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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 25. 3rd October 1973

Suicide Squad

Suicide Squad

Dear Sirs,

There has been a lot of unwarranted shit thrown at "a group of persons" who wanted the dissolution of MSSA. Some of the MSSA members even used such fancy phrases like "bona fide" (perhaps for the first time in their lives?) membership to impress the ignorant that such a move is "not right". May I ask: what is?

Article 12 of MSSA Constitution entitles any of its members to call for a dissolution. If MSSA fears the exercise of this democratic right, then it is that association that is the loser (quoted from a downtown lawyer).

An association that does not command the confidence of its members deserves to be gone anyway. So too an association that has outlived its usefulness. This was what happened to the NZ Legislative Council when "a suicide squad" (the phrase was coined by politicians of this country) got itself into the said council and successfully dissolved it from within. This is the legitimate way, we do not want the gun-barrel approach. Just because a constitutional right is less often exercised does not make it unconstitutional or immoral.

If one is justified in having a membership drive to keep an association in existence, I don't see why another is not justified in having a membership drive to dissolve an association because it is felt that it should not exist.

I remain, a member of MSSA.

Yours in good faith,

L.C. Goh