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TO-DAY’S PARLIAMENT

LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL. The Council met at 10.30 a.m. An Imprest Supply Bill (No. 5J passed all stages without debate. The Council rose at 10.35 till 2.30. • HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. The House met at 11 o'clock. In reply to tho Hon. A. T. Ngata, the Prime Minister said that. no • answer was yet to hand from tho Imperial authorities to the request that the whole Maori contingent should be sent to one destination, instead of being divided as was at present proposed. Tlio Legislative Amendment Bill was received from the Council and read a first ■time.

The amendments made by the Council in tho Iron and Steel Industries Bill were agreed to on the motion of the Hon. W. Fraser.

WOMEN IN 1- PARLIAMENT. Tho Sneaker announced that a conference with tho Legislative Council on tho Legislative Council Bill had come to an agreement on tho question of admitting women to tho .Council. The Prime Minister explained that, the agreement meant that so soon as tho House agreed to admit women to tho Lower Chamber, then, automatically, women were entitled to become members of the Upper House. He had either to accept this arrangement, or lose the Bill. Tho Leader of tho Opposition strongly objected to accepting such an arrangement without a further straggle. He moved an amendment to have tho matter reconsidered.

The Prime Minister admitted that the Bill would have to be reconsidered by Parliament before it came into effect. Meantime, he was not going to have the measure killed.

Mr Russell said the Council asked the House to stultify itself by imposing such conditional legislation upon it. Mr Isitt accused the Prime Minister of insincerity if he was prepared to abandon this great step forward without a struggle. Dr Newman said the decision of tho confci-ence did not. advance tho cause of women one bit. He hoped that the Bill would not ho killed, os the whole question depended on the votes of the future. Mr Wilford and Mr Ell accused Dr Newman of deserting ' tho cause he professed to champion. Anyone endorsing this compromise would bo false to the cause of women.

Mr Escott contended that those supporting Sir Joseph Ward were merely trying to kill the Bill. The Prime Minister, in reply, said the conference had gone into the matter closely--, and he was convinced that there was a grave danger of losing the Bill if tho compromise were not accepted. if this arrangement were accepted, then no future Council could raise the question if the House decided to admit women to the Lower Chamber. It was therefore a great step in advance. He agreed that women should bo admitted to tho Council, but he was not going to sacrifice the whole; Bill for one clause.

Sir Joseph Ward’s amendment was lost by '3O votes to 21, and the report of the conference agreed to. MINING LEGISLATION.

The Hon. Mr Fraser moved tho second reading of the Mining Amendment Bill, explaining that (he F.ill was based on evidence given before the Mines Committee. It was much the same Bill a.s that broughtdown last year. Mr Poland said tho Bill contained many provisions beneficial to miners, but he regretted that the Bill did not abolish night shifts and estabbsb a fixed temperature in mines, or provide for the appointment o: medical inspectors. The debite was interrupted by the luncheon adjournment at 1 o'clock.

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TO-DAY’S PARLIAMENT, Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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TO-DAY’S PARLIAMENT Issue 15639, 2 November 1914

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