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Salient: An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University. Wellington Vol. 23 No. 6 1960

Floor Speakers

Floor Speakers

Mr Nash came under fire from the floor several times. Tamasese condemned his "cheek" in "going to London and declaring that there are no superior races after allowing the All Blacks to go to South Africa." Larson, one of the few to support the Negative, mentioned the Balfour Declaration of 1926—certainly a great statement of ideals. O'Brien violently denied the value of this. "This is 1960," he said, "and the hopes raised in 1926 are still not realised." Similarly, McNeill declare heatedly that the Commonwealth "was being tolerant of the intolerable."

The Victoria team found the going tough. They fought a losing battle, backing down on several important points. A house vote resulted in a 33-8 victory for the Affirmative.