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  1. Less rhetoric, more meaningful discussion

    Posted Nov 29th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung In the current debate on constitutional reform, all eyes seem to be focused on the turnout for the pro-democracy march on Sunday. The rally might indeed decide ... the arrangements for 2007 and 2008 are distinct from the universal suffrage issue, but they should be part and parcel of a larger constitutional road map. It is a pity that the present debate on a road map ...

  2. Our voice, of sorts

    Posted Mar 17th 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... political life. Although discussions are highly structured, unlike the heated debates found in national parliaments elsewhere, they still provide a good glimpse of the latest twists and turns ... people in debating national policies and legislation. Indeed, they have been shy in canvassing local opinion on major national issues. This is in stark contrast to the solicitation ...

  3. Give us plans, not theory

    Posted Feb 06th 2006, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... into an academic discussion of concepts and definitions. These issues were debated extensively during the drafting of the Basic Law in the 1980s. Key political players who took part in those debates know ...

  4. Ripples on the water

    Posted Sep 13th 2008, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... there is no shortage of internet gadgets like YouTube and Facebook- and election forums organised by community organisations and the media- the election debates were long on high-sounding exhortations ... by whatever means, instead of coming up with better solutions for society's problems. The media preferred sound bites to serious policy debates The long-standing Hong Kong-mainland fissure ...

  5. A campaign to test Tsang's wisdom

    Posted May 30th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... various social sectors will engage him in public debates on the future of government, will transform the essence of the election. In 2002, when Tung Chee-hwa ran for his second term as chief ... Committee members. He also turned down an invitation by some Election Committee members to attend a public forum to debate his election platform. As a result, Mr Tung was elected with more than 700 ...

  6. Demise of the welfare brigade

    Posted Nov 15th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... with legislators from trade unions to mount pressure on the government for social-policy concessions. Yet, one year on, such predictions have failed to come true. While several motion debates have been ... has never gone through a fundamental debate on social-service policies- which means that mainstream sentiment could easily be won over to a budget-driven cutback in welfare services. Despite ...

  7. To be or not to be (in Central)

    Posted Sep 26th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Anthony Cheung The debates about Tamar involve two related but separate issues: how to make the best use of the site's 23,000 square metres of prime harbourfront land; and whether ... systems and more business was transacted via e-government. So, the debate boils down to some fundamental choices: Should a concentrated or diversified approach be taken? Should government ...

  8. Why duck the legislative process?

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... to strike the delicate balance should not be left to administrative discretion, but has to be fully debated. This is what the legislative process is about. Article 48(4), which enables the chief ... executive made an order with significant policy implications under existing legislation, the draft was sent to the relevant Legco panel for debate and support. Why has it deviated from such good ...

  9. A fall from public grace

    Posted Jan 17th 2005, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... Consumer interests, redistribution issues and developmental goals also have to be considered in any restructuring strategy. The Link controversy, for example, has triggered wider debates ... rather than a total rejection of privatisation per se. In other words, it is more a debate on how to make the market work better, and more fairly, with regard to various stakeholders. All ...

  10. Out of sight

    Posted Sep 21st 2009, 12:00am by Anthony Cheung

    ... their performance. One could still blame the government: if undersecretaries and political assistants don't feature prominently in policymaking and public debates, how can people know what ...




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