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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume. 34, Number 16. September 8th 1971

Arts Festival Debating and Oratory

Arts Festival Debating and Oratory

Victoria University made a clean sweep of the debating and oratory events at Arts Festival.

The intervarsity debating tournament for the Joynt Scroll was won by Victoria - Henry Stubbs, John Blincoe and Russel Fairbrother - for the third year in succession. They defeated Otago in the first round, affirming "That Parliamentary Democracy has failed in New Zealand". And in the final they defeated Auckland, affirming "That the New Zealand Tax-payer does not get value for money from the Universities."

Victoria also figured very prominently in the New Zealand Universities team selected at the contest. That team will debate the Australian Universities' team currently touring New Zealand for the Tasman Trophy on September 11. New Zealand hold the trophy at present. Team Captain is Henry Stubbs - who was also selected best speaker in Joynt Scroll - with Russell Fairbrother as third speaker. John Blincoe is reserve. The other team member is Tim McDonald of Canterbury.