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Salient: Victoria University Students' Paper. Vol. 30, No. 9. 1967.

Sex debate - 300 plus attend

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Sex debate - 300 plus attend

by Tony Jaques

That John Croucher and Dan Bradshaw are virgins, and that Roger Lawrence and John Wild are the sons res-pectively of David Herbert and Oscar were just some of the dramatic but unsubstantiated allegations made during the Debating Society's annual Sex Debate.

Affirming the motion "That a bird in the bush is worth two in the bed," Messrs. Bradshaw and Croucher defined "the bush" as the state of nature wherein all is clean and wholesome. "The bed" they saw as representing all that is worldly and evil.

"I am not a nature enthusiast, I prefer the home comforts of bed," commented Mr. Lawrence, who described in colourful terms the frustration (?) of a male lucky enough to find himself in bed with two particularly attractive film actresses at one time.

Mr. Croucher contrasted the blissful purity of one in the bush with the lust and degradation of two in the bed. "One is a mystery of ecstasy, the other a laboratory of self-gratification," he rhapsodised. "The affair rests on the truth of the heart itself."

Mr. Wild, speaking against the motion, put his case somewhat more bluntly. "We want sex," he heralded, "and we want it in bed, and two birds are twice as good as one bird." He gave no authority for this assertion.

Roger Lawrence, leader of the negative, considered the topic In its ornithological aspect and concluded. "One bird up in a rose-bush cannot get along by itself, but two birds in the flower-bed below can get on very nicely."

"The affirmative submit that one bird in the bush for both of them is better than two birds in the bed for both of us . . ." he said, leaving any conclusion undrawn.

Chairman Gerard Curry put the motion of the debate to the audience, who decided against it 31-60.

Best speaker of the evening was judged by guest adjudicator Hector McNeil to be Peter Blizzard, who spoke from the floor. Best speaker on the platform was John Croucher, who was placed fourth overall.