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    Three University lecturers - two Australians and one Briton - have been deported from Rhodesia.?

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    CU Sign University of Rhodesia pan to University Buildings

    MV PAN Social Studies wing

    CU Dr. Kenneth Good interview

    DR. GOOD: "The teaching staff decided it was impossible to go on teaching when police were called on to the campus and some 150 students were taken into detention and were arrested. We took this decision after consulting with the remainder of the students that were taking political science, discussing it with them for about an hour, and it was generally agreed, in fact unanimously agreed, that it was impossible to go on giving classes."

    QUESTION: "Why did you feel it was unnecessary to call in the police to handle this situation?"

    DR. GOOD: "Because the students had put forward legitimate grievances. To begin with, the students had reacted to a statement made by Rhodesian Parliamentarian that was directly insulting to the black students. Subsequent to that a group of black students tried to present a petition to the Principal, which emphasised bad wages, poor conditions for black staff at the University, both academic, maintenance staff and others. This was not particularly well received. The students were unhappy about this. The tried to see the Principal again and the very quick reaction was the calling in of a very large number of police. Now from what I know of Universities throughout the world an Administration today is very, very loath to call in the police onto the campus, not that the campus is sacrosanct to the police, it's just that they would be the very last steps that were taken.. the calling in of the police. Here it was done very very quickly."

    QUESTION: "Do you think that this is where the authorities went wrong in their handling of the situation. This, too quickly going in?"

    DR. GOOD: "Indeed I do. From that general situation but then from the particular Rhodesian one. The campus became line one of the African townships it was just like Harari or a Highfield and it was black students the police were acting against, not the white."

    QUESTION: "In view of what has happened what do you think of the future of the University as a multi-racial institution?

    DR. GOOD: "Well, that's terribly big question. I don't particularly think it is a multi-racial institution right now. It's a multi-racial institution formally by the Charter as the Administration keeps saying but black as students and staff don't have anything like an equal role with white students and with white staff. They're not paid the same, they don't have the same status.

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    Background: Three University lecturers - two Australians and one Briton - have been deported from Rhodesia. The lecturers, who worked at the multiracial University of Rhodesia, were given seven days to leave the country. Dr. Kenneth Good and Miss. Helen Barnes, both from Melbourne, were handed the deportation orders last week. The orders gave no reasons for the action, other than stating they had been issued under the section of the Immigration Act dealing with "undesirable residents". The third lecturer, Mr. A.J. Dixon declined to comment on the action against him. All three were lecturing in political science at the University.

    Dr. Good said he had no regrets about leaving Rhodesia. "I'm pleased to be going," he said. "This is about the best thing the Rhodesian Government could have given me." Dr. Good has worked at the University for the last year. Miss. Barnes, who's been there since March, said she had no misgivings about leaving Rhodesia.

    Later, Dr. Good said teaching staff in his department had stopped giving classes after police were called onto the campus and 150 students arrested. More than 100 African students at the University were given jail sentences last month following a riot on the campus on August 7th. Dr. Good insisted that the University of Rhodesia was not a multiracial institution. He said black students and staff did not have an equal role with white people at the University.


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