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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 2, No. 12. June 28, 1939

Debating Tour

Debating Tour

On 16th June, Messrs. J. B. Aimers (V.U.C.) and M. G. O'Callaghan (O.U.) sailed for Australia, where they are undertaking a debating and lecturing tour under the auspices of the National Union of Australian University Students. A comprehensive itinerary has been arranged. Visits will be made to the universities at Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne. Hobart and Adelaide; also to the University Colleges at Armidale and Canberra. In order to give the team a better idea of Australian life, visits have been arranged to provincial cities such as Newcastle and Broken Hill and several cities in Victoria.

The subjects for debate are as follows, the side taken by New Zealand being given in brackets.
1.That the British Public has been led up the Berchtesgaden path. (Affirmative.)
2.That we have more to learn than to fear from Fascism. (Negative).
3.That an adequate defence scheme for Australia and New Zealand is both impracticable and undesirable. (Affirmative).
4.That the daily newspapers fail to fulfill the true functions of journalism. (Affirmative).
5.That higher education should be liberal rather than technical. (Affirmative).

The team will also give lectures on New Zealand topics. Correspondence with Australia has shown that the main topic of interest is the Labour Government and its administration. Demands for information have been received from nearly every place of visit. Other lectures of a general nature will be given. Mr. O'Callaghan will broadcast from Brisbane on the Maori and his Problems, while Mr. Aimers will broadcast from Adelaide on "What the N.Z. Labour Government is really doing."

This is the first time a New Zealand University Team has visited Australia, and next year an Australian team will return the visit. Provided these visits pay for themselves, there is every possibility that regular exchange visits will be made in the future.

While in Australia, the team will take the opportunity of discussing with the Australian National Union schemes for closer co-operation between N.Z.U.S.A. and N.U.A.U.S. Negotiations for a visit by Australian University Athletes in March 1940 will be continued.