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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 11 August 11, 1943


"Plans for Post-war Reconstruction in New Zealand" was the subject discussed at the July meeting of the Social Science Section of the Wellington branch of the Royal Society. Mr. J. S. Reid, speaking in a private capacity, outlined the proposals which are at present being prepared, but their ultimate fulfilment, he stressed, would depend upon the political conditions of the moment. He discussed briefly the conditions which would exist in New Zealand itself and in New Zealand in the world at the peace—the problems of demobilisation, the change-over from war to peacetime economy, the labour problems, and the international contribution New Zealand would be expected to make in feeding the occupied countries.

Rehabilitation at home raised innumerable problems. Old peace-time skills would be partially forgotten; many men would have no skill in which they had received training. War-time appointments would terminate and employers would be bound by regulation to restore their pre-war employees despite changed conditions.