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  1. Comment - News - PUBLIC EYE

    HK$2,200 for tycoons? Have our lawmakers lost it?

    Posted Oct 10th 2012, 12:00am by Michael Chugani

    ... Michael Chugani Have our saviours of the grass roots all lost their marbles? They surely must have if their logic says to help the poor they must also give taxpayers' money to the rich. How crazy is that? Sure, let's help the elderly poor. The o ...

  2. Lawmakers hitout at HK's 'rich grandfather'

    Posted Mar 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Emily Tsang emily.tsang@scmp.com Lawmakers yesterday accused Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah of setting a bad example by offering short-term sweeteners while failing to solve ... budget last month turned into a summing up of his achievements while in office. Lawmakers said Tsang was well known for appeasing business and the middle class while failing to meet ...

  3. How much are our lawmakers worth?

    Posted Feb 09th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Public perceptions of how much our lawmakers are worth range from nothing to considerably more than the HK$73,150 a month we pay them now. They may therefore feel they have nothing to lose ... with our lawmakers. Admittedly the worst attendance examples are to be found among representatives of functional constituencies, who are not accountable to voters at large. But public perceptions ...

  4. Lawmakers 'must have right to decide who lives in city'

    Posted Feb 22nd 2012, 12:00am

    ... Austin Chiu austin.chiu@scmp.com A court ruling giving foreign domestic helpers the right to apply for permanent residence restricted lawmakers' power to decide who was eligible to permanently settle in Hong Kong, a court heard yesterday. Lawyers for the government made the claim in the Court of Appeal when launching an appeal against the ruling. The appeal was spurred by fears ...

  5. Tougher penalties for misbehaviour by lawmakers would be welcomed by public

    Posted Nov 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... was reflected in the election results. Clearly, many people believe it is time to alter the rules that govern the conduct of lawmakers in Legco. At the moment, when Legco members persist in an act ... to cover the period of suspension. This penalty is an effective deterrent for MPs thinking about flouting parliamentary rules. However, for those Hong Kong lawmakers who break procedural protocol, ...

  6. Lawmakers back censure of activists using violence

    Posted Sep 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Ng Kang-chung kc.ng@scmp.com Lawmakers at a Legco panel yesterday endorsed motions to censure the use of violence by activists at a by-election consultation seminar two weeks ago ... But he was mocked by lawmaker Paul Tse Wai-chun: 'If Mr Leung is so bold and so fond of using violence, he should choose to lead a revolution.' Democratic Party chairman Albert Ho ...

  7. Lawmakers must back tobacco tax

    Posted Jun 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... lawmakers should vote against it. In line with global tobacco control efforts, the government announced in the budget an immediate 41.46 per cent increase to further discourage tobacco consumption. ... with wide community support. Regrettably, some lawmakers think they can win votes by blocking or watering down the increase. They should look beyond electoral gains and cast a vote for the public ...

  8. Lawmakers try to head off no-confidence vote

    Posted Mar 14th 2011, 12:00am by Tanna Chong

    ... Tanna Chong Government-friendly lawmakers have flooded the Legislative Council with all sorts of motions in a bid to crowd out a motion by the pan-democrats for a no-confidence vote on Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah. The Legco secretariat will draw lots today to allocate the two debate slots for the Legco weekly meeting in March. More than 20 lawmakers are competing ...

  9. Lawmaker pushes for fairer holiday deal

    Posted Dec 28th 2010, 12:00am by Canace Wong

    ... Canace Wong Lawmaker Lee Cheuk-yan has launched a campaign to pressure the government to revise legislation on public holidays. There are 17 public holidays at present, but only 12 statutory holidays. This means many blue-collar workers get five days fewer than most employees. Lee said aligning statutory and public holidays would not hurt competitiveness, as many industries ...

  10. Make adoption easier, lawmaker urges

    Posted Oct 30th 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Ng Yuk-hang A lawmaker wants adoption rules to be eased to encourage more infertile couples to raise children. Under current rules, only couples who have been married more than three years ... a primary education and no criminal record. Independent lawmaker Cyd Ho Sau-lan said the government should take the opportunity to review its policy on adoption, as debate raged on the ethical ...




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