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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 9. 1971



I would like to draw the attention of Victoria students to the recent action of the N.Z.U.S.A. executive in canceling all future Congresses.

As a member of this year's Curious Cove I question the executive's right to dictate to me, and all other Congress people, how I should react to the experience. Is it possible to measure just how much good the free and penetrating discussion at Curious Cove had upon its members, simply by calculating how many of its members now take part in "activist" work. And do they know what we are doing now?

Anyway, surely laying down such arbitrary rules is illiberal, thus completely against the spirit of Curious Cove.

I suggest that Congress is worthwhile because by its very nature, as a place for open and serious discussion, it fosters the kind of critical thinking which is very necessary if mankind is going to attempt to solve the many problems confronting it.

At Canterbury, in an SRC meeting, previous Curious Cove students encouraged their executive to pass a motion censuring the NZUSA decision. If Victoria students will take the initiative, we will probably be able to persuade the executive to rescind the motion I call upon you to make the effort too, in order that other students may enjoy the benefits of future Congresses.

Daphne Moreham