Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 3, No. 6
Mr. Adam Hamilton Says ..
Mr. Adam Hamilton Says ...
"I can hardly understand the attitude of a Conscientious Objector, a man who will enjoy all the privileges of a country but is not willing to fight for them. Nevertheless I do not object to a man who has conscientious objections to actual fighting but will do other service, e.g. ambulance work. Those who object to fighting could do national service at home, if there were not too many of them. But if advantage was taken of this concession, and the numbers of the fighting, farces affected, leniency should stop.
Conscientious objectors refusing to participate in the national war effort at home or overseas should pay some [unclear: penals] dependant on their numbers. They should not get off soot free.
The general attitude to C.O.'s would depend on their number and on their effect on the war effort. Some C.O.'s are first class citizens whose thinking is misdirected. It would not do to martyr on or two of these.
Consideration should be given to the views of genuine C.O. 'S—according again to their number and their effect on the war effort. Right of appeal should be allowed if not taken advantage of—there should be no open cheque for People to stay home."