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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 11. 1964.

Letter sent to the Prime Minister

The Prime Minister,

Parliament Buildings, Wellington.

Dear Sir,

This is a copy of the letter sent to the Prime Minister by the executive. Letters were also sent to the daily papers, rapporteur chief Mr. Orsman, and the youth forum chairman, Mr. P. Darracott.

You may remember that on 14th May, 1964, the executive of this association wrote to you expressing their congratulations on the inception of the New Zealand Youth Forum and stated that they were very interested in the outcome of the forum. The executive was confident at that stage that it would be highly successful.

Subsequently a student of this university, Mr.

Anthony Haas, was expelled from the forum by the forum chairman, Mr. P. M. Darracott. Mr. Haas made representations to the executive immediately after the youth forum and a motion was tabled whilst the association president, Mr. Peter Blizard, contacted Mr. Darracott and asked for further information on the incident of Mr. Haas's expulsion.

In the meantime the executive of the association changed and at its second meeting (July 15) the new association executive passed the following motion:

"That this Executive deplores expulsion of a student of VUW acting as a rapporteur at the Youth Forum."

The matter of Mr. Hass's expulsion was considered over a long period and very thoroughly by both executives of the association, and reports were made to it by Mr. Haas himself, other rapporteurs at the forum, and Mr. Peter Blizard after his discussion with Mr. Darracott. The senior rapporteur at the forum. Mr. II. Orsman, of the English Department of this University, was asked to attend and give his interpretation of the incident, but declined to do so.

Thus you may see that the motion passed was not considered hastily, emotionally or irrationally and that every consideration was given to all aspects of the incident.

Yours faithfully,

Alister Taylor

, (Hon. Secretary)