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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria University College, Wellington N.Z. Vol. 20, No. 6. May 9, 1957

Australia pleads guilty . .

Australia pleads guilty . . .

This summer the New Zealand Travel and Exchange Officers felt that the Scheme for exchange of students between New Zealand and Australia had worked most unsatisfactorily; partly due to the dislocation of transport caused aby the Olympic Games, partly, too, because of extreme inefficiency in Australia. Accordingly Mr. Thomas, President of N.U.A.U.S. (National Union of Australian University Students) was asked to attend our Easter N.Z.U.S.A, Council Meeting. This he did.

The trial got underway when round the table delegates in turn explained how they had suffered: students arrived in Sydney to find that contrary to earlier information the Australian Congress was now to be held at Melbourne (no one had bothered to tell us of the change); detailed arrangements were made, especially in Auckland, to meet students who were announced to be coming to New Zealand, but did not appear; despite ample information sent by New Zealand Congress Controller, P. D. Gibbons, very few Australians came to our Congress, because of bad publicity and weak organisation, etc.

"All thus is too horribly true. We can only plead guilty," Mr. Thomas replied. He assured N.Z.U.S.A. that such circumstances would not re-occur, and asked to be bound over for good behaviour for a year.

The Chief Prosecutor, Mr. Boag, of A.U.C., was not satisfied with the Presidential personal guarantee, and urged that the Exchange Scheme be droapped. He threatened Auckland's refusal to co-operate, which would wreck the scheme.

Eventually, however, the guarantee was worked out under Mr. Boag's supervision, and it was agreed to keep the Scheme going.


Lest we Forget Ourselves

The Students' Association Executive has directed the editors (in view of events of 1st April and the proximity of Capping Day) to publish a summary of the disciplinary power? vested in the Executive by delegatior from the Professrial Board, a complete list of which appear on pp. 146-149 of the College Calendar.

Past and intending delinquents are hereby reminded that the Executive may, for—conduct which tends to be subversive of discipline;

—conduct which tends to bring discredit on the College;

—a breach of any Association rule, inflict any of the following punishments:


—fine up to £1;

—Suspension, for (with 4/5 vote of Exec. and right of appeal to 2/3 vote of a general meeting) expulsion from Association.

All punishments and details of the acts for which they are meted out must be reported to the Principal.

Capping Comment

In spite of the shadow hanging over the Pacific, capping celebrations must go on.