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Salient: Victoria University of Wellington Students' Newspaper. Vol. 32, No. 4. 1969.

... and co-opt they did

... and co-opt they did

Mr. Terry Arnold, an honours student in Law, was co-opted onto the Executive of the Students' Association on Monday night as Public Relations Officer.

The appointment went through after a debate on the right of the Executive to co-opt members.

Simon Arnold moved that the appointment be considered at the Annual General Meeting of the Students Association which is tonight.

Speaking to the motion, Mr S. Arnold said an A.G.M. was more representative of the student body than was Executive.

"Because of the convenience of an A.G.M. the Executive should defer it's power to co-opt."

Mr Thomson said an A.G.M. was no more representative.

"We represent the students," he said.

Peter Cullen suggested that the operation woul be too "cumbersome", and said the Executive should co-opt a member.

Caroline McGrath asked Mr S. Arnold if this was just an attempt to get his favourite candidate onto Executive, for he would have more chance at an A.G.M.

Mr S. Arnold agreed that this was the case.

The motion was then put and was carried 4.3.

Mr Thomson asked what had happened to everybody.

Mr Wild who was eating his tea, was invited to vote. Mr Currie asked him which way he wanted to vote.

Mr Wild considered the matter and said he would vote against the motion.

Mr Thomson then called for a new vote to be taken.

It was taken and Helen McGrath who previously voted for the motion, and who was the original seconder, voted against the motion.

This was a contravention of the constitution which states that nobody who seconds a motion can vote against it.

Nobody seemed to pick this up however and the Executive commenced to co-opt Mr T. Arnold.