Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 1. March 4, 1953
- That this Congress endorse the aims of the New Zealand University Student Newspapers' Association, and requests the Easter N.Z.U.S.A. Council meeting to give N.Z.U.S.N.A. its favourable consideration.—Carried.
- That we students of N.Z.US.A. Congress strongly condemn the action of the New Zealand delegation at the U.N. in abstaining from the voting on the question of the apartheid policy of the Malan Government of which policy we strongly disapprove.—Carried.
- We students of N.Z.U.S.A. Congress 1953 urge that our Government recognise the Central Peoples Government of China as the legitimate Government of China and support its admission to the United Nations as the representative of China.—Carried.
- That in view of the convincing evidence on conditions inside the Soviet Union. China and assorted countries, as exemplified by the reports by observers such as Mrs. Garland and Courtenay Archer and those of the daily Press, this Congress, believing that accurate Information concerning, these countries can be a strong contributing page 7 factor to World Peace, recommends N.Z.U.S.A. to Investigate the possibilities of organising a group or delegation representative of the students within the four constituent colleges and two agricultural colleges to visit and report on conditions there. That the possibility of inviting an exchange delegation be investigated.—Carried.
- That Congress protests against the drastic restrictions recently imposed on the importation of books into New Zealand (60 per cent. cut on 1950). We are of the opinion that the effect of this policy is to place restrictions on knowledge and that it is unjustifiable at the present time. We urge N.Z.U.S.A. to approach the Government with a view to the removal of the restrictions, and to seek the support of the Senate of N.Z.U. herein.—Carried.
- That we students of this 1953 Congress recommend to the next N.Z.U.S.A. Council meeting to critically examine the reports from the N.U. of South African students regarding the cessation of bursaries for Negro medical students at Witswatersrand University. That tentatively we regard this action as detrimental to the urgent medical needs of the African people. That N.Z.U.S.A. sponsor the formation of committees in the university colleges for the collection of relief fund to the African Medical Scholarship Trust Fund.—Carried.
- That we students at N.Z.U.S.A. Congress 1953 affirm the principle of one International Student Organisation.—Carried.
- That N.Z.U.S.A. seek information of the proceedings and findings of the 1952 Bucharest Conference which Mr. Kelly was unable to attend.—Carried.
- We urge that our Government support an Immediate resumption of of the Panmujon Truce Talks and call for an immediate cease fire.—Carried.
- That members of this Congress regard freedom of speech for their religious and political opponents as being as important as freedom of speech for themselves.—Carried.
- That this Congress urge N.Z.U.S.A. Committee on bursaries to press for immediate implementation of an Improved and increased bursary scheme.—Carried.
- That this Congress views with grave concern the reports of the apprehension and persecution of prominent Jews in Russia and East Germany, and wholehearted condemns the persecution of religious minorities under any regime what[unclear: soever].—carried.
More Relevant Motions Moved at the Congress Forum held at [unclear: Curless] Cove on Sunday, February 1, 1953
That this meeting wishes to show its sincere appreciation of Dr. Currie's attendance and enthusiasm shown by him at the 1953 N.Z.U.S.A. Congress and hopes that this action has set a precedent which will be followed up in succeeding years.—Carried.
(This motion has been communicated to Dr. Currie.)
- That the colleges take a survey and find out what would be the most suitable dates for Congresses.—Carried.