HC Deb 04 May 1911 vol 25 cc590-1

asked the Prime Minister if he had received from the Prime Minister of the Australian Commonwealth a copy of a resolution passed unanimously by the Senate declaring that the extension of the suffrage to the women of Australia for States and Commonwealth Parliaments had had the most beneficial results; that it had led to the more orderly conduct of elections; that at the last federal elec- tions the women's vote in the majority of the States showed a greater proportionate increase than that cast by men; and that, because the reform had brought nothing but good, the Senate respectfully urged all nations enjoying representative government to grant votes to women; and if His Majesty's Government had considered this resolution with a view of acting upon the advice given?


I received from the President of the Senate the resolution referred to, which is entitled to and has received attentive consideration. I regret to say, however, that the minds of the Members of His Majesty's Government are still divided as to the expediency of woman suffrage.


Has the right hon. Gentleman received from the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth, as well as from the Senate, a Resolution of this character; and would there be any objection to circulating it amongst Members?


I must ask for notice of that.