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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 2. 1969.

Aid Move Defeated

Aid Move Defeated

The Students' Association Executive has defeated a remit for Easter Council urging students to contribute one per cent, of their personal income to overseas aid programmes.

The motion, moved by Simon Arnold and seconded by Andy Chapman, was lost 8-2.

Speaking to the motion, Simon said the subject was one which had some support throughout the university.

He quoted the case of the Biafran Relief Fund which began when S.C.M. members sent $5 to their local M.P.s.

The Government, however, sent $20,000 to the Biafran Relief Fund and returned the $5 to the donors.

Caroline McGrath, the Women's Vice-President, said the motion was undocumented.

"All remits which are sent to Easter Council must be documented," she said.

"Besides, NZUSA can't tell a student what to do with his money.

"We can't make a student give a penny, but if he wants to give a pound that's all right."

It is understood that attempts are being made to bring the matter up at Council under the provision that two-thirds of the constituent presidents agree to it.