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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 17, No. 5. April 15, 1953

Canterbury Saves Day No Billeting Levy

Canterbury Saves Day No Billeting Levy

The first item which aroused any argument was the question of billeting which has vexed the host colleges over the last low tournaments. [unclear: Canterbury] College lost over £100 on [unclear: billeting] for the last Winter Turnament. [unclear: C.U.C.] favoured the levy of ten Shillings for every tournament representative who could not find his own billet: they thought that the only satisfactory way of appealing to university students was through their pockets in general, however, Canterbury was against the imposition of a levy but could see no other way of forcing those people who could do so to find their own billets.

Otago University had favoured the imposition of a levy "for some time and now thought that a 10/- levy should be imposed on all people who could not find their own billets; this scheme to be tried for two years when the matter would be reviewed again.

V.U.C. opposed the levy on the old grounds in the strongest terms; at this stage of the meeting Victoria was represented by P. M. McCaw as the President (M.J. O'Brien) had not yet arrived from Wellington. The Sports Officer (D. B. Horsley) wondered whether the money would go into the billeting or home college account.

A.U.C. was still bound by the motion of their A.G.M. but thought that the levy would make no difference to the number of people who found their own billets. They were strongly against the levy as it bore most heavily upon representatives travelling from their college. They then moved a series of motions aimed at reducing either the levy itself or the amount of lime during which the scheme was to be tried. Those lapsed for want of a seconder; Auckland spoke again. The next Tournament was to be at Auckland which was opposed to the idea of a levy and did not see why they should have to be the first college to put the scheme into execution. Auckland had large travelling expenses at every Tournament and the levy would make a difference to her representatives. Otago still considered that four Tournaments were necessary to test the scheme, as did Massey College which remarked that as two years trial meant a Tournament in each centre the results would be statistically sound. An amendment was put and lost on the President's casting vote. An amendment "that commencement of the levy be deferred until 1954" was moved by A.U.C. (seconded V.U.C) which stated that they had no desire to administer a principle to which it did not adhere, this too was lost on the President's [unclear: vote].

Malcolm McCaw, for Victoria, then queted why the Agricultural Colleges were forcing the other colleges into that position when A.U.C. and V.U.C were strongly against the levy, O.U. against, and C.U.C. sitting on the fence. Evidently determined by this very good point by McCaw. Peter Sinclair, the Canterbury President, announced out of the blue that C.U.C. was definitely committed against the levy! The vote was taken on the unamended motion: M.A.C.. C.A.C., for the levy: A.U.C., C.U.C., and V.U.C. against the levy. The motion was lost on the President's casting vote, and there will be no billeting levy.