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Salient. Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32. No. 25. October 9, 1969


The quality of any government can be measured by:

(a)the calibre of its members; and
(b)its performance in recent years.

The decision of every thinking voter should be governed by these considerations. Compare the leaders of the parties and decide who you would prefer to lead your country and represent it overseas. Compare key men in the cabinet -real or shadow. Compare policies and promises and the way they have been implemented.

As university students, we are conscious of education, and. perhaps misguidely, we place an excessive value on it. Let us examine the National government—9 persons have at least one university degree and home have more. But many have other qualifications—for example, the Minister of Finance has no degree, yet he is A.R.A.N.Z and five of his colleagues are similarly qualified. In addition. 15 of the new candidates offering themselves at the forthcoming elections are University graduates.