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PARLIAMENT.

HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,

Friday, Nov. 7.

EVENING SITTING,

In Committee on the Qualification of Electors Bill, after Mr Montgomery’s single vote amendment was rejected, Mr Ballancc moved to strike out the word “ man ” with the view to insert the word “person,” the effect being to allow women to become electors.

Messrs Swanson, Turnbull, Speight, Trimble, Murray, Wallis, Hall and o f hers, supported the amendment, while Messrs Brandon, Seddon, and J. T. Fisher strongly opposed it. The Committee divided on the question “ That the word ‘ man ’ be retained. ”

Ayes, 2D. Noes, 34. Ayes —Andrews, Allwright, Barron, Brandon, Colbeck,Dick, Driver, J. T. Fisher, Gibbs, Gisborne, Hamlin, Kelly, Levin, Macdonald, M'Lean, Moorhouse, Ormond, Pyke, Rolleston, Seddon, Shanks, Sheehan, Shepherd, Stevens, Sutton, Tole, Whyte, Richardson. Noes—Adams, Atkinson, Bain, Ballance, Brown, De Latour, Finn, George, Hall, Harris, Hursthonso, Ireland, Johnstone, Kenny, Macandrew, Montgomery, Moss, Murray, Oliver, Pitt, Reeves, Reid, Saunders, Speight, Swanson, Tainni, Tavvhai, Te Whero. Tomoana, Trimble, Turnbull, Wallis, Willis, Wright.

The result was received with cheers, and the word “person” was inserted in the danse.

Mr Moss then moved, on the first subsection of section 2, the following amendment ; —“Every person being a British subject, not less than 21 years of age, who shall have resided in New Zealand for one year, and in the electoral district for which he or she claims to vote, not less than one month immediately proceeding the registration of his or her vote, is entitled to be registered as an elector of such district, and to vote at the election in such district for members of the House of Representatives "

Subsequently Mr v.bced leave to withdraw this bu: v. was rwiused and pro-

gress was reported with leave to sit again, The House rose at midnight.

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PARLIAMENT. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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