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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 9. 1965.

Wcc Elections: Student Candidates, Maybe?

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Wcc Elections: Student Candidates, Maybe?

The annual general meeting of the Students' Association requested the Executive to put up a slate of candidates in the coming City Council elections.

Since then much activity and confusion has followed.

When Tony Haas moved the motion at the AGM it was suggested that perhaps 100 students would stand. However, at the exec. meeting it was the question of "tickets" which dominated the discussion. Eventually exec. decided to call for nominations to be considered at the next meeting.

At the Public Relations Committee meeting the following Thursday the matter was again raised. Mr. Haas gave his views pointing out the advantages and disadvantages of putting up candidates on either of the main tickets.

He said that the students' candidates would be bound by the policies of the groups and would be "junior" members of the ticket. Against this independent candidates would require considerable financial support from the association—several hundred pounds, he suggested.

Speakers for and against the case of the "tickets" expounded their views for over an hour. A compromise was eventually reached when it was decided to recommend to the executive that six candidates should be put up.

Two each on the Labour and Citizens tickets and two independent candidates. A controller to conduct the campaign should also be appointed.


News of this recommendation somehow reached the news services. On Friday (July 9) the local radio service announced that students intended standing on both tickets.

That evening the Labour Party declared that their ticket was already full. Mr. R. S. Lawrence, the association secretary, was the cause of this leak. Both of the Wellington dailies also commented.

At the last executive meeting a committee of three. Miss Caughley and Messrs, Robertson and McKinnon, was set up to organise the project.

Mr. McKinnon said that time was running short and that action should be taken immediately. He also stated that a campaign controller was necessary to ensure co-ordination. This was left to the committee.

It was revealed that several past prominent students had been approached and had declined. Although exec. members had been requested to bring forward nominations to the exec. meeting it was apparent that only the Public Relations Officer had made any effort in this direction.

It remains to be seen whether students of a sufficiently high calibre will stand in the elections. Executive may be giving the idea support, but its actions so far have been procrastinating ones.