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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 10, No. 13. September 24, 1947


Delegates to NZUSA Conference seem to think they are there for one or two rather odd reasons. There are those who consider the meeting a boring formality, to be concluded as soon as possible with as little as possible accomplished. Others regard the Conference as a kind of protracted Joynt Scroll Debate. They are more concerned with displays of wit and mental gymnastics, and with revealing the brilliance of their legalistic minds than with the affairs of the students. Their greatest achievement is to confuse their opponents, without any attempt to add anything of value to the discussion.

It is only as a result of conflict between these two groups that any motion is ever passed, and once passed its future is usually so uncertain that it is little wonder that so few students know of the existence of NZUSA, and that of those who do, so many regard it as another useless appendage to Easter and Winter Tournaments.

We do not concur in this view. We consider that the existence of such a body should be a matter of vital interest to every student, that it is the only body which can grapple with a number of problems of student welfare, both national and international. However, it appears to suffer from all the shortcomings of a central government.

The VUC Council Room was the venue of the Conference. This room, which has seen so many useless meetings, seems to have had some effect on the delegates, a few of whom went to sleep from time to time.

The President, Mrs. M. Scott, was still in Australia at the time of the meeting, so the chair was taken by Mr. Dowrick of VUC.