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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 17. August 9, 1939

Advance Orstrailia Fair!

Advance Orstrailia Fair!

It gives me great pleasure to welcome these young New Zealanders, and I only wish more of our young men would take up the noble art of public speakin' instead of wastin' their time boozin and gamblin'.

—Mayor of the City of Greater Newcastle.

A Melbourne Communist addressing an open air meeting: "All the by-elections have gone against the Government. If I were Mr. Menzies I'd make quite certain that no more Government members died."

"But Housing Commissions alone will not abolish slums. A complete cure can only be effected by smashing the whole bloody economic system."

—An important and respectable executive officer in Australia chatting with N.Z.U. Debaters.

"Oratory has been called the harlot of the arts. When I recollect the orators throughout the ages, I say, 'Gentlemen, put me with the harlots."'

—An Australian King's Counsel at Adelaide Law Students' Dinner attended by N.Z.U. Debaters.

We had an appointment with the Australian Broadcasting Commission. They sat us down at a table, told us to chat for fourteen minutes on University Life in New Zealand, and put it on to a record straight away. Shades of Shelley! We talked and chatted and interrupted for fourteen minutes—It was terrible trash. The programme organiser then emerged from the control room and told us it was excellent. I can only presume that the standard of broadcasting is lower in Australia than in New Zealand (if possible).

—Extract from letter (N.Z.U. Debaters).