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Taiwan legislature holding up rights legislation for homosexuals

Participants revel through a street during the gay and lesbian parade in Taipei, Taiwan.

More than 65,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people - some wearing very little and some in full Qing dynasty court costume - took to the streets of Taipei for a day of rainbow-coloured revelry late last month, making the most of Asia's largest gay-pride

Wednesday, 7 November, 2012, 4:09am

Fresh faces show better attendance record

New lawmakers have outperformed their more senior colleagues in terms of their attendance at the Legislative Council's weekly meetings, records for the first year of the current legislative term show.

Twenty-five of the 60 lawmakers have attended all 35 of the full council meetings - up from 19 last year.

10 Jul 2009 - 12:00am

Two-thirds of police sign letters for better pay

Protest letters signed by 19,000 police officers - more than two-thirds of the Hong Kong force - are to be handed to a government advisory body tomorrow in an unprecedented campaign for higher pay.

5 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Delay in deadline for management committees

The deadline for setting up controversial school management committees looks set to be delayed by two years, the education secretary said this week.

Michael Suen Ming-yeung told the Legislative Council's education panel on Thursday that legislation would need to be changed due to the large number of schools that have not yet set up school boards.

25 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Two players in harmony

What are the advantages of a bicameral Legislative Council for Hong Kong? Sir David Akers-Jones, a leading advocate of the idea, wrote in this newspaper recently that it would, first, enable the directly elected half to be enlarged, and to debate freely.

17 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Business group seeks 2-chamber legislature

A business group has called for the establishment of a two-chamber Legislative Council in 2012 to reconcile popular demand for a faster pace of democracy and the need for restraint in constitutional development.

12 Jul 2005 - 12:00am

Two chambers are better than one

Can the conflict between a fully directly elected Legislative Council and the steady progress required by the Basic Law be avoided?

10 Mar 2005 - 12:00am

Opportunity for openness must be grasped

The government's recent pledges to conduct its business with greater transparency are more than welcome. One very easy way to boost these efforts would be to tighten the rules under which its advisory bodies operate.

8 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Ethnicity of committee members irrelevant

Kevin Sinclair's column headlined 'Approach to racism coloured by nanny state folly' (South China Morning Post, June 26), contained some unfair comments about the new Committee on the Promotion of Racial Harmony that held its first meeting on June 21.

4 Jul 2002 - 12:00am

No-show councillors must say sorry

I believe those legislators who missed the Public Works Subcommittee meeting on February 6 and therefore could not vote on funding for Route 10, owe the public an apology.

15 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Surprise absentees

The debate about Route 10 is far from over. Scepticism about the need for the $22 billion project is widespread. Government projections of traffic volumes by the time the project is due to be completed are hotly disputed in many quarters. Certainly the consensus among those who oppose the project is that nothing should be rushed into.

7 Feb 2002 - 12:00am

Construction revamp this year

A construction industry body will be set up this year to implement a string of government recommendations to revamp the crisis-hit sector, works officials have announced.

9 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Shroud of secrecy surrounds decision makers

PUBLIC OPINIONS are sought by the Government on matters ranging from toothache to heartache, on subjects medical, theatrical, ethical, mechanical, logical and electrical. It wants people to tell it about fisheries, film-making, fire safety and fighting crime.

21 Feb 2001 - 12:00am

Absentee officials

THERE are a few tested tricks that a prying media can always use to get a good scoop. One is to obtain the names of members of some of the Government's 350 advisory committees and check how some people sit on several such bodies but don't bother to show up for meetings.

26 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

Two pre-July 1 bills set to survive

At least two of the seven bills passed by the previous legislature are likely to remain in place today despite government opposition.

The Liberal Party is to join unionists and independents in seeking to have the two ordinances - on making May 1 a statutory holiday and on compensation for deafness - removed from an umbrella bill at the provisional legislature today.

16 Jul 1997 - 12:00am