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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 10. June 14, 1939

Yellow Peril

Yellow Peril.

For the opposition. Mr. Lewin spoke with a sincerity which almost hid the fact that his arguments were not very good. Claiming that our present [unclear: cofences] were inadequate, he said that we should support the League of Nations, and fulfil our responsibilities in them by more complete measures than at present. He also advanced the interesting opinion that we were safe from Japan only as long as we were supported by Britain, and that Japan would have attacked New Zealand in 1935 if she had thought she could get away with it.

Mr. Renouf, seconding, was courageous enough to face an unsympathetic audience and mention such things as women and children and liberty. He also demonstrated his faith in Chamberlain rather than in newspaper reports.

Among the speakers from the floor was Mr. Braybrooke, who suggested that hostile powers don't want agricultural countries (a suggestion [unclear: burn] out later by Mr. McWilliams' entirely [unclear: bana fiih] letter), but those with minerals. All consequently, that was necessary here was a small force capable of repelling scattered attacks.