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A conversation between a monarchist and republican on the Queen

Independent Australia
01 Oct 2022, 16:52 GMT+10

The Queen's legacy is complex, John Longhurst writes.

A SUITED-UP Mick balancing two schooners, wended his way through the boisterous crowd to the bar table.

Seated, he kept both schooners before him. Bazza raised an eyebrow:

Mick stiffened his back and touched his black armband. They eyed each other for a short moment.

Bazza licked his lips:

Mick relaxed his shoulders, slid the schooner across and they both took long sips:

Mick's face tightened:

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He replied:

Mick leaned in:

Bazza took a sip:

Mick said:

Immediately Bazza replied:

Mick groaned:

Bazza urged patience:

Mick said:

Bazza agreed:

Mick warned:

Bazza said:

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Bazza paused for a sip:

Mick said:

John Longhurst is a former industrial advocate and political adviser. He currently works as an English and History teacher on the South Coast of NSW.

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