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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 25, No. 7. 1962.

Looking Back

Looking Back

Victoria today is a different place from the Victoria of 1950. Looking at an issue of "Salient" for that year we can see the reason for this.

In a front-page article, Conrad Bollinger outlines left-wing activity. In 1919, no fewer than Three S.G.M.'s were held. The third of these was to oppose conscription then being introduced by the Labour Government. The National Party's paper, "Freedom" termed the students 'bobby-soxers and teenagers kowtow (ing) to ikons of Czar Stalin I."

"Truth" was not silent. Under a banner headline, this intellectual weekly called Vic. "a hotbed of Revolution." The banner headline, "Red Hot" was printed in black with red flames leaping from the top.

Other activities: Support of the World Peace Congress declaring the Russians as "worthy of our friendship;" 300-strong demonstration against the Dutch invasion of Indonesia; a telegram to Czech Premier Gottwald which caused another S.G.M.