Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Volume 31, Number 21. September 10, 1968
Sir—With reference to Andy Easton's letter which appeared in Salient 18, I should like-to point out that the International Club is non-political and does not select speakers on the basis of their opinions. It so happens that the speakers we do invite to this university ore those who are hero at the invitation of the government. If it were possible tor us to present speakers with the opposite viewpoints, I assure Mr Easton we would have no hesitation in doing so.
Another point on which he has gone astray is his comment on overseas students. Of course they are not a representative selection. They are either students who have earned the right to be here through scholarship, or those whose parentent have sufficient funds to send them here. However, as to the diversity of opinion, I think Mr Easton would find that if he spoke to a sufficient number of overseas students, he would find that their views differ quite radically, and some of them do not support the opinions of their nationals who are visiting New Zealand. (He would have found this had he attended the lectures by Tun Razak and Mr Thanat Khoman.) Mr Easton would do well to make sure of his assertions before blurting them out in print.
Peter R. Beilby,
VUW International Club.