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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 12. September 25, 1946


Each year before the first fresh flush of spring blights the genius of its members, that society for certified intellectuals, the VUC Debating Club, convenes a battle between the Great Men who rule our Fair Land and the Not So Great Men who don't. In the resulting melee few holds are barred and the only practical referee is the audience. For a reason divulged by one of the speakers last Friday night, such a contest could not be held this year, but as an excellent alternative four husky myrmidons—McCreary, O'Connor, O'Flynn and Benton wrangled over a confidence motion in the Government.

Some two hundred persons were present; speeches were vivacious—at times hilarious. There was little constraint and no judge.

From the outset the audience set the pace. A few orations were pacific, but for the most part the whole was a running battle between the speaker and the crowd. And it would be inaccurate to say that Gurth Higgin interjected: rather, was he a competitive speaker throughout the entire evening.