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

Tight Control by Committee

Tight Control by Committee

However, the new direction was not achieved without struggle, the HART traditionalists (reflecting the same trends as seen in the national movement), wishing to keep the club very tightly controlled by the committee so that a "correct line" would be maintained, resisted any opening-up of the club's structure, arguing on the basis of organisational efficiency.

NZUSA past-president, Alick Shaw, heading the democrats, said if HART wanted to get 2000 students along to the anti-tour march in Wellington on May 28, then the club must decide its policy and its strategy at a time and place where all members could attend and have their say.

He said this had been the policy adopted by the Anti-War Movement at Victoria University in 1972 and had been very effective in encouraging students along to the mobilisation marches.

"In 1976 there are more people who give vocal support to HART than there were in 1972, but the difficulty is in getting them to be so personally involved in the issue as to act on their convictions."