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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 2. 8th March 1972

Empty Gesture

Empty Gesture

The University 'Council's motion refuting to accept "funds or equipment from the military departments of foreign governments without the published approval of Council" (Feb 28, 1972) comes at a convenient time for this University.

In August 1971, the USAF ceased providing finance for research at Victoria.

Now the Vice-Chancellor (Dr D.B.C. Taylor) can safely say that there is at present no military-funded research in progress. But suggestions that this University should not accept foreign military research grants have been raised at Council level before and these have in feet been opposed for years. It is only at this time of minimum inconvenience and embarrassment that the University Council decades not to accept "funds or equipment from the military departments of foriegn governments."

(If Canterbury University Council passed a similar motion, they could still have the U.S.A.F. lease land from them and operate such defence installations as the Mt John tracking station. The motion passed willingly here at Victoria, then, is still not enough)


Leave Wellington on Friday March 10 on the ferry at 8pm; travel by bus to Washdyke near Timaru, and then on to Mt. John. Return on Sunday night in time for work on Monday.

All for $10. Pay Your Ten Dollars to the Students Association Office Today. There are Only a Limited Number of Bookings Left. Phone 557308 for Details.