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

Care Lacking In Welfare Study

Care Lacking In Welfare Study

"I can't really give you a course on social welfare. The fact that there's no course on welfare here says a lot about the university."

Photo : Murray Vickers.

Attention it drawn to the Concerts which are held in the music department at frequent intervals throughout the year.

Dr. W. B. Sutch, former secretary of Industries and Commerce and now an industrial consultant told a Labour Club meeting the university wasn't giving enough attention to the study of welfare measures recently.

He also criticised the decision to lay foundations for an extension to Easterfield building when before the extensions were begun it was too close to the Hunter building.

"I didn't expect to come to the university and find this, Dr Stuch said.

It was neither true that New Zealand led the world in welfare legislation nor that all New Zealand's problems could be traced back to the welfare state. Dr Sutch said.

The New Zealand hospital service was originally "an extension of the British poor law system", and while the 1930 Social Security legislation had changed this to a limited extent the reintroduction of 'supplementary assistance' payments in old age and child benefits was a return to the old poor law principles.

Dr Sutch criticised the present education system for "producing rebels and delinquents" as a result of the unhealthy teacher-pupil ratio and the fact that many pupils knew they had no chance of passing School Certificate.

Priority in New Zealand was not given to welfare and education legislation—the road lobby determined priorities.

Dr Sutch also argued that there were too few women in holy orders and that economists (other than himself were "nineteenth centry figures who still teach at universities".