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  1. Too early for judicial review, top court rules

    Posted Jul 12th 2011, 12:00am

    ... consultation because the revised bill remained unconstitutional. In rejecting the application, Lam agreed with lawyers for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung ...

  2. Law overhaul disappoints, reformers say

    Posted Aug 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... constitution, top mainland legal experts said. Draft amendments reported by mainland media this week suggest the soon-to-be-revised law's Article One would only state its intent as 'punishing ... the rights of criminal suspects, defendants and those who have been convicted. This is also in line with our constitution.' The constitution was amended in 2004 to say 'the country respects ...

  3. Turn again

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... the government had insisted it would not budge from its decision to scrap mid-term elections, a decision it said was constitutional, morally right and enjoyed public support. For days, constitutional ... a U-turn. Lam's numbing mantra disappeared. We are now being fed a new mantra that says the government's revised plan is constitutional, morally right and enjoys public support. What ...

  4. By-election ruling too complex to rush

    Posted Jun 24th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in the last Legco poll. These are important matters which could end up being decided by a court if sufficient care is not taken to ensure the proposals are constitutional. Mainland and constitutional ... More time is needed. There should be a public consultation and efforts by officials and lawmakers to ensure any changes to the law are carefully considered- and constitutional. ...

  5. By-election battle intensifies

    Posted Jun 30th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Secretary for Justice Wong Yan-lung and Secretary for Constitutional Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung issued a staunch legal defence of a revised proposal which would see Legislative Council seats ... retained in the revised mechanism, the constitutional problem remains. We regret if the government continues to press the proposal.' Pan-democrats are mobilising people- especially voters ...

  6. Pan-democrat walkout on by-elections

    Posted Jun 23rd 2011, 12:00am

    ... of the annual July 1 demonstration. Anger flared after Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Stephen Lam Sui-lung moved to skip normal procedures in an attempt to ensure the bill could ... the clauses of the amendment bill have been scrutinised the constitutional minister has already scheduled an application for expedition of procedure on Friday.' Civic Party leader Alan Leong ...

  7. Battle looms over poll challenges

    Posted Jan 18th 2011, 12:00am by Peter So

    ... Peter So The government has proposed an amendment to the electoral law that would limit poll candidates' challenges to Court of First Instance decisions to the Court of Final Appeal. Constitutional affairs secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung said this would shorten legal battles, but lawmakers fear it would unfairly limit the right of appeal and cost more than appeals to the Court ...

  8. HK$6,000 handout likely to ease passage of budget bill in Legco

    Posted Apr 13th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Pan-democrats will table 16 amendments, including proposals to cut the salaries of four senior officials and funding for the Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau. But they are expected ...

  9. Chinese and US navies sailing into trouble

    Posted Feb 26th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... relations on a knife-edge during the 10 days of negotiations for the return of the detained American crew. At the heart of the friction is a difference of opinion over what constitutes international ...

  10. United States

    Posted Oct 27th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Sarah Wong foodandwine@scmp.com Although you wouldn't think so from the limited range available in Hong Kong, the United States is the fourth largest wine producer. Low-priced wines ... winemakers have turned their attention to Asia. Although wine is produced in all 50 states only in a handful is it more than a novelty. One state accounts for 89 per cent of production- California. ...




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