er­ness. Now, fi­nally, he is seated on the couch, an­swer­ing ques­tions about the plight he has shared with a men­tor, Jeff Ken­nett, and his po­lit­i­cal foe, Daniel An­drews. He is sharp and dis­ci­plined: none of the black hu­mour that is said to loosen his pri­vate mo­ments. He nods and smiles be­fore each ques­tion is

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