Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 33, No. 6 6 May 1970
Faculty censures Wild
Faculty censures Wild
The staff of the Law Faculty has censured the Chief Justice, Sir Richard Wild, for his statement on the All Black Tour.
"That the Faculty respectfully record its regret that the Chief Justice should have made a partisan statement on a matter of public controversy, namely the propriety of the proposed All Black rugby tour of Southern Africa."
The decision, made at a Law Faculty meeting on 23 April, was not made public until 30 April. The Dean of the Law Faculty, Professor I.L.M. Richardson, conveyed the resolution to the Chief Justice in a letter together with the following remarks:
"Professor Mathieson's dissent and Professor Barton's and Mr Gelber's abstentions from the first resolution were recorded. Professors Barton and Mathieson considered it was not within the competence of the Faculty to pass such a resolution and Professor Mathieson dissented on the further ground that he believed fudges have a right to make statements on matters of public controversy other than party political issues. Professors Barton and Inglis and Mr Davis wish it to be known that their dissents from the part of the second resolution concerning distribution to the news media were recorded.
"The following full time members of the Faculty were not present at the meeting when the resolutions were dealt with: Professors Richardson and Ellinger and Messrs Keith, Angelo, Duncan and Tanner.
"I should make it clear that part-time staff members of the Faculty did not receive notice of the motion and did not attend the meeting at which it was discussed."
"An individual's freedom of speech has always been a cherished principle in university life.
"But when a group within the university is involved, the principle, it seems, is open to question.
"This was highlighted this week when the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington sent a letter to the Chief Justice, Sir Richard Wild."
On Saturday night a number of students were involved in throwing food and glasses at one another. A person who was named as being involved in the Ball incidents has insisted that the people throwing glasses from the mezzanine to the dance floor were not students. A second person at the Ball said: "It was not an isolated incident," and wondered why any fuss should be made about it.
A meeting was held on Monday to determine what action should be taken following Saturday's shambles. At that meeting, the President and the Managing Secretary decided to investigate the allegations about the behaviour of certain people at the Ball. They have asked witnesses to come forward with any relevant information so that disciplinary action can be taken.
When asked what this action would entail, Margaret Bryson said that, if necessary, the offenders would be excluded from the Union Building for a term or more and fines might be imposed.
Such action had better be taken. It would also be as well if the action which is taken is, in fact, disciplinary as that term is commonly understood. Last week the Executive "disciplined" a yahoo who knocked the roof out of one of the men's toilets by telling him that such behaviour "would not be tolerated".