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#MeToo: What’s next in the discussion about sexual assault?

2018-01-29

The widespread of the 'Me Too' hashtag on social media has brought global attention to different sexual assault incidents. In Hong Kong, an athlete’s revelation of being sexually assaulted when she was a secondary school student has also aroused public concern over the effectiveness of measures to protect children and teenagers from sexual assault, including the coverage of the Sexual Conviction Record Check  Scheme and whether organisations serving children and teenagers have developed sexual harassment policies. 


Having trouble finding polling stations?

2018-01-24

Voters can choose who to vote for, but there might not be much choice when it comes to polling booths. In recent years, the Registration and Electoral Office has encountered difficulties in identifying suitable venues as polling stations. While some suggest that certain venues such as publicly-funded schools should be made available for facilitating elections, its impact on regular venue users should not be overlooked.


When referendums say ‘no’ to regional cooperation…

2018-01-15

Cross-boundary cooperation is facing widespread scepticism in many corners of the world. In some cases, this sentiment has also manifested itself in referendums, which gives governments of other countries little chance to negotiate. How may referendums alter the future path of regional cooperation projects such as the Belt and Road Initiative?    


Bauhinia ‘2018-19 Budget’ submission

2018-01-03

Bauhinia has submitted a policy paper to the Financial Secretary’s Office on 3 January, advocating initiatives to strengthen and diversify local workforce with a view to overcoming demographic challenges in Hong Kong.



Revised postage rates, a possible trouble for Mr Postman?

2017-12-16

Hongkong Post (HKP) will adjust the principal postage rates with effect from 1 January, 2018, in order to offset escalating operating costs. Yet, there appears to be no let up on Mr Postman’s workload as rate adjustment may affect the competitiveness of HKP. What can HKP learn from the overseas examples to broaden sources of income and economise on expenditure?


The myth of hypoallergenic products

2017-12-04

People who suffer from allergies may purchase products and services that claim to prevent or even treat allergies. Nonetheless, do they have sufficient protection coverage?


Making playgrounds more fun for kids

2017-11-27

In Hong Kong, the designs of public playgrounds have been blamed for being too monotonous despite enjoying a high level of safety. As a parent, how to strike a balance between safety and fun? What are the implications of the concept of ‘risky play’ to Hong Kong?


A bottom-up approach to community development

2017-11-13

The implementation of the Localism Act of the United Kingdom as the devolution of power, confers Community Rights to local residents. Their hands-on experiences echo the recent calls for the community-initiated and bottom-up approach to local development in Hong Kong, and provoke discussions on the feasibility of such planning model.


Public interest VS confidentiality: Does Hong Kong need a Whistleblower Act?

2017-10-26

A whistleblower is a person who exposes internal information that constitutes a threat or harm to the public interest. Yet, such disclosures may be controversial. The whistleblower laws of the United Kingdom and the United States indicate different approaches on striking a balance between public interest and confidentiality. What can Hong Kong learn from them?