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Public Consultation

Public will be consulted on pension, say ministers

Matthew Cheung Kin-chung. Photo: Edward Wong

With radical lawmakers mounting a filibuster of the budget bill to press the case for a universal pension scheme, government ministers yesterday said the public would be consulted soon on a retirement protection scheme.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 5:57am

Retailers may struggle with price tag and sales tactics guidelines

Caroline Mak Sui-king says the 'original price' requirement would be a problem for some, especially those who sell fresh produce. Photo: Oliver Tsang

The government passed an amendment to the Trade Descriptions Ordinance last year in a bid to stop unscrupulous and misleading sales practices. Now, the Customs and Excise Department is holding a public consultation on its draft guidelines to enforce that law.

4 Feb 2013 - 8:21am

Hong Kong should set rules of public engagement

Leung Chun-ying's policy address should have set moves to develop opportunities for greater public engagement in policymaking. Photo: Dickson Lee

For an observer with a strong interest in the future of Hong Kong's democratic reform, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's policy address was interesting. He presented his vision and aims but the missing link was a commitment to develop opportunities for greater public engagement in policymaking.

21 Jan 2013 - 3:35am

Policy address to ignore anti-discrimination debate

Raymond Tam Chi-yuen, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs. Photo: David Wong

Consultation about a law banning discrimination against sexual minorities will not be mentioned in the chief executive's upcoming policy address, a government source said.

9 Jan 2013 - 5:17am

Hong Kong's public consultations are ineffective

I refer to the letter from Garmen Chan Ka-yiu of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority ("West Kowloon hotel was clear about its plans", December 28).

Whether the authority was clear about such plans is debatable. I must take issue, however, with Mr Chan's statement that the "proposed development plan underwent extensive public consultation".

4 Jan 2013 - 3:59am

Yacht club's reclamation serves public need

I refer to Winston Chu Ka-sun's letter ("Concern over yacht club's plan for harbour reclamation", December 3).

The Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club (RHKYC) is a staunch supporter of the Society for the Protection of the Harbour [of which Mr Chu is an adviser] and its work, as well as other bodies relating to the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance.

10 Dec 2012 - 1:28am

New Territories villagers air views over government's new-towns plans

We'll listen, says Thomas Chow

Villagers who would be forced to make way if the government redevelops parts of the northeastern New Territories vowed yesterday to defend their homes.

More than 130 affected individuals and representatives of concern groups attended a meeting of the Legislative Council's development panel to air their views on the government's plans.

9 Dec 2012 - 4:47am

Public consultation begins on unfair sales tactics

'Discounted' prices at supermarkets may be a misleading sales tactic. Photo: Bloomberg

Shoppers will benefit from a public consultation that will help define sales tactics that are misleading or induce them to make purchases.

This follows the passage of a law earlier this year to prosecute people who use unfair trade practices.

8 Dec 2012 - 4:10am

Yacht village may not be suitable

The proposed yacht race village will take up a substantial portion of the harbour. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Hong Kong public should be alarmed by the report ("Watchdog backs yacht race village", November 26) on the proposed "reclamation for a permanent breakwater of about 470 square metres" at the Wan Chai harbourfront put forward by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

Lawmakers reject call for public debate on gay-bias law

Members of the Family Morality Concern Network show their opposition to consulting the public on a new anti-discrimination law. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A motion calling for public debate on a law to ensure equal rights for people of all sexual orientations was voted down by lawmakers in an often heated session yesterday.

While most legislators agreed initially that public consultation on the issue would be beneficial there was deep division on whether a law was needed.

8 Nov 2012 - 7:35am 9 comments

Lawmakers to debate whether to hold consultation on gay discrimination

The Legislative Council will today debate whether to hold a public consultation on outlawing discrimination against someone because of their sexual orientation.

Critics fear such legislation would make opposing same-sex relationships a criminal offence and curtail freedom of expression.

7 Nov 2012 - 3:46am

In the absence of universal suffrage, public consultations play a vital role

The government stalled release of details of the public consultation on national education in schools because of privacy concerns. The eventual release of about 500 submissions to the Post revealed that contrary to official insistence that the subject had widespread support, public opinion was divided.

8 Oct 2012 - 2:32am 1 comment

Public consensus has to be heeded

Public consultations are a mixed blessing to good governance. When they do not arrive at a clear consensus on legislative or administrative proposals, vested interests quickly move in to exert pressure and the result is official procrastinating and backtracking.

17 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Consultation on electronic learning

The Education Bureau will canvass public views on the development of school textbooks and the use of electronic teaching materials this year, through a survey and public consultations. Writing on the bureau's website, Undersecretary for Education Kenneth Chen Wei-on also proposed running trial projects on the use of online teaching tools in schools.

5 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

No new heritage policy a year after Star Ferry furore

A year after the old Star Ferry clock tower was torn down and buried in a distant landfill amid vocal public opposition, a promised round of consultations on heritage policy has failed to materialise.

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am