Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 5. 1969.
The National Affairs portfolio was created at an A.G.M. in 1967. In one year it is difficult to evaluate the effectiveness of such a position. To be effective much will depend upon the attitude and capacity of the person filling the position and upon the current executive.
The problem is that in every issue within the realm of National Affairs there is either a political or moral consideration involved. Thus in getting any sanction from Executive, Executive must decide whether or not it is prepared to make policy statements without an S.G.M. or a questionnaire at an election. This is the criteria of whether or not the National Affairs position will survive.
During 1968 V.U.W.S.A. has become a corporate member of the N.Z. Homosexual Law Reform Society and a good liaison exists between the two associations. Parliament's recent consideration and rejection of the N.Z.H.L.R.S. petition keeps this particular facet of the National Affairs Subcommittee's business consideration alive.
This year's Sub-committee has also considered some of the implications of race relations in this country, in particular employment and accommodation opportunities for Pacific Islanders in Wellington. No particular conclusion has been reached after consultation with various organisations including the Citizens Association for Racial Equality and several Government departments. It appears that this will be a problem with which we must come to grips in the very near future.
The Sub-Committee also considered the beneficial uses of drugs and drug abuse. There is at present a Department of Health Commission of Inquiry conducting an investigation into the drug problem. It will be the function of the National Affairs Sub-committee in 1969 to examine the significance of its recommendations.
National Military Training is always a thorn for students attempting to complete degrees It is hoped it will continue to be the function of National Affairs to protect the rights of students in relation to deferment.
The National Affairs Officer also assisted with the Omega teach-in during study week.