Law Coffee Hour
Australia's beautiful beaches are one reason why her workers never match American productiveness, Dean Griswould told a scantily attended final Law School Coffee Hour in Harkness Lounge yesterday.
Commenting on his recent trip to New Zealand and Australia, Griswould described the pleasantly lackadaisical atmosphere that pervades the island continent. A worker will hold his job for a while, then take, his kids to the sea-shore, and return only when the money runs out, he explained.
Labor consistently rejects incentive chimes like worker-dividends, deeming them devices for fattening he bosses, he said. As a result, the Melbourne away is still far from completion although its cornerstone was-laid in the 1920's. But nobody seems to mind very much.
Class distinctions are very pronounced in Australia, Griswold pointed out; explaining that children of workers rarely achieve occupational positions above their class.
New Zealand, on the other hand, is extremely homogenous, according to Griswold. Emphasizing the island's idyllic simplicity, he remarked that it you happen to drive into a certain gas station in the city of Christchurch the prime minister himself is likely to fill up your tank.
The only social distinctions upheld here are among the small native population, the Maoris, who landed on New Zealand in the fourteenth century, Maori families, it seems, pride themselves on which canoe their ancestors came over on.
The Dominion is a "still-picture of Britain in 1874," Griawold said, where tea is served seven times a day and nobody heats his house in the winter even though there is plenty of fuel, just because this is the custom in England.
Griswold discussed in some detail the country's four Law Schools, which take students just out of high school, who then study part-time and serve as part-time apprentices to practising lawyers. This system provides law firms with a cheap labor supply, Griswold said, though it has relatively little educational value.
Both Dominions, Griswold concluded, realize that they must now look more and more toward the United States since their populations are too small to resist pressures which may come from the north