26/01/2017

I research on the referendums in New Zealand about Alcohol policy.

https://nzhistory.govt.nz/files/styles/fullsize/public/images/kiwi-caged.jpg?itok=OIQDjG1A

Surprisingly, New Zealand is the first country in the world to get women's suffrage and the women's suffrage is concerned in the referendums about prohibition.


The Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), established in 1885, was also an important voice in the temperance campaign. Women were widely thought to be among the worst affected by alcohol, in an era when they were largely dependent on men for money to sustain the home and family. The WCTU would campaign strongly for women's political rights, helping New Zealand women win the vote in 1893. https://nzhistory.govt.nz/politics/temperance-movement/beginnings


I have read these articles about referendums.


I have still questions.
I can't find the reason why New Zealand held referendums on Prohibition every general election. 
I understand Alcohol policy is really the subject of much debate in New Zealand.

I think the government didn't prefer prohibition at that time.
So, Were the government afraid of fixing Prohibition?
Or Prohibitionist wanted many chances to achieve prohibition. 

I'd like to know "who(Continuationist, or Prohibitionist)", and why they wanted to hold referendums every election. I understand referendum once, but I don't know why they decided to "hold referendums on every election"?


2nd,
I know why NZ skipped referendum in 1931 because of WW1.
However I don't know Why New Zealand skipped referendum in 1951,


If you have any idea of the questions.

Please let me know. Thank you very much.


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