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WOMEN AND PARLIAMENT.

TWO CANDIDATES' VIEWS. (By Telegraph.—Own Correspondent.) CHRISTCHUKCH, this day. "I do not come to you with a Tunnel Road scheme in one hand and a seaplane base in the other—l have too much respect for your intelligence," said Mrs. E. R. McCombs, Labour candidate for Lyttelton, when she addressed a meeting at Redcliffs. She was given an excellent hearing and a vote of thanks. It.was entirely fitting, she said, that Canterbury should send the first woman member to Parliament, because the movement for the extension of the franchise to women in Now Zealand originated in Canterbury, but though New Zealand had led the British-spealang countries in the matter of the extension of the franchise to women it had lagged far behind in co-opting women to share in the government of the country. "The women of this country," said Mrs. McCombs, "have earned the right to sit in Parliament., We are a young country, and all the work that has gone to building up the country has been shared by the women. It was iny late husband's greatest desire that I should sit in Parliament. Ho always wished that I should extend my sphere of activity in that way, and we had hoped that we might sit in Parliament and work for the country together." There never had been a time in the history of the country, she said, when it was so important that all points of view should be brought to bear on the problems confronting us. "Injustice to Workless Women." "I sometimes think," said the candidate, "that the lack of common sense shown by the Government in dealing with the unemployment problem is almost unbelievable." She criticised the lack of provision for youths between the ages of 16 and 21. "But for downright injustice and callous indifference," she added, "I do not think you can beat the Government's attitude towards unemployed women. The Government is collecting £750,000 annually from the women and girls, and is doing practically nothing for them. I sometimes wonder how much longer the people of the Dominion will tolerate this state of affairs." "Women's Place is at Home." "I believe the same as Hitler believes, that a woman's place is in.the home," announced Mr. E. L. Hills, Independent Labour candidate, speaking at Heathcote. "Do you think women ought to stand for Parliament 1" was the form the question took. Mr. Hills said he had no intention of evading the question. "As far as I am concerned, I believe the 'job of governing the country to-day is a man's job, and a young man's job, too." "Why?" asked a petulant feminine voice. "Because," said Mr. Hills, "I believe the difficulties of the country are too great for women." "The-men have made a hash of it,", joined in a male voice. It was then that Mr. Hills expressed similar views to Hitler. "I have waited for this direct question a long time," lie said, "and now I've got it. The home is women's natural place, and their natural sphere." "That is old-fashioned," chimed in- a feminine voice. » "But women have managed their homes recently with very little finance, and I think they could do the same with the country," said a young man, who rose to Ms feet. "It's the same old thing," said Mr. Hills. " 'If you don't give me the answer I like, I'm finished with you. . At least you must agree that my statements are honest and frank."

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WOMEN AND PARLIAMENT., Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 211, 7 September 1933

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WOMEN AND PARLIAMENT. Auckland Star, Volume LXIV, Issue 211, 7 September 1933

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