A CONFUSED ELECTION.
TO THK ICDITOII. Sir.—Under the above heading appeared an article on tho front page of your issue of Saturday last, which should be pondered by all thinking people, no matter what shade of politico! or other opinions they may hold. The. principle of Proportional Itepreseutation has at last made its advent into the realm of party politics, and if there is to be another election soon as a result of the present chaotic,undemocratic method, or want of method, of election, surely it behoves all parties in tho new Parliament to combine and pass into law at ono sitting, and the very first Bill at that, this ioug-lookcd-for and necessary change, to a rational system of election. Mr Massev distinctly said, as reported in 'Hansard' in 1208, when speaking against the. Second Ballot Act, in reply to a question aa to what was his remedy for the system which wo have just decided this elei.tion on and was then in force: "I would institute a system of Proportional Representation." Hero we have Mr Massey in 1908 speaking thus, and when he gets into power ho reverts back to the same first-past-the-post system. It is true they confirmed the principle in regard to the Upper House, but what would you think of a person who drank whisky telling another drinker of whisky of the benefits he would derive from leaving it alone and becoming a teetotaller? Wouldn't the second drinker say: "Well, you start titst, and I'll wait and see how you geton." On the face of it. 1 should say the Lower House, being elective now, should have been tho first to give it a trial. Then there would have been no need for the fight ihe Upper House put up in combating tliis piece of legislation. But surely after this election there can bo no doubt as to tho wisdom of a change. In 1908 Mr Massey was in favor of it: in 1914 Sir Joseph Ward is in favor of it: the Labor and Socialist parties have always been in favor of it. vSo the. position now amounts to this: unless Mr Massey has recanted his former conviction, then all parties aro agreed, and if all aro agreed, then dispute endeth, and the. time is ripe to inaugurate the change. Hoping this agitation bears fruit before another election—l am, etc., Pkoohkss. December 15.
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A CONFUSED ELECTION., Evening Star, Issue 15677, 16 December 1914