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SEAMEN AND VOTES

STRIKE AFTEE-MATH. STATEMENT 1!Y MINISTER. [FrtOM Ol'lt I'AItUAJIKNTARV III'.I'OEJ'EK.J WELLINGTON, October 23. Interesting remarks on. the subject of the seamen's vote were made by the Hon. F. M. 11. Fisher in summing up the Logis- j iaturc Amendment Hill in the House ju.st after 2 this morning. The Leader of the Opposition, he .said, had made. a. statement that there bad apparently been no necessity 4o alter the electoral law relating i\) .seamen from 1893 to 1911, but one. of the .main purposes for which the Beform Government had been returned was to amend or repeal defective, laws which had. been passed in the time of their'predecessors. On iho whole, the seamen had not .abused the privileges which had been extended to them iby Parliament. Circumstances; however, had changed considerably. For the first time sine** 1891 vvc were to have, an election following on a maritime strike. The seamen had openly declared that they were going to abuse the privilege extended to them by Parliament by concentrating their votes in certain electorates. "'One of these electorates," added Mr Fisher, "is my own. The threatened action is due to'in'y hav- j in*;, a* Minister of Marine, suspended j the Whipping and 'Seamen Act, during the ; maritime strike. 1 was at that time approached 'by members of the Seamen's Union and asked not to suspend the. Act, because if J refused it would'enable tho seamen to block the commerce of the country, and so have the- effect of bursting up the Ma-ssev Government. T point blank refused to listen to the suggestion, and would have been false to my trust and false to my colleagues if I had entertained the (suggestion for a moment. I was then informed that the, #eanien at the following election would exercise I heir power and concentrate their votes in a singlet electorate, and I do not hesitate lo say that one of the intention* of the Hill is to prevent that being done.'' No seaman would be deprived of hjs vote ! who was properly entitled to it. AH the j measure proposed was to fix the district | in which a isearnan should vote, and prevent votes from all over New Zealand being concentrated into one. ballot box.

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SEAMEN AND VOTES, Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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SEAMEN AND VOTES Issue 15631, 23 October 1914

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