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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 5. 1965.

Dirty Linen

Dirty Linen

Resident executive members should not wash their dirty linen in public, NZUSA Vice President William Falconer hastily told his fellow executive members at Easter Council.

Mr. Falconer's attempt to forstall a public power squabble between NZUSA resident executive members was unsuccessful. Discussion of Vice - President Roger Pitchforth's controversial report on the internal power structure of NZUSA blew up into a major argument.

Vice-President Pitchforth presented the meeting with a report which claimed that actual decisions of NZUSA were being made outside of official constitutional channels. His report outlined a "basis of power" chart which suggested that major decisions were being made by a clique of the Executive.

Speaking to his report Roger Pitchforth maintained that this was unconstitutional. "All decisions should be made at formal meetings after full discussion by all the executive," he said.

VUW delegate Tim Bertram asked if correct, confirmed and signed minutes were kept of Mr. Moriarty's meetings in Parsons Coffee Bar.

Angry Auckland delegates at first refused to accept Mr. Pitchforth's report. They later allowed it to pass to keep business flowing.