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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 39, Number 21, September 6, 1976.


Truth's billboard last week promised a sex scandal involving an MP. The weekly's story on the private life of Marilyn Waring proved highly controversial. It reached down below even Truth's standards of taste.

Reaction across the country was widespread and hostile. That Truth's got no place printing such articles. That even MPs do have rights to privacy. The Raglan electorate National Party strongly supported Ms Waring, although the support cracked a little under TV1 questioning.

Yet the furore that has resulted, has covered over an even more sinister situation. Truth's printing of the story was disgusting enough in itself, but Salient understands that the dirt goes much deeper than this. The article helps out the right wing of the National Party against its more liberal MPs. We believe that the story was checked out with high up members of the National Party and may even have been run on their encouragement.

On first hearing the rumour, sources around Parliament and the Party were put into action. They confirm the suspicious timing of the story's release and the involvement of the National Party with Truth.