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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 28, No. 10. 1965.


An Interim History by Barry Mitcalfe

The committee began so informally and spontaneously that it did not acquire even a name until the third week of its life. It still retains part of its democratic structure, each meeting constituting itself the Committee on Vietnam, even though up to two or three hundred people may be present.

Work in arranging protest meetings, seminars, speakers, publications; in fund-raising and liaison with other organisations in other centres is carried out by subcommittees directed by the main committee. Like every committee, it relies heavily on the goodwill, common-sense and understanding of its members.

Despite the range of membership, the committee retains the social and executive coherence of its early days when, as a demonstration, it began simply in response to events beyond its control.