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Political Party

Australian tycoon Clive Palmer launches United Australia Party

Clive Palmer

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

Pro-democracy publisher Jimmy Lai Chee-ying. Photo: SCMP

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

Transparency needed on political funding

It is telling that recent surveys show the July protests against Article 23 legislation and in favour of democratic development in Hong Kong did little to raise the public's opinion of local political parties, while they did raise the standing of independent politicians.

25 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Changing the face of politics

Electoral politics did not begin in earnest in Hong Kong until 1982, when universal suffrage was introduced and the first popular poll was held to return district board members. Two decades later, democratic development is still in a nascent state in which political parties are small, lacking in resources and learning to come to grips with the art of politics.

11 Dec 2002 - 12:00am

Party passions

With hindsight, May 1998 was the high point for Hong Kong's political parties since the handover. Despite torrential rain on polling day, a record 53.3 per cent of voters came out to cast their ballots in the first post-handover Legislative Council elections.

3 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Public disillusioned with politics

Most people say no political party represents their interests, a university poll has found.

Growing disillusionment with political parties over the past 18 months has sparked fears that the development of party politics may be hampered and give authorities the excuse to curb the push for democracy.

9 Apr 2002 - 12:00am

Funding revamp

Unlike those in established democracies, Hong Kong's political parties are seriously under-funded. It has been a common practice for them to finance their members' election campaigns on the condition that the members repay the expenses after winning office.

29 Nov 2001 - 12:00am