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  1. No constitutional right to filibuster, judge rules

    Posted May 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu and Tony Cheung Lawmakers do not enjoy a constitutional right to filibuster, a High Court judge ruled as he explained why he refused to review Legislative Council president ... of the minority to express their opinions. But it would be absurd to elevate the right to express opinions to a constitutional right to filibuster.' The judge said the purpose of Leung and his fellow ...

  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Finance chief agrees to bid to end Legco logjam

    Posted May 07th 2013, 12:00am by JOSHUA BUT, Tony Cheung

    ... filibuster that has blocked the passage of the budget bill. But the government would not yield to any of the four legislators' demands, which include a universal HK$10,000 cash handout and a consultation for a universal pension scheme, an administration source said. The annual appropriations bill has been stalled for more than a week in a Legislative Council filibuster after the League ...

  3. Tactical attempt to ward off filibuster

    Posted May 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... show no sign of backing down on a filibuster attempt. Lawmakers at tomorrow's Legislative Council session will be asked to focus first on a fisheries protection bill, then debate ... that 're-prioritising the bills to be handled' would 'allow more time for the related legislators [who are attempting the filibuster] to reconsider' and 'maintain the efficient operation ...

  4. Halted filibuster starts new storm

    Posted May 18th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Peter So, Tony Cheung, Ng Kang-chung and Joyce Man A 33-hour marathon filibuster came to an abrupt end yesterday after Legislative Council president Tsang Yok-sing invoked for the first ... The filibuster was an attempt by radical democrats to block the passage of the bill, which would ban lawmakers who resign midterm from standing in a by-election within six months. People Power ...

  5. Filibustering buys lawmakers more time to fight bill

    Posted Apr 28th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com A last-minute filibuster on the copyright amendment ordinance has bought a three- to four-week delay for angry internet users to fight for the withdrawal ... work. The filibuster move came as other pan-democrats remained split on whether to support a government amendment- to which they had once agreed- that would exempt 'secondary ...

  6. High Court rejects judicial review of end to filibuster

    Posted May 20th 2012, 12:00am

    ... a filibuster by democrats. Tsang had on Thursday invoked for the first time powers in the Legco's rules of procedure to stop a 33-hour debate on a controversial bill to restrict by-elections. ... it with Wong. Of his decision to accept the filibuster- 1,300 amendments to the proposal tabled by People's Power legislators- Tsang said he was 'suffering from my own deeds'. 'I ...

  7. Pan-democrats should back filibuster over divisive bills

    Posted May 02nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Democrats- including Wong Yuk-man, Albert Chan Wai-yip and 'Long Hair' Leung Kwok-hung- have vowed to deploy filibuster tactics to obstruct house consideration of the bills and prevent ... to the bill in the hope of delaying proceedings to gain time. Such filibuster tactics are not uncommon in legislative assemblies. Pan-democrats may be at a disadvantage in Legco, but they could still ...

  8. 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 ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - INNOVATION

    Innovation chief should be leading scholar, says Exco’s Andrew Liao

    Posted Jan 28th 2014, 08:53am by Stuart Lau

    ... and technology, and culture bureaux was put to a halt after lawmakers filibustered his cabinet revamp proposal. Speaking to a small group of media, Liao said he agreed with Leung that it was time ... Charles Mok waving support for it. But radical legislator Albert Chan Wai-yip has said he might filibuster the plan if Leung sought its approval from the Legislative Council. ...

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    Legco rejects bid for no-confidence vote in president

    Posted May 31st 2013, 08:09pm by Lai Ying-kit

    ... motion, while 23 supported it. The former People Power member was unhappy about Tsang’s earlier decision to end a filibuster that Wong and three other pan-democrats had launched. Wong told the committee that Tsang had abused his power in terminating the filibuster and violated lawmakers’ rights to speech. “Mr Tsang was biased in favour of the government and repeatedly failed to allow ...




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