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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. [Volume 39, Issue 8. April 1976]

Spray of Machine Gun Bullets

Spray of Machine Gun Bullets

So far plain sailing. But waiting in the grass was.... "Election of Delegates to the NZUSA May Council'. Armed only with loaded submachine guns, three candidates battled for the two positions as Chief Delegates. Gyles Beckford, Tony Ward and Mark Sainsbury.

Gyles and Tony claimed that they should be elected because they knew what was going on, and Mark who claimed to really represent student opinion because he was "a grass-root student" rather than "one of those committee type people". His views were supported by a large number of dart throwers, hissers and general stirrers who obviously had a point to make - disgust at the fuckery of student politics. I think, however, they could have expressed it in a lot more positive ways.

Anyway after a division and a second vote, Tony and Gyles were finally elected.

The election of Welfare and Accomodation delegate resulted in a similar situation. Three nominations were made - Scott Wilson (Accomodation officer), Chris Wylie (Welfare Officer) and Mark Sainsbury.

Tony Ward outlined the importance of work to be done in both these areas (especially with regard to the university's threat to make us pay for welfare services) and moved an amendment that both the accomodation and welfare officers be sent ex-officio. Mark Sainsbury asked why have elections at all if the same members are always elected. This time his anti-officialdom stand carried through as the amendment was lost and then Mark elected as delegate.

Thus the 'anti-politics' body of the meeting made their point, but again in rather a negative way.