Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 17. August 3, 1950
Sir, Your report, of the walkout at the S.G.M. is, I suggest, somewhat misleading. The motion regarding W.F.D.Y. was put forward only three weeks after a decisive vote of 119-57 at the A.G.M. Previous motions for disaffiliation were repeated, I concede, but not after such a short interval, and not after such a clear vote (two I traced were 80-101 and 75-81).
There are at least 57 W.F.D.Y. supporters whose opinions we must respect but at the same time I think these people should let the subject drop unless they can both (1) assemble new matter and (2) secure an audience a lot larger than their own strength of 57 at the A.G.M. Otherwise, the interest and patience of the opposition section of the audience is lost as it was last week.
What I found a great deal more disconcerting was a report of the same meeting's Korean resolution which was front page news in the "People's Voice" published the day before the "Salient" report. I do not think the meeting was aware that it was being reported to an "outside paper, and I suggest that a clear ruling on newspaper reporting is desirable for future general meetings of the Association.
A. W. Cook.
(The report of the walkout is we suggest, not in the slightest misleading. This letter is, though; for the WFDY motion, if passed, would not have reaffiliated the Association—it merely suggested that we keep in touch. It can by no means be called a misleading report.
Was Mr. Cook aware that the AGM was also reported.—by the Southern Cross! Did he Question it at that time! Ed.)