Law plan opposed

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 01 March, 1997, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 01 March, 1997, 12:00am

The Law Society yesterday questioned the wisdom of introducing legislation on treason, secession, sedition and subversion at this time.

In a submission to the Legislative Council's bills committee studying the Crimes (Amendment) (No 2) Bill, the Law Society said: 'We do not agree with the proposal in clause 5A to create an offence of secession.

'We have some sympathy with the sentiments expressed by some members of Human Rights Monitor that the passage of moderate legislation at this time might deter the passing of more draconian provisions after the transfer of sovereignty. But we believe this to be a naive approach which may have the reverse effect intended,' the Law Society submitted.

Chairman of Human Rights Monitor, Paul Harris, said he now agreed that there was 'no justification for legislation introducing such offences'.