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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 27, No. 14. 1964.

Boat As Last Resort

Boat As Last Resort

Wellington people interested in CRAAFT believe that a boat should be sent to the French nuclear test zone only as a last resort.

AT a recent meeting of CRAAFT (Committee for Resolute Action Against French Tests, it was agreed that the aim of CRAAFT was to gain maximum publicity for the protests against the French nuclear tests in the Pacific. This is in contrast to the Auckland CRAAFT organisation which aims to send a boat to the French Test Zone in the Gambias. At a meeting in Auckland £60 was collected and 40 people volunteered to sail in the boat—six of them with sea experience.

Barry Metcalfe said that he saw their role as one of publicity—"to dramatise the issue in the eyes of the world." He said the sending of a boat would in some ways be a last desperate resort.

Helen Sutch wondered about the moral issues involved. She said that many people were opposed to sending a boat because they would be proposing to send other people to their possible death.

Although only eight people were present it was resolved that in the near future a public meeting with several well-known and fluent speakers should be held. It appears that these people would form the nucleus of the organisation.

Melbourne University Students' paper, Farrago, published this in mid-June: "Farrago will (now) be the only student newspaper in the world, outside of Oxford and Cambridge, to be sold beyond the campus."

Salient has recently added two new selling; points to the four already established outside the Victoria campus.