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



John McCreary is not quite typical of the VUC Debating School in that he entertains rather than instructs his audience. On Friday night however he was convinced that "hard cold facts" were necessary to prove his argument to "so intelligent an audience." Nevertheless he began with an anecdote: "In 1929 while the police fought unemployed in the street a small boy crouched behind a shop counter." Yells from the mob made him reword this sentence. From that day to the present, the annual wage bill of the Dominion had increased from £60 million to £170 million. Ten years of Labour rule has seen the farmers' mortgages fall £8½ million. Future policy included reduction of income tax, the building of 12,000 houses a year, and the decentralisation of industry.

With equal effect he dealt with interruptions from Gurth Higgin and the Education Programme. School building, small classes, the free distribution of text books and an increase in the number of University bursaries—all were outlined in the schedule he read. "And dental care for adolescents, Mr. Higgin!" He issued a challenge to the negative show him any such programme for the National Party.