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

Frank Discussion of Weaknesses Will Strengthen IUS

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Frank Discussion of Weaknesses Will Strengthen IUS

The Council meeting indeed uncovered some of the weaknesses in IUS. These were very adequately and forcibly expressed by an English delegate at the last session. There was a tendency towards vague generalities instead of practical planning. There was not enough international spirit, too much use of the Council as a forum for airing national grievances. Delegations were insufficiently prepared with remits, information or proposals. The procedure of meetings was too lax, standing orders were not clear enough. These faults are understandable in a young organisation, and it is a good thing that they have been openly expressed. When we return next year, we shall be determined not to repeat them. The other major weaknesses, also clearly expressed by many delegations, are the result of insufficient support for IUS on a national level. In the paying of subscriptions, in the passing on of information, the distribution of "World Student News," the general lack of active liaison in each country has seriously hampered the work of the Secretariat and crippled their financial plans. We delegates can do little but actively organise for the IUS when we report back home. Here, indeed, is where NZ students can help. We are a well-to-do, unscathed nation that can well afford to pay 6d. per head to IUS, contribute to World Student Relief, and learn a bit about the world by reading "World Student News." It is not enough to send delegates and talk piously. Hard cash is needed, and we contracted to pay it when we joined. We should meet our obligations.