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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1934

V.U.C. Labour Club

V.U.C. Labour Club

A meeting of students interested in the formation of a Labour Club was called early in the year, and, in spite of persistent opposition by the usual group of noisy students, the proposed Constitution was considered and adopted. A motion that the Club should apply for affiliation to the Students' Association was then passed, and officers for the year were elected. At the conclusion of the meeting Mr. A. Katz gave a short address on "America Under the Blue Eagle."

Affiliation was granted by the Executive, and our first public meeting was held near the end of the first term, when Mr. H. I. Forde addressed us on "Karl Marx and the Present Crisis." At our next meeting we were fortunate enough to have Mr. H. D. Dickenson, who spoke on "Why a Labour Club?" In the second term we heard Major Pharazyn speak on "Planned Wealth or Planned Poverty?" and Max Riske give a lecture on "Women in Russia," illustrated by some very enlightening lantern-slides.

During this term we also held weekly study groups, where we discussed some very interesting articles on the meaning of events in Austria and Germany during the past year.

Our grant of two guineas was spent almost entirely on books and papers for our library.

Our most important activity during the year, however, has been the inaugurating of an Anti-War Movement in the College. We realised that the only way to begin doing anything definite in fighting war was to bring the various anti-war elements of the College together into one united body. So we called a meeting in the Gym., and several of the other College Clubs gave their support by sending speakers to give their point of view on the subject. An address on "Modern Chemical Warfare" was also given by Mr. Monro. The first result of this meeting was the passing of a resolution to be sent to the Minister of Finance, opposing the war preparations of the N.Z. Government. The second result was the formation of the V.U.C. Anti-War Movement, which is now a strongly-supported Club.