Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 13, No. 7. April 20th, 1950
Slf - Forward !
Slf - Forward !
Bursaries, text-books, world academic freedom, and international youth and student organisations were on the agenda of the N.Z. Student Labour Federation when it met in Csristchurch on Easter Day. Representatives of AUC Labour Club and VUC and CUC Socialist Clubs were present
Action for the coming year will revolve around further research into an improved Bursary Scheme with the co-operation of NZUSA, the setting up of Peace Committees in each College to "strengthen activity and propaganda for world peaces," investigation of the price and availability of text-books with a view to making recommendations to NZUSA, support of trade union demands for a general wage increase, and opposition to abolition of controls on prices and rentals. A big programme, but the clubs are confident that they can handle it.
Strongly-worded protests were carried at the cutting of medical an dental bursaries, which was seen as a threat to the whole education system of equal opoprtunity. SLF also protested at Sir David Smith's heresy-hunt suggestions, and declared its opposition to any proposal to exclude or remove anyone from a University appointment on the ground of his political or religious conviction.
World peace and co-operation occupied a large part of the conference's time. All clubs, under the coordination of the National Executive—this year moved from Auckland to Wellington—will work with other groups in their colleges and localities to rally ever larger numbers of students and working people behind the cause of peace. The urgency of this question is underlined by Mr. Doidge's reference to "the distinct probability" of war on Friday, April 14. SLF will work in close contact with the National Peace Movement.
In the same direction, the Federation is going to affiliate to the World Congress for Partisans for Peace, and separately to the WFDY to which it has formerly been connected only through its affiliation to the Australasian Student Labour Federation.
The conference closed with the singing of "Kevin Barry."