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At Morice's invitation Goldstein addressed the 15 October 1913 WNPA meeting and gave a public lecture in the Co-operative Hall on October 31 on "The importance of non-party organisation".
The first recorded instance of this is the visit to Adelaide in May 1913 of two English teacher-suffragists, Harriet Newcomb and Margaret Hodge, who at a special WNPA meeting chaired by Morice outlined the franchise movement in England from its early nineteenth-century beginnings up to the foundation of the Women's Social and Political Union (representing 44 franchise societies and religious bodies).
In following years Newcomb's correspondence with feminist organizations like the WNPA kept the enfranchised and non-enfranchised women of the Empire in touch with each other and informed them of developments in the international women's movement.
Meanwhile, in Adelaide, Morice assiduously worked on the WNPA subcommittee formed in 1911 "for the protection of women and children", cooperating with delegates from other women's organizations and the Social Reform Bureau on influential deputations to the Premier and Chief Secretary which requested reform of the female prison system.
Morice represented the WNPA on the April 1915 deputation to Chief Secretary Styles which secured Cocks' appointment as Principal Police Matron; also on the deputation (likewise organized by the Social Reform Bureau) in November 1915 which sought alterations in the law of bequests for the benefit of widows and orphans.
(41) Her activism within the WNPA continued into the 1920s when she was in the sixth decade of her life and the Association's name changed to the League of Women Voters.
There is a paradox in the history of the WNPA. A feminist organization that took the leading interest in the welfare of Aboriginal women and children, the WNPA has been identified as one of those bodies that actually advocated, at least in the early years, Aboriginal child removal.
The WNPA's concern about the Bungalow girls working in Adelaide, however, was connected to their recent and rather disastrous foray into the area of Aboriginal policy reform.
McKay was recognized somewhat as WNPA's expert on Aboriginal matters, her husband having been the sub-Protector of Aborigines at Alice Springs before the Commonwealth (federal government) takeover in 1911.
McKay's public talk for the WNPA in September 1924 on the "shocking conditions" at the Bungalow caused a sensation.
McKay's talk galvanized the WNPA. They wrote immediately to the federal government urging the relocation of the Bungalow, and for the first time the appointment of "a woman protector for the aboriginal and half-caste women and girls in the northern area," to be based at Alice Springs.
McKay's direction at this meeting might be read as an attempt to bring the WNPA back to what she saw as being its proper key issue of concern--the protection of Aboriginal and mixed-descent women from white men.