Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 18, No. 1. March 3, 1954
The selection of lectures was the outstanding feature of Congress; not only the stars like Currie. Beeby and Sutch, but also lesser-known speakers such as Pet Mayhew [unclear: arrived] from England two years ago brought the speaking to a level thought the highest yet. The talks generally were informative rather than controversial, although the philosophers did scrape up a good row after the idealist Pflaum's lecture on philosophy.
V.U.C's recently-appointed junior lecturer in Philosophy Earle Robinson was heard in the heat of argument, with great conviction and considerable accuracy, to tell his distinguished colleague that he was a fool.
One particularly interesting feature of the lectures wan the large number of "off-the-record" remarks by the speakers (seven of whom were public servants). [unclear: Congressitc] must be as well-informed now as any other comparative group in the community. But surprisingly the discussion subsequent to the talks never became particularly controversial or heated Many felt in this respect that the absence of the usual strong demagogic crowd of S.L.F. ers such as Bollinger. Piper and [unclear: MacNeill)] deadened discussion, which became almost impossible amongst the ordinary Congressitea, who agreed on almost everything.