5th February 1996
At first glance, it could be a Blue Mountains Sunday barbecue just like any other: open shirts and children’s voices; new-mown grass and crates of Carlton; the smell of charbroiled sausages in hot, still air.
But look again, and the tell-tale signs emerge: the odd sprinkling of electronic equipment on the lawn; the security men with nervous eyes; the strange preponderance, in the crowd, of mobile phones: a special guest, an unusual guest, is approaching. Indeed, as John Derum, actor, Australian Labour party member and host for the afternoon, quips, “It’s not every day…
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