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SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1937. Volume 8. Number 5.

New Speakers' Debate — Promise Shown

New Speakers' Debate

Promise Shown.

Perhaps it may have been due to the ladies. You know, of course, that women are better suited to care for children than men. So perhaps the cradle for would-be speakers is better in the hands of the female of the species.

But whatever the cause the new speaker's debate on "That the progress of Science has not been in the best interests of the community" was an improvement on previous new speakers. Miss Nan McGhie was "Madame Chairman." Miss Margaret Shortall was the judge.

Plenty of speakers. Plenty of an audience. Plenty of interjections—quite witty some of them.

Allowing, of course, for the fact that it was a new speaker's debate.

Miss Moir and Mr. Saunders moved the motion.

Mass Justine Smith and Mr. Treadwell opposed.

As could be expected, those for the motion had a very hard case to prove, while their opponents had not.

The case against science was conducted along classical lines. The argument of poison gas, machines of destruction, etc., which are the fruit of perverted knowledge.

And again, that all these labour-saving devices and all that are making mollycoddles of us. It would be much better for us if we had to walk up to lectures instead of taking the cable car.

The pro-scientists merely had to emphasise the progress of modern medicine among other things to prove their case. Mr. Treadwell maintained that only through science was intellectual matter such as is found in "Smad," brought to us. Social wit—Don't hold that against science.

He summarised the progress of science as from quill to fountain pen, from wheelbarrow to tractor.

Mr. Spiller evidently must not read the notice board, for he confessed that he was unaware there was a debate until quite late. He used the argumentum ad hominem, appeal to the baser instincts of the mob: "If it was not for science you wouldn't be having a debate—at least not in this room—around a camp fire I suppose.

He also made effective use of the liberation of man from the grinding struggle for existence—with the consequent opportunities for intellectual and cultural development.

Don got so warmed up that he had to be shut up. of providing cheap luxuries form—

Mechanical inventions as a meansed a large part of Mr. Foley's discourse.

"Take the typewriter. It has done a lot of good. Amongst other things it has raised the marriage age."

Miss Barbara Thompson treated the motion zoologically. If an organism is to survive, it must use to the full its powers of development.

Mr. Winter treated us with cold logic. Man realises the horror of war. Therefore, they proved themselves from agression, thus causing further strife. A vicious circle.

Mr. O'Reilly stated the progress of science will manifest itself through the abolition of war.

The judge, Miss Shortall, gave some hints to speakers about the use of the eye. The glad eye ? No! The use of the eye in quelling an audience.

She placed the speakers in this order: Mr. Treadwell, Miss Justine Smith, Mr. Saunders, Mr. Murphy, Mr. O'Reilly.

The motion was lost.