Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 6, No. 4 April 14, 1943
A patchy house made some show of listening to a debate on the motion. "That this house is in favour of general elections this year." Mr. Campbell opened the debate with much vigour and matter, some of which was relevant. His three main arguments were against anticipated opposition, but by no means destroyed his opponents case. For the affirmative Mr. Armstrong urged that the war should hold first place in our minds today. A new speaker, Mr. Mackenzie, had better matter than presentation, while Mrs. Mary Boyd had both poise and material.
Highlights from the floor were: "The public is a great big fickle baby"; "Politics, like rugby, is a game where two teams stand up and throw mud at each other." Mr. Daniells enthralled the audience by his attempts at the Indian rope trick.
Speakers were placed by Mr. Parker, judge for the evening, in this order: Mr. Campbell, Mrs. Mary Boyd, Messrs. Ziman and B. O'Connor, Miss Cecil Crompton, and Pte. Nathan. Mr. Parker, in his summing up and criticism, demonstrated the flaws shown by most V.U.C. speakers.