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Audit Commission

Between a rock and a grand place

The Grand Promenade and RTHK sagas have stirred controversy and put the Audit Commission in the spotlight. Ironically, the commission's reports on the two issues have been treated very differently by some legislators.

Saturday, 20 May, 2006, 12:00am

Tamar podium proposal chokes free flow of air

News that the authorities are considering building the government offices at Tamar on a podium adds insult to injury when it comes to town planning in Hong Kong and poses yet another threat to the quality of the air we breathe ('Developers want to build Tamar complex on huge podium', May 15).

18 May 2006 - 12:00am

Improved system sought to collect outstanding fines

Departments should be co-ordinated by the government to improve efficiency in collecting outstanding fines, the director of audit said yesterday.

Speaking at the Legco Public Accounts Committee, Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun said the Director of Administration wing ought to take the lead and co-ordinate departments such as the judiciary and police to increase efficiency.

16 May 2006 - 12:00am

On the shelf

Buyers browse through the wares on offer at the International Museum Day carnival in Tsim Sha Tsui yesterday. About 7,200 old museum publications, some of which had gathered dust after being left unsold since being published 16 years ago, were snapped up during the two-day carnival, aimed at arousing young people's interest in museums.

15 May 2006 - 12:00am

Just following procedure

When a civil servant makes a mistake, do you blame him or the system that allows the mistake to occur? If the mistake was made after he followed all the procedures set up to help him come to a proper decision, how should he be dealt with?

13 May 2006 - 12:00am

Two reports just double the doubts

When Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen appointed an inquiry into the Grand Promenade saga in November, it was seen as a swift but unusual move to calm jitters about government-business collusion following the publication of an auditor's report.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Tsang backs embattled audit chief

Officials warned not to publicly attack commission over recent series of critical reports

Donald Tsang Yam-kuen has sent a personal letter of support to embattled audit chief Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun, whose credibility has been on the line since the government accepted a report on the Grand Promenade affair that was at odds with his own.

12 May 2006 - 12:00am

Critics round on acceptance of buildings probe

Government says three reports covered different issues

Legislators hit out at the government yesterday for accepting the inquiry report into the Grand Promenade saga that absolved former buildings chief Leung Chin-man from blame.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

Audit report can inspire RTHK, says ex-producer

She believes the critical findings should be used to speed up overdue reform

The Audit Commission's damning report on RTHK could enable the public broadcaster to speed up long overdue changes and help it to achieve a rebirth, a former top producer says.

1 May 2006 - 12:00am

RTHK chief urges calm among staff after audit report

The head of RTHK yesterday called for calm among staff, a day after the Audit Commission issued a report criticising the public broadcaster for a culture of non-compliance with government regulations.

Director of Audit Benjamin Tang Kwok-bun denied the report was part of a political ploy against RTHK.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

RTHK chief urges calm among staff after audit report

The head of RTHK yesterday called for calm among staff, a day after the Audit Commission issued a report criticising the public broadcaster for a culture of non-compliance with government regulations.

29 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Thousands of unlisted museum pieces gathering dust

More than 700,000 artefacts in three public museums have not been documented, while an unknown number are being inadequately stored in containers or open areas, the Audit Commission has found.

Describing the findings as unsatisfactory, the commission said the collectibles were at risk of deterioration due to the lack of care and proper conservation.

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

In Brief

Police to investigate new drink-driving tests

27 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Government requests new report from RTHK

Updated at 7.10pm: The government on Wednesday ordered RTHK to submit a report on its alleged 'non-compliances with government procedures' and 'inadequacies in internal controls' uncovered in an Audit Commission report.

26 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Auditor to blast RTHK over lax controls

The Audit Commission will issue a damning report tomorrow on RTHK, accusing the broadcaster of having a 'culture of non-compliance' with government guidelines and procedures, and criticising it for 'inadequacies in internal controls'.

25 Apr 2006 - 12:00am