United States Constitution

Debate on election law faces halt again

The shadow of adjournment is looming today as the Legislative Council debate continues on a bill to restrict by-elections.

Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am

Ins and outs of a filibuster at work

Debate on a controversial electoral bill got off to a slow start yesterday in the face of a filibuster by radical lawmakers who added to the effect of their 1,300 amendments by wielding the rules on quorums.

3 May 2012 - 12:00am

By-election ban would curb right to vote, Bar says

The Hong Kong Bar Association says it is not convinced by the government's arguments to stop lawmakers who resign mid-term from standing in by-elections for six months.

It argues that the amended proposal would curtail the right of voters to elect their preferred candidates.

19 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Law overhaul disappoints, reformers say

The new Criminal Procedural Law should make 'protecting human rights' a central principle to bring the statute in line with the country's constitution, top mainland legal experts said.

27 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Turn again

How many U-turns have you counted so far? I have lost track. There have been way too many to remember. Who can forget Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah's whopper of a U-turn in March? After insisting he would not budge on his budget, he did just that, and gave every adult citizen a HK$6,000 handout.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

By-election battle intensifies

The political battle over a controversial bill to scrap by-elections intensified last night as the government's big guns were rolled out to counter growing calls for the withdrawal of the proposed amendment.

30 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

By-election ruling too complex to rush

When a significant policy change is proposed by the government, the community must be given sufficient time to consider it and provide feedback. Vigorous vetting of any changes to the law is also needed to ensure they are legally sound. This is especially important if the policy has an impact on people's rights under the Basic Law.

24 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Pan-democrat walkout on by-elections

Pan-democrats staged a walkout from a Legislative Council committee yesterday, accusing the government of 'procedural violence' in its attempts to push through a law scrapping by-elections.

They later resigned en masse from the committee scrutinising the legislative amendment, and called on protesters to make the issue the focus of the annual July 1 demonstration.

23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

HK$6,000 handout likely to ease passage of budget bill in Legco

The government is likely to be spared a political crisis tomorrow as the majority of lawmakers seem ready to pass the budget and a controversial HK$6,000 cash handout.

13 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Battle looms over poll challenges

The government has proposed an amendment to the electoral law that would limit poll candidates' challenges to Court of First Instance decisions to the Court of Final Appeal. Constitutional affairs secretary Stephen Lam Sui-lung said this would shorten legal battles, but lawmakers fear it would unfairly limit the right of appeal and cost more than appeals to the Court of Appeal.

18 Jan 2011 - 12:00am

Legal moves cast doubt on political reform plan

While the Communist Party has made it clear that Chinese political reform will take place only in its own way and at its own pace, two recent legislative amendments have raised questions about whether this homespun style of political change is leading anywhere.

4 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Government does U-turn on landfill plan

The government last night did an abrupt U-turn on the extension of the Tseung Kwan O landfill.

Instead of the extension into country park land starting next month it will start in January 2012. The move is an attempt to buy time to resolve a row with the legislature over the controversial plan.

7 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

No need to involve Beijing in maid levy

The suspension of the levy on employers of domestic helpers removed an unpopular measure for two years. But, three months later, it continues to give the government grief. Lawmakers are proposing that the levy be abolished altogether, or suspended for five, 10 or 49 years.

7 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Lawmakers throw the future of anti-racial-bias bill into doubt

The government last night received a second severe blow to 'executive-led governance' in as many months as another crucial bill failed to pass as expected.

10 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Action demanded on radio report

The RTHK staff union and lawmakers have condemned a government admission that it has no timetable for publishing a report on public service broadcasting - saying it would leave RTHK's future up in the air.

30 Jan 2008 - 12:00am