Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 9, No. 12. September 25, 1946
Frank O'Flynn is a legal luminary and as such he preferred the monetary approach. He quoted figures to show that although the national debt had increased from £320 million to £620 million in ten years, the overseas debt decreased at a time when the overseas debt of all other countries had increased. Some people complained about Social Security fees. In 1933 everyone was paying 8d. in the pound for dole and getting; nothing for it.
New to the Varsity platform is Mr. Benton. His speech was undignified and his manner comic, but his argu-ments though illogical would have found acceptance in a less astute and critical audience.
In 1928 a slump committee with a labour representative recommended sustenance payment for unemployed—nothing more. "We want a little bit of practical evidence. What did Mr. Jordan say in '31?" ("What did Gladstone say in "85?"—Higgin). Nobody had an opportunity of owning State houses. Glancing at Mr. O'Connor he said "We might be Nationalists. Socialists, or Communists." (Cry from whole section of the mob—"You don't look like a Communist."). He continued—"The Government has not socialised the means of production, distribution, and exchange." ("That's not what Mr. O'Connor says.") "I don't give a damn what Mr. O'Connor says." Mr. Benton concluded with a short note about the productivity of State owned mines.