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

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Of the actual work of the Council it is difficult to speak briefly. In fact speaking briefly was not a characteristic of many of the delegates and it will take some time sorting through my notes to prepare a full report for NZUSA before I can see it in perspective. The best work done seems to have been in obtaining new contacts and membership. In the USA a national student union may soon be formed directly as a result of IUS and the World Students' Congress. From China we now have two delegates, one from each region, instead of the embassy-appointed stooges of last year. Several resolutions have clarified certain points in the constitution in such a way as to make it much easier for certain countries to come in and stay in. It was recognised, for instance, that the Executive has effectively no power to compel a national organisation against its wishes; only the Council can debate and decide in such a case. The political activities of IUS were also carefully defined in terms of the special needs of students. (This was the work of John Redrup, the Australian, who has been elected to the Executive, and who can do a grand job for IUS in the Pacific area.) We discussed formulated principles and activities concerned with the demo-cratisation of the Universities, and with the needs of colonial students. In this work, in particular, we are sending commissions to many countries, Germany, Greece, the Middle

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East, to investigate conditions on the spot. We divide in two to discuss the work of the various departments of IUS: Travel and Exchange, Press and Information, Economic, Social and Health, Sports, Intellectual Cooperation, and Relief and Reconstruction. The proposed plans were in the main approved, with some practical additions. We had considerable discussions on finance and on the budget, and on the work of the Secretariat.