The implications for Australia of the 1997 transfer of sovereignty will be highlighted at a public hearing, legislators have been told. Legislator Emily Lau Wai-hing, who led a seven-member delegation to Australia last week, welcomed the decision by the Parliament in Canberra. She said the hearing, to be conducted by the human rights sub-committee of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, would also look at the protection of human rights. The terms of reference included inquiring into and reporting on the future of democratic political structures, and the condition of the remaining asylum-seekers. Ms Lau said no dates had been fixed for the hearing but it would be conducted between November and February in Australia.