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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31 Number 19 August 6, 1968

Mr. Weal Clarifies Position

Mr. Weal Clarifies Position

The Social Credit candidate for Hutt, Mr. Tom Weal, has clarified the position regarding unemployment which he was alleged to have taken at the Annual Conference of the League in May.

He said the NZBC, "in their profound wisdom" had quoted his remarks out of context.

"I am not for the sort of unemployment in N.Z. today," he said.

Mr. Weal said the reason he had taken the stand he did was because the two previous speakers had both condemned unemployment.

"If the third speaker had not disagreed with them the motion would automatically have been submitted to Conference for a vote."

He said he regarded it as a most important subject and one in which it was important not to give the general public the impression that only two delegates were prepared to discuss the subject.

Mr. Weal

Mr. Weal

Mr Weal said after Labour efforts to misrepresent him, he had spoken to the Labour campaign manager Mr Faulkner.

"Mr Faulkner told me he would smack me above the belt, but he would smack me hard."

Mr Weal said he was totally against that type of attitude Mr Faulkner had adopted.

Speaking on the cost of living, he said, "Something is radically wrong with this system of economics."

He criticised the situation "where it is necessary to work a 60 hour week, and send your wife out to work if you have one, just to obtain sufficient to keep body and soul together.

"This has come about through the failure of previous governments," he said.