39th Canadian Parliament

Get copyright bill right, then vote

Various criteria affect whether or not a piece of legislation is ripe for enactment. Public support aside, the scope and the timing are also important. However, the controversial copyright amendment bill that languished in Legco appeared to meet neither.

Friday, 6 July, 2012, 12:00am

National parties make wealthy constituency a test case


The fortunate residents of Vancouver Quadra are heading to the polls for the third time in four years.

17 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers face daunting burden of bills to pass

Backlog worries committee chief

The Legislative Council has passed only five bills since October, leaving a huge backlog to clear when lawmakers resume work after the Lunar New Year break.

11 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Democrats want to work with rivals in opposition to GST plan

The Democratic Party will seek to join two other parties in the legislature to oppose the introduction of a goods and services tax (GST), in a move to strengthen opposition to the controversial levy proposed by the government.

15 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Backlog of bills in Legco feared

Lawmakers have dealt with fewer than 20 per cent of the bills they are supposed to pass this session, raising fears of a huge backlog over the next few months.

16 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Introduction of copyright bill delayed 'for changes'

Plans to suspend part of a law against unauthorised photocopying of newspapers suffered a further setback yesterday after the administration failed to finalise the bill for urgent gazetting.

25 Apr 2001 - 12:00am

U-turn on plan to push through copyright bill

Officials yesterday bowed to pressure from lawmakers by dropping plans to push through in one sitting a bill to suspend some criminal provisions in the new copyright law.

20 Apr 2001 - 12:00am


At least 52 bills will be tabled in the Legislative Council in the new session.

The Legislative Programme tabled yesterday includes 16 blueprint and 36 amendment bills covering a wide range of policy areas.

A bill on consular relations, setting out privileges for consular corps in the SAR, will be introduced.

7 Oct 1999 - 12:00am