THE WOMEN'S FRANCHISE.
The opponents of the Women's Franchise, which passed its second reading with flying colours, succeeded last night in obstructing tha bill in committee, and, finally, at one o'clock this morning, obtained a snatch vote against the principle of the bill. The resort to obstruction which is becoming a common practice with the minority in our legislative assembly will soon have to be°mct by iron-hand rules. Obstruction is no doubt excusable on rare occasions when some great wrong might otherwise be done without the people being consulted; but no deliberative assembly can, with respect to itself or justice to those it represents, allow a minority to rule. We fear the prospects for the Women's Franchise Bill are not very encouraging for this session, but women who value their rights, and who believe that their votes would have a refining and not a deteriorating influence upon our laws and lawmakers, should do their utmost at the approaching elections to unseat the candidates who have opposed their enfranchisement. The cause is one worth fighting for, and they must not forget that what is true of men is also true of women —"She who would be free herself must strike the blow."
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THE WOMEN'S FRANCHISE., Auckland Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 118, 20 May 1887
THE WOMEN'S FRANCHISE. Auckland Star, Volume XVIII, Issue 118, 20 May 1887
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