A couple of weeks after Peter Garrett won the seat of Kingsford Smith in the 2004 Federal Election he was taking a dip a Maroubra Beach when all of a sudden he turned grey and collapsed on the sand.
The very healthy then 51-year-old could not stand up, and told lifeguards he felt dizzy and didn’t know what had happened. “He looked really confused and quite distressed,” said lifeguard Paul Julian.
Later at Prince of Wales Hospital Garrett was cleared of anything other than a fainting spell. It’s generally not the sort of thing that happens to people who are 100 per cent thrilled and confident about the major life change they’ve just made.
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