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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25. No. 13. 1962

Debate

Debate

Dear Sir,—I feel that "bad taste in the Nordmeyer-Shand (Parliamentary) Debate reached its zenith in the remarks of the Minister for Immigration when commenting on a prior speech by Mr Dwyer.

Mr Shand: "Anyone who makes fun out of race relations in this country needs a good hard kick on the backside." Raising the sacred cow of race relations was somewhat wide of the mark. Except for on, Asian student who missed Irony and thought Dwyer a rabid white supremacist, it was clear to all that Mr Dwyer attacked the immigration policy of the government. Surely this is as legitimate a topic of comment as any other government policy and surely irony is an appropriate method of dealing with it.

This appeal to the groat shibboleth of race relations (and its success with the discerning audience] would have ranked as a collector's item with Dr Austibel, who exploded the myth of racial equality in Now Zealand.

Again I quote: "Somebody should have the sense to remove the ridiculous beard from his face end attach it to a more appropriate part of his anatomy." And later: Mr Dwyer's remarks were in confounded bad taste."

Is Mr Dwyer looking for a tutor in bad taste? I am, etc.,

M. W. Burt Weir House.