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Salient. Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 26, No. 4. Monday, April 8, 1963

Need For Action

Need For Action

"There is a tremendous need for the ordinary people of the world to act—but not In fear, self-righteousness, or panic," said Rev. Lance Robinson, addressing a lunchtime gathering of students.

The topic of the address was the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament and Seato.

Speaking "as a Christian man," Robinson outlined the policy and objectives of the Nzcnd.

He quoted Dr. Linus Pauling: "The present world stockpile of nuclear weapons means an average of 500 tons of high explosive for each person living on earth." Therefore the conclusion of the Nzcnd was the necessity for New Zealand's withdrawal from military pacts such as Seato and Anzus, which could make it a party to nuclear warfare. While it belonged to these, it could not speak in Uno as an individual country.

Robinson mentioned the growing support for the Cnd in Australia and New Zealand. The forthcoming Easter March from Paraparaumu to Wellington was an instance of this. He stressed Australian recognition of the need for declaring the Southern Hemisphere a nuclear-free zone. This he considered a "first step" in world disarmament.