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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

As the Legislative Council yesterday afternoon agreed to the report of the conferenca on the Council Reform Bill, the measure now only requires the formal assent of Hi; Excellency to become law. When the matter came before the Chamber, The Hon. Messrs Barr and Paul declared that the insertion of the clause with regard to the qualifications of women was a plain illustration of insincerity. The Hon. Mr Beehan regarded the Bill as an abomination, and regretted that provision had not been made in the first place for women to sit in the Council. The Hon. Captain Baillio said .he would not express an opinion as to whether women would be suitable as legislators or not.

ihe Hon. Mr Wigram said he thought it was not right that such a big constitutional change should be brought about by a side issue. The Bill was a Government one, and the provision had been brought in by a private member. The Minister (Hon. Mr Bell) said the managers of the House had dealt fairly with the Council, and it was not possible that there should have been a misunderstanding as to the purport of the clause dealing with women--viz., that they would be eligible to sit in the Council when Parliament extended a similar concession to women as regarded their right to sit in the House of Representatives.

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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT, Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT Issue 15640, 3 November 1914

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