Legislator 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung submitted a draft bill yesterday aiming to pave the way for a vote on universal suffrage by 2007. But while Secretary for Justice Elsie Leung Oi-sie said the administration would not immediately dismiss the bill, the chances of it being tabled for Legco scrutiny are slim because of restrictions in the Basic Law. Speaking after meeting Miss Leung with pro-democracy legislator Fernando Cheung Chiu-hung, Mr Leung said his proposal would give the government and the public a channel to decide issues of importance through a poll. 'With this law, the government will have a legal basis to launch a referendum,' he said. 'A referendum is a civil right and the government should not see it as a monster.' Miss Leung said during the meeting that the government would not discuss whether the draft bill was legally acceptable. She also said the government would avoid advising Legco President Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai on whether it could be tabled in the legislature. 'We only discussed the format of the documents today, and whether it could be tabled is a thing for the Legco president to decide. We will only give advice if the president consults us.' However, Mrs Fan is unlikely to allow the draft bill to be tabled before the legislature on the grounds that it involves the constitutional system. The Basic Law states that no private member's bill should affect established government policies or the constitutional system, except when it has been approved by the government.