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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol 35 no. 18. 27th July 1972

Right to Speak

Right to Speak


In the "Evening Post" of 18 July, 1972, it was reported that I did not speak at the S.G.M. called to discuss the donation of $2,000 to the Vietnam Aid Fund. Although this is substantially correct I would like to see the implication that I did not attempt to speak clarified. As the seconder of the motion I reserved my right to speak till a later stage of the meeting. This was accepted by the Chairman of the meeting, Mr Cullen. Several times during the discussion I sought recognition from the Chair but this was not forthcoming. When the call to put the motion was made I called upon the Chairman to recognize my right to speak as the seconder of the motion. Mr Cullen ruled against this declaring that only the mover (Mr Stubbs) could speak at that stage. As I understand it Mr Cullen's ruling was wrong and as I had reserved the right to speak at a later stage this right should have been fulfilled.

Both Mr Stubbs and myself accept that the decision at the meeting was a majority one representative of student opinion. Although we regret the decision we wish to affirm that we will abide by it and strongly deny the rumours circulating around the University that we intend taking legal action. We do not feel that this course of action is an appropriate one in these circumstances. As far as we are concerned the matter has been finally decided.

J. F. Timmins.