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When referendums say ‘no’ to regional cooperation…


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


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?


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


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


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


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?


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?  

Bauhinia ‘2017 Policy Address’ submission


Bauhinia has submitted policy recommendations on ‘2017 Policy Address’ on 13 September, which proposes measures to revitalise public housing policies, promote workplace flexibility, strengthen primary care services and enhance the recognition of vocation education.

Legal aid services: Highly abused or highly insufficient?


A recent survey pointed out that significant gaps in legal aid services remained for the underprivileged group in Hong Kong. However, the funding for legal aid has been increasing over the past decade in parallel. Could it be associated with an abuse of the legal aid system? Is the existing legal support good enough?