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I Politics for Women. I


I Politics for Women. I BY WOMAN VOTER. There seems very little sign of activity among the women politicians; it is essential, however, that they make full use of their time between now and the next election to create an organisation that will secure their return to Parliament. I cannot believe that, not having been succesul on the last occa- sion, they will not try again, but they are certain to suffer the same fate unless they immediately take in hand the great problem of organisation. In this connection there are many things to be considered: firstly, it is a difficult, exceedingly costly and lengthy pro- position, but it is a proved fact, with few exceptions, that elections cannot be won with hastily contrived organisations, and I would recommend the women who intend standing for Parliament at the next election to immediately put their political house in order. Of course, there are so many new poli- tical groups all endeavouring to achieve the same object that it seems a pity some of them cannot get together. For instance, the objects for which the National Party are fighting are practically identical with those of the average woman candidate, and these objects, again, differ only in minor points from the pro- gramme put forward by the Coalition at the last election, with the one main exception that both the women and the National Party are out to abolish political corruption. There- fore, I should think that patriotic women who are desirous of entering the House of Com- mons for the purpose of placing their patriotism before party, cannot do better than work in conjunction with the National Party, l')n '4[) thus saving much duplication of work. In any case, the organisation work has to be done. A mistake that the younger political parties usually make is that they begin organising at the wrong end. They either start just before the election or else they make their organisa- tion and leave the selection of the candidate until the last moment. To my mind this is wrong, and success would be very much more likely if the organisation was built around the prospective candidate. By this I mean, let the constituency first decide upon their future candidate. This should be done at once, not wait until the elections are approaching. Then w a t unti build up your organisation and machinery around this prospective candidate and start work immediately, form an association, and appoint a secretary. This secretary will automatically become the election agent when the proper time has arrived. By this means you have a considerable start over any opposing candidate who may come into the field at the last moment with an agent who is a stranger to the district. The complaint is often made by Independent'* candidates —by Independent I mean those not belonging to any of the old recognised parties and con- sequently not assisted by the caucus machine —that the election was so rushed, and that if they only had more time they could have won easily they were gaining votes daily as they became better known. Now, this is perfectly true, and it is for this reason that the big party machine will always endeavour to rush an election, knowing full well that whereas their organisation has been working steadily year in and year out, preparing for the elec- tion, the Independent candidates who come along at the last moment will find them- selves at a decided disadvantage

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