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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 No. 3. 15th March 1972

[Letter from Peter Boshier to Salient. Vol 35 No. 3. 15th March 1972]

The motion put forward at S.R.C. that the Students Association 'show disgust' at the attendance of the Vice Chancellor at the Suharto dinner was saddeningly reflective of soma of this Universities 'great humanists', for In trying to stop the repression outlined in Indonesia, they are quite prepared to repress Or Taylor (and anyone else in a similar position) in trying to tell him what he can and cannot do. What right has anyone to tell Dr Taylor, a man appointed not elected, a man who in this instance went as a human being and not some elected mouth machine that he should do this, that, and anything else. If he were elected, then sure, he carries an obligation to represent popular thought, but as an Individual he has a right to act freely.

Lee in what was a typically unintelligible, boring and generalisation-packed rave, spoke of Or Taylor in his Mercedes, and tearing round being entertained on our money. Where is his proof for the last assertion?

My point is that in trying to expand ideals, persons such as Lee are all too ready to tread over the very thing they are seeking to raise up. What a man does in this country is his own perogotive providing that he does not misrepresent or contravene the public, and I suggest that Or Taylor as a man did neither.

Peter Boshier.