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Practically no cases have been notified in and around Dunedin during the present month, but a few cases have been reported from the South Otago district, though fortunately none of a serious character. Dr Hughes (district health officer) has been working with the local Influenza Epidemic Committee, and in the event of a recrudescence all arrangements are complete to meet the outbreak on the lines adopted previously.
Influenza appears to be still fairly prevalent in Christchurch. For the current months, up till Wednesday, 24 cases of simple influenza had been notified.
Women's representation bill
There was a general smile and gentle laughter (says our Wellington correspondent) when the Prime Minister gave notice yesterday of the Women's Parliamentary Representation Bill.
Ordinarily it would not have been necessary to give a Bill of this character, the purpose of which is to provide for women sitting as members of the Legislature, such a cumbrous title. It must be a Bill to amend the Legislature Act, and in ordinary times the Bill would have been called the Legislature Amendment Bill.
The reason for avoiding this title is that to introduce a Bill so named would throw open a wide gateway for the introduction of much matter quite foreign to the special purpose of the Bill. Mr M'Combs might draft a series of clauses on proportional representation, and there might be opportunities for other members to have brought up other little fancies of their own.
Encouraged by the declaration of both political leaders in favour of women having the right to stand for parliamentary election, Mrs W. R. Wilson, on behalf of the Auckland Women's Club, is in Wellington for the purpose of bringing personally before Sir Joseph Ward and Mr Massey a unique desire to avoid a direct political struggle against men.
Consequently it is suggested that each island should be divided into two electorates, returning a woman candidate upon the votes of both sexes on the preferential voting system.
This would secure four special female representatives. Women will also, it is proposed, participate in the election of 76 male members. It is proposed to take a poll of both elections the same day.
Presbyterian women missionaries
The annual meeting of the Presbyterian Women's Missionary Union was held in St. Andrew's Church Bible Class Hall yesterday afternoon, and was very numerously attended.
Mrs Evans moved the adoption of the report and balance sheet, and in so doing said they must not forget the arduous task that their women workers had had on the fields during the war, when so many of the men were called to the work of the Empire. They had cause to thank God for the work carried on by their courageous women amid great difficulties and in lonely places.
The strain had been too much for them, and members did not wonder when they heard of their health breaking down. In some cases their furlough was long overdue, and yet they wished to carry on, because there were no others to take up the work they would leave. Truly members had cause to be proud of women workers in the mission fields.
- ODT, 29.8.1919.
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