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Statutory Law

Judge cuts planners down to size

The Town Planning Board drew criticism from a judge yesterday for imposing an 'arbitrary' height restriction on a Kowloon Bay estate that was headed for redevelopment.

Saturday, 12 May, 2012, 12:00am

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

Not just for official eyes any more

The news

8 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

North Point project faces height limits

A New World Development project in North Point has shown that obtaining building approval is not a guarantee that the redevelopment potential of a new site is assured, according to surveyors.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Public consultation should extend to internet

Public consultations are instrumental in keeping the government in touch with community opinion about proposed laws and administrative decisions. They are especially important in Hong Kong because it does not have representative government. Given that public opinion can be fluid, the government needs to plan consultations that are widely representative.

22 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Changes to maintenance legislation

Legislation to help divorced women receive maintenance through their former husbands' employers may soon be amended to cover government employees who fail to pay maintenance. An amendment to the Attachment of Income Order would be introduced to the Legislative Council in the 2006-07 session, Deputy Secretary for Home Affairs Donald Tong Chi-keung said.

14 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Happy Valley hit by new limits

Collective sales put on hold after Planning Department imposes height controls

Owners of old buildings in Happy Valley have seen the redevelopment potential of their properties decline after the government introduced height restrictions in the area.

13 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Snooping law sets the scene for distrust and disharmony

So, our pan-democratic legislators were defeated in their fight against the passage of the covert surveillance bill. Congratulations, Donald Tsang Yam-kuen, your divide-and-rule policy is working well - first winning you the Tamar complex and now hurrying this bill through in the heat of the summer recess.

7 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Snooping: a marathon begins

After nearly 12 hours, lawmakers call it a night on clause two of a 65-clause bill

Legco yesterday gave approval for vetting of the controversial covert surveillance bill to go ahead in a marathon session despite impassioned speeches against the move.

3 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

We're not getting enough bills, says Legco

The government should work harder at drafting bills because this year it has sent to the Legislative Council fewer than half the number of bills it had projected, according to lawmakers.

But officials said some bills had taken longer to finalise because of last-minute problems and the need to conduct further consultation.

10 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

Make public opinion count

Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen may not deliver much in his forthcoming constitutional reform package. But while democratic governance could be a distant goal, Mr Tsang might at least deliver a major revamping of the consultation system.

29 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Tang failed to disclose opposition to wine tax

His budget speech disregarded the findings of a public consultation

Hong Kong's high tariffs on wine and spirits were left unchanged in this year's budget after the financial secretary implied a public consultation supported the levies.

But the South China Morning Post has learned that two-thirds of the public's submissions wanted the tariffs reduced.

23 May 2005 - 12:00am

Input sought on rules for professions

Guangdong will hold public consultations on proposals to regulate professional associations, an official said yesterday.

More public input was needed on the matter, said the secretary-general of the Standing Committee of Guangdong Provincial People's Congress, Lin Huisu .

16 Oct 2004 - 12:00am

Backlog of bills puts pressure on legislators

Some proposals face being postponed until the next Legco session in October

Pressure is growing on lawmakers to finish studying the heavy backlog of bills after the Lunar New Year break.

At least 26 outstanding proposals are awaiting approval before the session ends in July.

26 Jan 2004 - 12:00am

Bar Association gives warning

It says the security bill has serious defects and lacks broad consensus

The Hong Kong Bar Association yesterday warned against any move to put the proposed national security legislation to the vote on Wednesday and claimed the legislative process had been compromised for political expediency.

5 Jul 2003 - 12:00am