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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948

Socialist Club

Socialist Club

As in the two previous years of its existence, the Socialist Club has started off 1948 with a burst of activity. In January a most successful week-end school was held at Lower Hutt, where four most profitable discussions were led by Messrs M. Mitchell, J. Winchester, D. Cohen and R. Nunes. Business was, however, combined with pleasure: and the social side of the week-end was enjoyed by all. It is planned to put on a similar function over King's Birthday week-end.

The Annual General Meeting brought Ron Smith's report on the Australasian Student Labour Federation Conference at which he led our delegation, in January. As a result a New Zealand Student Labour Federation has been instituted—including our own club, the Auckland University College Labour Club, the Canterbury University College Socialist Club, and the Otago University Radical Club. We are providing the Executive for the current year.

This has been probably the biggest step in our club's history. It will mean a greatly facilitated co-ordination in New Zealand socialist student action: and believe us, many more issues will arise like the East Indian War, which, like it, will demand action.

An active interest has been taken, too, in Trade Union affairs. Since the beginning of the year the Carpenters' Dispute, the Mangakino Strike, and the internal struggle within the Federation of Labour have occupied our interest We passed a resolution supporting the Carpenters, which, though sent to the Press, was 'iron-curtained' by all but one paper—and that a weekly.

The success of a pamphlet published by us last year has prompted us to repeat the effort: this time a joint work of past and present club members on the 'Readers' Digest' as a public enemy; this magnum opus is as yet but embryonic, but it is hoped that it will be out before the end of the second term.

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President: Harry Evison. Secretary-Treasurer: Conrad Bollinger. Committee: Nell Casey. Harold Dowrick, ' Oscar' Melling.


Patron: F. L. Combs. Vice-Presidents: A. H. Scotney, J. F. Platts-Mills, James Bertram, Tobias Hill.