Social Justice    CATHOLIC BODY CONDEMNS WA GOVT'S DEATH PENALTY PLANS
The Broome Diocesan Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace has condemned the WA Premier's support for bringing back the death penalty to Western Australia.
   "We are in the middle of controversy over the mandatory sentencing issue, and now Mr Court says he is in favour of bringing back the death penalty," the Coordinator, Br Shane Wood said on Friday.
   "The Pope has condemned such a move and so has the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. There are sound psychological, moral, economic and legal reasons for dismissing this latest idea out of hand. These have all been canvassed in the past couple of days. This type of populist pandering and posturing by the Premier does little to address the complex issues involved in reforming our criminal justice system. There will be no easy, quick-fix answers," he said.
   - Broome Diocesan Office of Justice, Ecology & Peace
20/3/00

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