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  1. Facts of filibustering: are long delays really worth it?

    Posted May 17th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Alex Yeung, University of Hong Kong It is not clear how long the Legislative Council (Amendment) Bill, and other bills in the queue, will take if the current filibustering tactic of some ... This filibustering tactic aims to delay, and ultimately prevent, a vote on the bill being passed. The local media has mainly focused on the unhappiness and counter-measures taken by those in favour ...

  2. Government takes us for fools when it comes to true cost of Legco filibuster

    Posted May 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... The propensity of the average person to fall for every accusation brought by the administration and the establishment when it comes to the mantra on costs trotted out to stymie opposition to preferred policies, however unpalatable, never ceases to amaze. Take the billions reportedly lost through the recent filibustering in the Legislative Council of the proposed by-election legislation. ...

  3. Filibuster could backfire at polls

    Posted May 15th 2012, 12:00am

    ... at the ballot box. Pressure to tighten rules against filibustering is growing. In the United States, for instance, senators can stop a debate if there is three-fifths support in the house. While ...

  4. After 110 rocky hours, by-election bill passes into law

    Posted Jun 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... it into law at the end of a 110-hour process. The passage of the bill also marked the pro-government camp's success in defeating a filibuster attempt initiated by radical People Power lawmakers. The bill was passed in its third reading, with 29 pro-government lawmakers voting in favour, after 11 days of filibuster and eight days of voting. All the pan-democrats boycotted the sitting ...

  5. Tactics to block passage of flawed laws are legitimate

    Posted May 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... political tactics without having to face the consequences. The pan-democrats might not have openly given their support to People Power's filibuster campaign, but their actions showed ... a quorum. They failed to do so and thus should bear the biggest share of the blame. As a political strategy, filibustering is commonly used and accepted in legislative assemblies the world over. ...

  6. Threat remains to C.Y. Leung's revamp

    Posted May 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... on July 1, despite the controversial halting of a marathon filibuster. Legco's Finance Committee and its establishment subcommittee, which scrutinises government proposals for creating new ... to stop the filibuster had ended on a sour note. Tsang put paid to that filibuster after 33 hours of debate. The protesters said the remarks distorted their opposition to the termination ...

  7. Chief secretary vows no retreat on by-election bill

    Posted May 14th 2012, 12:00am

    ... to back a filibuster to stall the legislation. Stephen Lam Sui-lung, whose term as chief secretary ends on June 30, said society 'has reached a consensus in support of the proposal'. ... Power lawmakers and one from the League of Social Democrats are pursuing a filibuster of the bill, which would ban legislators who resign from contesting any by-election for six months. ...

  8. Leung decries delaying tactics

    Posted May 24th 2012, 12:00am

    ... restructuring plan. In an article published in six newspapers, he suggested that a series of Legislative Council panel meetings, called to discuss his proposals, were a form of filibustering ... to discuss the proposal. Is it a kind of filibustering?' Leung asked in the article, published in newspapers including Ming Pao Daily and Ta Kung Pao. He was alluding to last week's ...

  9. Mutual destruction

    Posted May 29th 2012, 12:00am

    ... in a by-election within six months of resignation, the opposition forces have staged a particularly lethal variant of the filibuster, which resulted in over 1,000 amendments and many sleepless nights. ... to make laws in an efficient and effective manner. After all, the legislature is a decision-making body. In our case, filibustering has assumed a new form: the congestion mainly comes from ...

  10. What's being said on facebook.com/southchinamorningpost

    Posted May 23rd 2012, 12:00am

    ... over halting of filibuster: Jessie Tong- If some arguments need 33 hours to present, wouldn't it have been more appropriate to issue the arguments beforehand for members to read before arrival at the meeting? And do we know why Legco president Tsang Yok-sing suddenly appeared in a Mao costume? Letitia Wong- Regarding filibustering, it is the most civilised and rational means ...




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