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Political Party

Australian tycoon Clive Palmer launches United Australia Party

Australian tycoon Clive Palmer, who is building a replica of the ill-fated Titanic, yesterday unveiled his new political party and said he would run in the country's September 14 elections. The flamboyant mining magnate was a long-time supporter of the opposition Liberal-National coalition but gave up his membership last year after a bitter dispute with the government in his home state of Queensland.

Saturday, 27 April, 2013, 2:19am

Hong Kong's political parties need fuller disclosure of their funding

Political parties in Hong Kong are odd entities. Increasingly, they play an active role in governance, taking seats in the district councils, legislature, government advisory panels, the chief executive's cabinet and ruling team.

5 Jan 2013 - 3:46am 1 comment

Expect messy election but with unexpected outcomes

Predicting the outcome of elections is a mug's game unless you live in North Korea or China, or focus exclusively on the certainties of the rotten borough functional constituencies in Hong Kong's own bizarre system. However, one prediction can confidently be made about the upcoming Legislative Council poll - it will be the most messy to date and yield some unexpected outcomes.

21 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Getting into the party spirit

Hong Kong has the appearance of an ultra-modern, cosmopolitan city, but its political culture remains backward. The community has grown increasingly polarised and apathetic in recent years. And, in the eyes of the media and many people, 'party politics' remains a shabby label.

30 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

Be positive about political parties

There is a consensus in the community that healthy political parties have an important role to play in Hong Kong's political system. Yet the legal framework lags far behind, and threatens to become an impediment. Under existing law, an organisation has to be registered under either the Companies Ordinance or the Societies Ordinance. Neither is suitable for political parties.

7 Jun 2006 - 12:00am

How to improve political parties

Since they emerged in the 1980s, Hong Kong political parties have struggled to develop and establish themselves. To this day, they face a range of obstacles to healthy growth.

8 Sep 2004 - 12:00am

Regulate the legislators

Two incidents, one about sex and the other about money, have emerged to raise the temperature of an otherwise lacklustre campaign for next month's Legislative Council election.

26 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

All style and no substance

In next month's Legislative Council election, as in the previous ones, the candidates - as well as their political parties - do not seem to accord much priority to a detailed political platform. In general, the emphasis is on the political positions of the candidates, and much importance has been attached to image engineering.

25 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Standing for what?

Although the Legislative Council election is about choosing an opposition, not a government, the major political parties do go to the trouble of preparing comprehensive platforms. But they do not seem to care much about promoting them.

5 Aug 2004 - 12:00am

Only in name

The People Power Coalition. The Nationalist People's Coalition. Democratic Action. Join. Fight. The Christian-Muslim Democrats. When it comes to forming and naming political organisations, nobody parties like Filipino politicians. Unfortunately, the profusion of political parties is not a sign of a healthy democracy, but of political bankruptcy.

9 Oct 2003 - 12:00am

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