Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 5. 1965.
Roger Suffield Lawrence, aged 19, a second-year law student running for Secretary, is Secretary of the Golf Club, Secretary of the Bridge Club, Secretary of the Winter Tournament Committee, and a member of the International Affairs Committee.
I believe that most Executive positions should be held by full-time students, except the position of Treasurer, as this requires a fairly well experienced accountancy student. The position or Secretary on Executive should not be merely administrative but also a main source of directing to the attention of the Executive student opinion and also student needs. I would, if elected, try to modify the far radical ideas of some members to the point where they are acceptable to general opinion, but also to prevent any ultra-conservatism from blocking effective student action which is so vital to the community as a whole, since it is the students who should be producing fresh ideas to avoid stagnation in this country.
I have been closely associated with the Student Action Movement since its inception and intend to continue with this, using every means open to me to gain better student accommodation and to eliminate as far as possible bursary and fees anomalies.
I also intend following up a motion of NZUSA that constituents examine their relationship and use from NZUSA and to make this my personal responsibility. I believe strongly in the tremendous use and need for such a national student body.
In general I will, if elected, maintain close contact with the thought of the general student body, and not use my Executive position merely to further my own ideas and ends. I believe that the Executive should use its office to work for the interests of (1) all students at VUWSA and (2) students in general.