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  1. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Legco success hits low point as fewer than one third of bills passed into law

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Tony Cheung

    ... But that would still be lower than the previous legislative year, when 14 of 22 bills, or 64 per cent, were passed into law, according to Legco's website. In 2010-11, the penultimate year of Donald ... The four items of legislation scheduled for their third and final readings this week are a supplementary appropriations bill, and amendments to marriage, shipping and electoral laws. Scrutiny of 17 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548293/legco-success-hits-low-point-fewer-one-third-bills-passed-law
  2. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Unpaid property taxes piling up in law firms a risk as Legco delays stamp duty bill, John Tsang claims

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 05:43am by Patsy Moy, Emily Tsang

    ... Patsy Moy and Emily Tsang Finance chief says property levies piling up at law firms while lawmakers are filibustering Tsang frets over delay to stamp duty bill's passage Law firms ... stamp duty has been collected on transactions since February last year, but will not be paid to the government until it is enshrined in law. In his weekly blog yesterday, John Tsang Chun-wah ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1548273/unpaid-property-taxes-piling-law-firms-risk-legco-delays-stamp-duty
  3. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy insists Cardinal's walk 'did not break law'

    Posted Jul 04th 2014, 04:03am by Stuart Lau

    ... walk 'did not break law' Occupy Central supporters have expressed "outrage" after the police chief accused the pro-democracy organisation of breaking the law with a walk ... to march and rally. We should be protected under the Basic Law," it said in a statement. The row came as a new group was launched to oppose Occupy's plans to block streets ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1546167/occupy-insists-cardinals-walk-did-not-break-law
  4. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Retired judge, law deans back silent Hong Kong marchers from legal profession

    Posted Jun 27th 2014, 02:39am by Stuart Lau

    ... Stuart Lau stuart.lau@scmp.com Retired judge, law deans back silent marchers Lawyers organising today's march in defence of judicial independence received fresh impetus yesterday as a retired judge and two leading law deans stood by critics of Beijing's white paper, which categorises judges as administrators who need to be patriotic. Retired High Court judge William Waung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1541288/retired-judge-law-deans-back-silent-hong-kong-marchers-legal
  5. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Occupy Central poll should be taken seriously, says mainland Basic Law expert

    Posted Jun 25th 2014, 07:06pm by Adrian Wan, Gary Cheung

    ... Adrian Wan and Gary Cheung in Beijing Take Occupy poll seriously, Basic Law expert advises A mainland academic who advises the central government on Hong Kong affairs has urged the Hong Kong and central governments to take seriously the huge turnout for the unofficial referendum on electoral reform. Rao Geping, a member of the Basic Law Committee, said the public vote ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1540424/occupy-central-poll-should-be-taken-seriously-urges-mainland-basic
  6. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Rallying words for rule of law

    Posted Jun 26th 2014, 04:05am by Stuart Lau and Gary Cheung

    ... words for rule of law Calls are intensifying for lawyers to join a march tomorrow to defend judicial independence and oppose Beijing's white paper asserting its "comprehensive ... barrister familiar with the drafting of the Basic Law. It failed the test of ensuring a balance between "one country" and "two systems", Denis Chang Khen-lee, the city's ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1540526/rallying-words-rule-law
  7. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Law Society defends white paper on Hong Kong after harsh words from Bar Association

    Posted Jun 16th 2014, 05:25pm by Tony Cheung and Phila Siu

    ... Tony Cheung and Phila Siu Law Society backs Beijing white paper on autonomy The Law Society endorsed Beijing's contentious white paper on Hong Kong yesterday as a "positive" ... was subject to Beijing's authority. Law Society president Ambrose Lam San-keung said he believed the Bar Association's criticism of the white paper arose from differing definitions ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1534091/law-society-backs-white-paper-has-no-answer-national-security
  8. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Peaceful Occupy Central no threat to rule of law, police monitor says

    Posted Jun 01st 2014, 04:48am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong tanna.chong@scmp.com Civil disobedience can show a society in order, outgoing chairman of police watchdog says Peaceful Occupy Central 'no threat' to rule of law The Occupy Central pro-democracy movement would not damage the city's rule of law as long as it remained peaceful, the chief of the police watchdog said on his last day in office. The statement ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1522883/peaceful-occupy-central-no-threat-rule-law-police-monitor-says
  9. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Bar Association calls for options on reform offering 'greatest possible' public participation

    Posted Jul 11th 2014, 11:29pm by Joyce Ng, Tony Cheung and Ng Kang-chung

    ... Joyce Ng, Tony Cheung and Ng Kang-chung Denial of public nomination without 'greatest possible' voter participation in 2017 will 'abuse concept of rule of law', warns Bar Association Barristers call for 'options' on reform The government will "abuse the concept of the rule of law" if it rejects the notion of voters nominating chief ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1552393/bar-association-calls-options-reform-offering-greatest-possible
  10. News - Hong Kong - POLITICS

    Academic, Democrats leader urge delay in sending electoral reform report to Beijing

    Posted Jul 13th 2014, 05:21am by Tony Cheung, Jennifer Ngo

    ... by different [stakeholders], I think Beijing might change their rigid and tough attitude." But executive councillor Fanny Law Fan Chiu-fun disagreed. "Even if we have two more months, maybe the people will still be arguing about public nomination … I think it won't make a big difference," Law told an RTHK interviewer yesterday. Basic Law Committee deputy director Elsie Leung ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1553011/academic-democrats-leader-urge-delay-sending-electoral-reform-report

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