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I know of- no measure that could be so fraught with possibilities for national disaster and for the surrender of rights and freedoms as the so-called San Francisco "Charter," which our "representatives" in Parliament are at the moment being asked to' "ratify" without its contents and full implications being made known. Could there conceivably be a situation calling for a more vital choice between the principles of democratic government and its antithesis? Is there an adult "worker with intelligence so mean that it fails to grasp the irony of this situation, where Mr. Algie, whom they have been taught to regard as the very symbol of "conservatism," alone has challenged the so-called "champions of democracy" in their attempt to commit us blindly to a measure of such tremendous importance? Does the public require a more brilliant example of the frustrating effect of our long conditioning to the use of political labels? I suggest that every thinking citizen should immediately phone, wire or write his member of Parliament forbidding him to acquiesce in thus supporting what might easily be the death-knell of democratic government. We must have full opportunity to know precisely what we are being asked to ratify. FRANK N. ROBSON

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SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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SAN FRANCISCO CHARTER Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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