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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

■ THi'. QUESTION OF TH FIR ADMISSION. [From Our Parliamentary Reporter.] WELLINGTON, October ?A. The prospect of women pitting in fho Parliament of Now Zealand lias readied the point '.if serious consideration. The House lias decided that- women shad he eligible for teals in the Legislative Oounril, the reform of which in one oi the cardinal planks in Urn Reform programme of the Government. ami in its next breath it'declined that .tv.jimei shall not have the right to sit in the H-msc of Representatives. II is therefore apparent, that the Iwo branches of (ho Legislature are likely to come into serious conflict. It is not usual for the higher branch, of the Legislature to eerid to the- representative Chamber a Bill which practically mean:; its extinction, bin. when the representative Chamber tacks on to such a. Bill a clause providing that women may .sit in a. reformed Council, amide provision is made for serious conflict between the two Houses. That is the position at the present moment. The House has told the Council that it must admit women, and has said that it refuses to admit women to its own legislative quarters. _ The. possibilities of tho situation were discussed between your representative, and a prominent legislator, and the result worked out on something like these lines ; It is quite possible, that under certain conditions the. Council may agree to alter its constitution. If, on the other hand, the. House imposes cm that change oi constitution the inclusion of women as possible legislators. there arc all the possibilities of a conflict. which means a conference bciween the two Houses. The piopo : .i, for irjving wo lieu seat, in the Council came aom the Government side of the House, and it is quite on the cards, ihere/orc, that when the issue eoir.es to he decided the Government will find themselves up against au opposing force which includes some, of their leading •supporter's. What will happen then? A careful inquiry goes to show that Ok- Council Reform Bill twill not he placed <*:>. the .Statute Book if it contains a provision that women may occupy scats iu that branch of the Legi slat ure, and in that case the measure will constitute once again a prominent place in the programme of tho Government at the General Election;. [What, is mare likely is that the Council will throw out Dr Newman's clause giving women the right to he elected, and that the House, in the face of the narrow majority by which the proposal was assented to. will give way, thus enabling (he Bill to become law.—lid. H.SJ

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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT, Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT Issue 15632, 24 October 1914

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