The pan-democratic camp's fight to retain the right to filibuster in the legislature suffered a setback yesterday, when the Finance Committee cut off a debate - itself facing a filibuster - on how to amend its own rules.Saturday, 5 January, 2013, 4:06am 1 comment
Lawmakers from across the political spectrum were hoping for quick passage of the proposed new allowance for elderly people, as they got ready to begin a six-hour meeting on the issue on Friday afternoon.
The Legislative Council’s Finance Committee will hold the lengthy session to resume scrutiny of the government’s funding application for the monthly HK$2,200 allowance.16 Nov 2012 - 2:36pm
The pan-democrats stalled the pro-government camp's attempt to block filibusters on the Legislative Council Finance Committee yesterday for the second time in a month.
At the end of a two-hour meeting, the committee failed to reach a conclusion on setting up rules to amend the procedures and will take up the issue again later this month.3 Nov 2012 - 3:42am
The chairman of the legislature’s Finance Committee invoked special powers on Monday to speed up scrutiny of the government’s proposed old age allowance.
Lawmakers voted to schedule a special meeting, for Tuesday evening, when the Legislative Council committee will discuss the funding proposal.29 Oct 2012 - 8:33pm
About 400,000 poor elderly could lose out on HK$2,200, the welfare minister said, after Legco voting on funding for a new old-age living allowance was put off.27 Oct 2012 - 2:55am
Legco's vote on the HK$2,200 old age allowance is due to be deferred by the government after pan-democrats threatened to force an adjournment.26 Oct 2012 - 4:14am
Leung Chun-ying should not look for shortcuts, but follow normal procedures in seeking funding for his government revamp proposal, the chief of the legislature's Finance Committee said yesterday.25 May 2012 - 12:00am
A major milestone was achieved on May 18, when Legco accepted legislative changes to ban trawling in Hong Kong waters. This ban is needed to revitalise our seas for the benefit of the whole of Hong Kong, especially the long-ignored and beleaguered fishing community.9 Jun 2011 - 12:00am