Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 13. September 12, 1957
Debating — Out Of Joynt
Out Of Joynt
The V.U.C. debating team at Tournament made a strong bid to win the Joynt Scroll for the first time in 16 years, but were unsuccessful; the V.U.C. team of G. N. Cruden and E. W. Thomas were placed second to Auckland's R. M. S. Hamilton and P. Williams, in debating, as in other contests, a team goes best when its opponents are strong. The V.U.C. team were perhaps unfortunate in that their opponents, Lincoln, were not a strong debating team, whereas the Auckland team had a more testing debute against Otago.
Victoria took the affirmative on the subject, 'That the Anglo-French Intervention in Suez Was Justified". Ted Thomas was particularly impressive and was placed third among the individual speakers.
The second debate on the motion, "that the modem state is assuming responsibilities that are properly due to the individual", was rather dull. There was more agreement than disagreement between the two teams, Massey (affirmative) and Canterbury. One of the two Canterbury speakers, both women, made a faux pas when she commenced by saying that, she and her colleague took men as they found them!
The third debate was on the topic, "That Testing of Nuclear Weapons Should Be Abolished". Auckland affirmed the motion against Otago. This was the best debate of the evening, and the leading speakers of the two teams. Mac Hamilton (A.U.C.) and Miss P. O'Regan (O.U.) were placed first and second respectively.
The judges were Sir Vincent Meredith. Mr. Jenner Wily. S.M., and Mr. T. J. Tucker.