Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 22, No. 8. August 3, 1959
Judging from the number of times the new members of Exec are moving adjournments, weariness is chronic with them.
Apart from Messrs Hercus, Davy, Brooker and Deacon, who start guiltily and move fresh motions at the drop of a brick, all show a kind of flaccid pliability, a dozey lack of alertness that makes for shapeless and haphazard debate and erratic, arbitrary decision.
It is bound to happen that on a committee of thirteen no one piece of business can interest all members at once. This does not excuse refusal to participate in and help guide the course of argument. Consider this:—
Mr Armour Mitchell had sent Exec a letter complaining about the non-renewal of his appointment as the Student Rep. on the City Public Relations Advisory Committee. He had formerly made it as clear as he could that our interests would best be served by his remaining our representative. David Davy, elected as our new representative, generously withdrew.
There was a scramble to nominate Mr Mitchell, who was elected unanimously. Now at the last meeting Exec had also decided that the Student Rep. should hold office for 18 months.
This was now revoked on Mr Davy's motion 8-4.
Then damn our eyes and ears, Mr Brooker moved that the Student Rep. should hold office for 18 months—not just that Mr Mitchell should, but that every representative should.
They then restored the 18-month period 10-2. This took, in all, ten minutes. Dozey, I say.